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South Pacific Championship

Longford, 4 Mar 1963

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Bruce McLaren (libre) 2.7-litre Cooper T62 ["CTA/BM/2"] - Climax FPF 4
25 1h 01m 03.8s
2 Bib Stillwell (libre) 2.7-litre Brabham BT4 [IC-3-62] - Climax FPF 4
(see note 1)
25 1h 02m 05.5s
3 John Youl (libre) 2.5-litre Cooper T55 [F1-10-61] - Climax FPF 4
25 1h 02m 58.6s
4 Jim Palmer (libre) 2.5-litre Cooper T53 ['P2'] - Climax FPF 4
Bowmaker RT
25 1h 03m 36.2s
5 Bill Patterson (libre) 2.5-litre Cooper Mk IV 'T51' ["F2-2-57" or "F2-5-57"] - Climax FPF 4
(see note 2)
25 1h 04m 00.9s
6 Tony Maggs (libre) 2.7-litre Lola Mk4 - Climax FPF 4
Bowmaker RT
25 1h 04m 14.3s
7 Chris Amon (libre) 2.5-litre Cooper T53 ['F2-8-60' (III)] - Climax FPF 4
Scuderia Veloce

8 Peter Boyd-Squires (libre) 2-litre Cooper Mk III 'T45' [F2-21-58] - Climax FPF 4

9 Bob Holden (FJ 1.5) 1.5-litre Lynx - Peugeot

R Jack Brabham (libre) 2.7-litre Brabham BT4 [IC-2-62] - Climax FPF 4
(see note 3)
14 oil-leak
R Lex Davison (libre) 2.5-litre Cooper T53 [F2-17-60] - Climax FPF 4
#41
5 gear-selectors
R Tony Shelly (libre) 2.5-litre Lotus 18/21 [P1] - Climax FPF 4
2
R Frank Matich (sports) 2.5-litre Lotus 19 [950] - Climax FPF 4
2 water-hose
R David McKay (libre) 2.7-litre Brabham BT4 [IC-1-62] - Climax FPF 4
Scuderia Veloce (see note 4)
1 sealing-rings
UNK Frank Gardner (FJ) 1.1-litre Brabham BT2 [FJ-8-62] - Ford
(see note 5)

DNS Bryan Thomson (libre) 2.5-litre Cooper Mk IV 'T51' [F2-14-59] - Climax s/c 4
(see note 6)
Did not start
Qualifying
1 Bruce McLaren (libre) 2.7-litre Cooper T62 ["CTA/BM/2"] - Climax FPF 4 2m 22.6s
2 Bib Stillwell (libre) 2.7-litre Brabham BT4 [IC-3-62] - Climax FPF 4 2m 23.0s
3 Lex Davison (libre) 2.5-litre Cooper T53 [F2-17-60] - Climax FPF 4
4 Tony Maggs (libre) 2.7-litre Lola Mk4 - Climax FPF 4
5 David McKay (libre) 2.7-litre Brabham BT4 [IC-1-62] - Climax FPF 4
6 Jack Brabham (libre) 2.7-litre Brabham BT4 [IC-2-62] - Climax FPF 4
7 John Youl (libre) 2.5-litre Cooper T55 [F1-10-61] - Climax FPF 4
8 Chris Amon (libre) 2.5-litre Cooper T53 ['F2-8-60' (III)] - Climax FPF 4
9 Jim Palmer (libre) 2.5-litre Cooper T53 ['P2'] - Climax FPF 4
10 Bill Patterson (libre) 2.5-litre Cooper Mk IV 'T51' ["F2-2-57" or "F2-5-57"] - Climax FPF 4
11 Tony Shelly (libre) 2.5-litre Lotus 18/21 [P1] - Climax FPF 4
12 Frank Gardner (FJ) 1.1-litre Brabham BT2 [FJ-8-62] - Ford
13 Peter Boyd-Squires (libre) 2-litre Cooper Mk III 'T45' [F2-21-58] - Climax FPF 4
14 Frank Matich (sports) 2.5-litre Lotus 19 [950] - Climax FPF 4
15 Bob Holden (FJ 1.5) 1.5-litre Lynx - Peugeot

Notes on the cars:

