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Australian Gold Star Race

Mallala, 14 Oct 1968

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Leo Geoghegan Lotus 39 [R12] - Repco 740 V8
#1 Geoghegan Racing Division
58:20.9
2 Kevin Bartlett Brabham BT23D [1] - Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 V8
#5 Alec Mildren Racing (see note 1)
58:43.6
3 Glyn Scott (ANF1) 1.6-litre Bowin P3 [P3-101-68] - Cosworth FVA
#20 Glyn Scott Motors
46
4 Garrie Cooper (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Elfin 600B [6802] - Ford
#2 Elfin Sports Cars
46
5 Phil West Brabham BT23A [1] - Repco 640 V8
#3 Scuderia Veloce (see note 2)
45
6 Max Stewart (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Rennmax BN2 - Ford twin cam
#44 Max Stewart Motors
45
7 John Ampt (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Elfin Mono Mk IID [MD6756] - Ford twin cam
#15 John Ampt
44
8 Brian Page (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Brabham BT2 [FJ-12-62] - Ford twin cam
#16 Brian Page (see note 3)
44
9 Deane Clough (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Elfin Mono Mk I [M6442] - Ford
#4 Elfin Sports Cars
41
10 Don Fraser Cicada [3] - BRM s4
#10 Don Fraser
38
R Clive Millis (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Elfin Mono Mk I [M6445] - Ford twin cam
#50 Merlynston Motors
24
R Johnnie Walker (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Elfin Mono Mk IID [MC6652] - Ford twin cam
#25 Gilbert Motor Bodies
17
R Helene Bittner (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Rebelle - Ford
#90 Helene Bittner
15
R Col Green Brabham BT16 [F2-8-65] - Climax FPF 4
#14 Col Green (see note 4)
5
DNS Peter Macrow (ANF1) 1.6-litre McLaren M4A [M4A/1] - Cosworth FVA
Argo Racing [Tony Osborne] (see note 5)
Did not start
(clutch)
DNS Jimmy W Orr (ANF2/1.1) Austin Special
Jimmy Orr
Did not start
DNA Maurie Quincey (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Elfin 600B [6803] - Ford twin cam
Maurie Quincey
Did not arrive

