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Australian Gold Star Race

Symmons Plains, 12 Nov 1967

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Greg Cusack Brabham BT23A [1] - Repco 640 V8
#7 Scuderia Veloce (see note 1)
65:05.0
2 John McCormack Brabham BT4 [IC-1-62] - Climax FPF 4
#66 John McCormack (see note 2)
60
3 David Sternberg (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Alexis Mk 6 [HF 601] - Ford twin cam
David Sternberg
56
4 Lyn Archer (ANF2/1.1) 1.1-litre Elfin Junior [6312] - Ford
Lyn Archer Motors
56
5 Max Stewart (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Rennmax BN1 - Ford
#44 Max Stewart Motors
52
6 Kevin Bartlett Brabham BT11A [IC-3-64] - Climax FPF 4
#5 Alec Mildren Racing
51
R Garrie Cooper (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Elfin Mono Mk IID [MD6755] - Ford twin cam
#2 Elfin Sports Cars
bearings
R Spencer Martin Brabham BT11A [IC-4-64] - Climax FPF 4
#1 Bob Jane Racing
21 cam follower
DNS Glyn Scott (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Lotus 27 [27-JM-18] - Ford twin cam
Glyn Scott Motors
Did not start
(accident)

All cars are 2.5-litre Tasman unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Greg Cusack (Tasman) 2.5-litre Brabham BT23A [1] - Repco 640 V8 57.0s
2 Kevin Bartlett (Tasman) 2.5-litre Brabham BT11A [IC-3-64] - Climax FPF 4 57.2s
3 Spencer Martin (Tasman) 2.5-litre Brabham BT11A [IC-4-64] - Climax FPF 4 1m 00.2s
4 John McCormack (Tasman) 2.5-litre Brabham BT4 [IC-1-62] - Climax FPF 4 1m 01.0s
5 Garrie Cooper (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Elfin Mono Mk IID [MD6755] - Ford twin cam 1m 01.3s
6 Max Stewart (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Rennmax BN1 - Ford 1m 01.9s
7 Glyn Scott * (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Lotus 27 [27-JM-18] - Ford twin cam 1m 02.5s
8 David Sternberg (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Alexis Mk 6 [HF 601] - Ford twin cam 1m 03.6s
10 Lyn Archer (ANF2/1.1) 1.1-litre Elfin Junior [6312] - Ford 1m 04.4s
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Brabham BT23A [1] (Greg Cusack): Built for Jack Brabham to use in the 1967 Tasman series and fitted with a 2.5-litre Repco 640 V8. Brabham won the last race of the series at Longford in March. The car was then sold to David McKay's Scuderia Veloce and entered for driver Greg Cusack in the 1967 Australian Gold Star. Cusack finished second in the series having won the Gold Star round at Symmons Plains in November, and two weeks later also took the Australian Hill Climb Championship in the car. Cusack then raced the BT23A in the Australian rounds of the 1968 Tasman series but was injured when he crashed at Longford in March, and decided to retire. Although extensively damaged, the car was repaired and Phil West took over the drive for the 1968 Gold Star, starting with victory at Bathurst on Easter Monday. The Brabham was then sold to Brian Page, who used it in Gold Star and regional events during 1969. After being missig for a couple of seasons, the Brabham was mentioned again in 1972 when Monarch-Ford racer Alan Stewart was said to have it for ANF2. At some point the car was crashed, and the rear of the chassis was replaced. Acquired by Peter Simms (Kurrajong, NSW Australia) in January 1980, restored and raced for the first time at Amaroo in August 1984. Raced in Australian historics by Simms for many years.
  2. Brabham BT4 [IC-1-62] (John McCormack): 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.

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.

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Individual sources for this event

Racing Car News Dec 1967 p42.