  1. Brabham BT4 [IC-3-62] (Bib Stillwell): New to Bib Stillwell for the Australian Internationals in February 1963. Used by Stillwell to win the 1963 Australian Gold Star and then, having acquired the 2.7-litre engine from Jack Brabham's BT4, he won the Gold Star again in 1964. Sold to Bill Thomasen in New Zealand and used in NZ Gold Star in 1964/65 before it was sold to Ecurie Palm Court who ran it for Ian Green and John Riley in late-season 1964/65 races and in Australian Gold Star races in August 1965. To Robbie Francevic in time for the 1965/66 NZ season and then quickly sold again, this time to Syd Jensen. Jenson leased it to Jim Boyd for the 1967 Internationals and then sold it to Bryan Faloon in March 1967. Raced and crashed many times by Faloon before he joined the Rorstan team for 1969/70 and the BT4 was finally retired. Sold by Faloon's estate to David Manton in 1981, then to Richard Hook (Auckland, NZ), who restored the car to its original Tasman specification and used it in historic racing in 1990. Then through four other historic racers until bought by the Minshaw family in 2005. Raced by Jason Minshaw from 2005 onwards.
  2. Cooper Mk IV 'T51' ["F2-2-57" or "F2-5-57"] (Bill Patterson): In December 1960, Bill Patterson acquired a full 2.5-litre Cooper T51 in England and had it shipped to Australia. This "new" car has been described by Patterson and by later owner Murray Richards in a number of ways, including "ex-works", "ex-Brabham" and "ex-Salvadori". It was said to have been bought from a private team and given the dispersal of the 1959 works T51s, that suggests either Tommy Atkins team or Fred Tuck's. The Salvadori reference would indicate Atkins' team so this car may be the late 1959 works car that was then acquired by Atkins for Salvadori to race in F1 in 1960. Whatever its origins, Patterson debuted the car at Warwick Farm on 29 Jan 1961 and used it to win the 1961 Gold Star. He retained it as a show car after replacing it in 1963 and finally sold it in 1988 to Murray Richards for historic racing. It was sold to Rod Jolley in England in the mid-1990s. It was still owned by Jolley in 2007.
  3. Brabham BT4 [IC-2-62] (Jack Brabham): New for Jack Brabham to drive in the Australian Internationals in February 1963. Then left with Repco over the Australian winter and used by Denny Hulme in the 1964 Tasman series. Sold to veteran Australian Lex Davison for the 1964 Australian Gold Star but heavily damaged in the accident that took Davison's life at Sandown Park early 1965. Sold with all Davison's equipment to Wally Mitchell and some parts used in the RM1 sports car in which Mitchell was later killed. The frame of the Brabham was not used in the RM1 and this was sold to Fred Wheelhouse and rebuilt as a complete car. Owned by David Sternberg in Tasmania in 1968 and probably the car owned by David Powell in Tasmania in 1969. Then unknown until reported to be owned by Austin Miller (Launceston, Tasmania) in 1983. Still with Miller in 1995 but by 2000 it had moved to the UK and was owned by John Coombs, who sold it to Frank Sytner. Raced by Sytner from 2001 to 2008 and then sold to David Jacobs (Boulder, CO) and raced in the US until sold to Terry Rush in New Zealand in February 2011.
  4. Brabham BT4 [IC-1-62] (David McKay): New for Jack Brabham to drive at the November 1962 Australian GP. Used by Brabham in the New Zealand Internationals in January 1963, winning at Levin, then sold to Dave McKay's Scuderia Veloce for the Australian International races the following month. Raced by Graham Hill for McKay in the 1964 Tasman series, winning the Longford race in March. To Len Southward's Lesco Racing Team for Kerry Grant to drive during the 1964/65 season, and for Neil Whittaker in 1965/66. Sold to John McCormack (Davenport, Tasmania) and raced on through the next three seasons. From McCormack to John Blanden (Adelaide, South Australia) in 1978 and extensively rebuilt. To Ken Messenger (Adelaide) March 1982, then to Art Valdez (Torrance, CA) in 1986, and remained in his collection for many years, until sold to a UK consortium in 2017.
  5. Brabham BT2 [FJ-8-62] (Frank Gardner): Either a replacement for Frank Gardner's FJ-2-62 at some unknown point during the 1962 season or a new identity given to the car when it was shipped to Australia at the end of the European season. Used by Gardner in Australian national racing in early 1963 and then to Len Deaton later in 1963. To Barry Collerson for 1964 and 1965, then Kevin Pinkstone 1966. Then to further Australian owners John Mellen 1969, Peter Taylor and Brian Morrow 1972, John Hilliar 1973, Spencer Bates 1977, Tony Galletly 1980, Bryan Miller 1982, Tony Moodie 1991 and Ken Hastings 1992. While with Hastings it was damaged and rebuilt with a new frame. Then sold to John Streets in the US 2001 then to Dave Zurlinden (Carmel Valley, CA) in 2003 and raced to the end of 2008. To John Dowson (Tunbridge Wells, Kent) September 2009. Sold to Chris Chilcott (Aberdeen, Scotland) in February 2015, together with the damaged original frame.
  6. Cooper Mk IV 'T51' [F2-14-59] (Bryan Thomson): Delivered to Victa Consolidated Industries (Australia) according to the Cooper Register.

Sources

The identification of individual cars in these results is based on the material presented elsewhere in this site and may in some cases contradict the organisers' original results.

These results have been compiled by David McKinney from a wide rangle of sources, including his own magazine articles and books. The 1959-1963 results are complete but for the 1957 and 1958 seasons, the only cars currently shown in the results are the F1, Intercontinental and F2 cars that feature elsewhere on this site plus the major Australian specials.

All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome. Please email Allen (allen@oldracingcars.com) if you can help in any way with our research.