All cars are 2.5-litre Tasman unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Leo Geoghegan (Tasman) 2.5-litre Lotus 39 [R12] - Repco 740 V8 1m 11.5s
2 Kevin Bartlett (Tasman) 2.5-litre Brabham BT23D [1] - Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 V8 1m 12.6s
3 Glyn Scott (ANF1) 1.6-litre Bowin P3 [P3-101-68] - Cosworth FVA 1m 14.2s
4 Phil West (Tasman) 2.5-litre Brabham BT23A [1] - Repco 640 V8 1m 14.3s
5 Johnnie Walker (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Elfin Mono Mk IID [MC6652] - Ford twin cam 1m 14.7s
6 Max Stewart (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Rennmax BN2 - Ford twin cam 1m 14.9s
7 Peter Macrow * (ANF1) 1.6-litre McLaren M4A [M4A/1] - Cosworth FVA
8 John Ampt (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Elfin Mono Mk IID [MD6756] - Ford twin cam 1m 16.7s
9 Garrie Cooper (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Elfin 600B [6802] - Ford 1m 16.9s
10 Brian Page (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Brabham BT2 [FJ-12-62] - Ford twin cam 1m 17.8s
11 Don Fraser (Tasman) 2.5-litre Cicada [3] - BRM s4 1m 18.9s
12 Col Green (Tasman) 2.5-litre Brabham BT16 [F2-8-65] - Climax FPF 4 1m 19.4s
13 Deane Clough (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Elfin Mono Mk I [M6442] - Ford 1m 22.1s
14 Clive Millis (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Elfin Mono Mk I [M6445] - Ford twin cam 1m 23.5s
15 Helene Bittner (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Rebelle - Ford 1m 23.5s
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Brabham BT23D [1] (Kevin Bartlett): The one-off BT23D was built for Alec Mildren Racing for Tasman racing and fitted with a 2.5-litre Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 V8. It debuted in Frank Gardner's hands at the Warwick Farm Gold Star race in Dec 1967 and was then raced by Garder in every race of the 1968 Tasman series. Kevin Bartlett took over the drive for the 1968 Australian Gold Star season and the 1969 Tasman series. It was then sold to Jim Abbott who acquired a 5-litre Traco Oldsmobile engine from Frank Matich and built what was claimed to be the first Formula 5000 in Australia. It was displayed at Abbott's Melbourne Racing Car Show and thereafter mainly used in hillclimbs. Its racing career ended after the death of a later pilot, Chris Murphy, but the remains were acquired in 1985 by Paul Moxham who had it fully restored with its original Autodelta engines.
  2. Brabham BT23A [1] (Phil West): Built for Jack Brabham to use in the 1967 Tasman series and fitted with a 2.5-litre Repco V8. Won at Longford in March. Sold to David McKay's Scuderia Veloce and entered for Greg Cusack to drive in the 1967 Australian Gold Star and the 1968 Tasman, but Cusack was injured when he crashed at Longford in March 1968, and decided to retire. The car was extensively damaged, but was repaired and Phil West took over the drive for the 1968 Gold Star, starting with victory at Bathurst on Easter Monday. Then sold to Brian Page and used in Gold Star and regional events. Mentioned again in 1972 when Monarch-Ford racer Alan Stewart was said to have it for ANF2. Crashed at some point and the rear of the chassis 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.
  3. Brabham BT2 [FJ-12-62] (Brian Page): Sold via Brabham's Australian agent Alec Mildren Pty Ltd to David Walker, and raced by Walker in 1963, 1964 and early 1965. Raced by Ralph Sach in 1965 then a Mildren entry with a 1500cc Ford twin cam for Frank Gardner and Kevin Bartlett during the 1965/66 season. To Competition Cars (Aust) for Mike Champion in the 1966 and 1967 Gold Star seasons, then to Brian Page for 1968. Entered by Graham Collier for Jack Bono in 1969. Through Australian owners Chris Farrell 1971, James Crawford 1973, Greg Kinlin 1977 and Graham Healey 1984 to Bryan Miller 1984 who restored it to Alec Mildren late 1965 spec with Ford twin-cam and raced extensively. To Colin Haste (Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia) 1998 and raced extensively in Australian Formula Junior Association events.
  4. Brabham BT16 [F2-8-65] (Col Green): John Coombes entered this Brabham BT16 for Graham Hill in 1965, fitted with a BRM P71 engine. Hill continued to race it in the early part of 1966 after which it was then refitted with a 2.5-litre Climax FPF and taken to Australia by Frank Gardner to be used in Tasman racing. Gardner won first time out at a Gold Star race at Warwick Farm in December 1966 and then raced it in the 1967 Tasman series as part of Alec Mildren's team. After the series it was acquired by Niel Allen who planned to race it himself but instead entered it for Fred Gibson in 1967 and again in early 1968 before it was sold to Col Green in mid-1968. Retained by Green for three seasons and then sold to Neil Rear (Perth, Western Australia) and raced by him at Waneroo Park in 1972. In 1973, it was fitted with a Cosworth 1600 engine and at the end of that season, Rear sold it to Colin Hall, who planned to fit a Lotus twin cam, but continued to drive his Macon instead. The Brabham passed through various owners until acquired by photographer Julian Cowan. Sold via Bonhams to Rob McMillan (Sydney, NSW, Australia) and rebuilt on a replica chassis for historic racing, the original chassis being cut up and scrapped.
  5. McLaren M4A [M4A/1] (Peter Macrow): Entered by Bruce McLaren Motor Racing for Bruce McLaren in F2 in 1967. Sold to Jim Palmer (NZ) 1968, then to Tony Osborne's Argo Racing in Australia July 1968, driven by Peter Macrow in 1968 and then Alfredo Costanzo from 1968 to 1971. To Ken Hastings mid-1971, who swapped the FVA for a Ford twin-cam for 1972, and the to John Sheppard August 1973. Fitted with a 1300cc Toyota Corolla engine by Geoff Kennett 1974. Later Tony Armstrong (Victoria, Australia) in November 1982 and rebuilt around 1985. At Christie's Melbourne auction 1990 where it was sold to Art Valdez (Torrance, CA). It emained in Valdez' collection for many years, until sold to a UK consortium in 2017.

Sources

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