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Australian Gold Star Race

Sandown Park, 15 Sep 1968

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Glyn Scott (ANF1) 1.6-litre Bowin P3 [P3-101-68] - Cosworth FVA
#20 Glyn Scott Motors
69:52.2
2 Garrie Cooper (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Elfin 600B [6802] - Ford twin cam
Elfin Sports Cars
70:36.3
3 John Ampt (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Elfin Mono Mk IID [MD6756] - Ford twin cam
John Ampt
70:38.5
4 Clive Millis (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Elfin Mono Mk I [M6445] - Ford twin cam
Merlynston Motors
55
5 Maurie Quincey (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Elfin 600B [6803] - Ford twin cam
Maurie Quincey
54
R Peter Macrow (ANF1) 1.6-litre McLaren M4A [M4A/1] - Cosworth FVA
Argo Racing [Tony Osborne] (see note 1)
34 overheating
R Alfredo Costanzo (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Elfin Mono Mk IIB [MB6550] - Ford twin cam
Maranello Motors
25 engine
R Phil West Brabham BT23A [1] - Repco 640 V8
Scuderia Veloce (see note 2)
21 transmission
R Johnnie Walker (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Elfin Mono Mk IID [MC6652] - Ford twin cam
Gilbert Motor Bodies
19
R Kevin Bartlett Brabham BT23D [1] - Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 V8
Alec Mildren Racing (see note 3)
5 clutch
R Leo Geoghegan Lotus 39 [R12] - Repco 740 V8
#1 Geoghegan Racing Division
2 distributor
DNSC Allan Moffat Brabham BT23E [1] - Repco 830 V8
Bob Jane Racing (see note 4)
Did not start (crashed)

All cars are 2.5-litre Tasman unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Leo Geoghegan (Tasman) 2.5-litre Lotus 39 [R12] - Repco 740 V8 1m 06.6s
2 Kevin Bartlett (Tasman) 2.5-litre Brabham BT23D [1] - Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 V8 1m 07.3s
3 Phil West (Tasman) 2.5-litre Brabham BT23A [1] - Repco 640 V8 1m 08.5s
4 Peter Macrow (ANF1) 1.6-litre McLaren M4A [M4A/1] - Cosworth FVA 1m 10.1s
5 Allan Moffat * (Tasman) 2.5-litre Brabham BT23E [1] - Repco 830 V8
6 Glyn Scott (ANF1) 1.6-litre Bowin P3 [P3-101-68] - Cosworth FVA 1m 11.5s
7 Garrie Cooper (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Elfin 600B [6802] - Ford twin cam 1m 13.7s
8 Clive Millis (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Elfin Mono Mk I [M6445] - Ford twin cam 1m 13.8s
9 John Ampt (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Elfin Mono Mk IID [MD6756] - Ford twin cam 1m 14.4s
10 Johnnie Walker (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Elfin Mono Mk IID [MC6652] - Ford twin cam 1m 14.9s
11 Maurie Quincey (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Elfin 600B [6803] - Ford twin cam 1m 15.4s
12 Alfredo Costanzo (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Elfin Mono Mk IIB [MB6550] - Ford twin cam DNP
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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.
  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 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.
  4. Brabham BT23E [1] (Allan Moffat): Built for Jack Brabham to use in the 1968 Tasman series and fitted with a 2.5-litre Repco V8. Sold to Bob Jane Racing but crashed by John Harvey in practice at Bathurst in April. Crashed again by Allan Moffat in practice at Sandown Park in September. For Harvey again in the 1969 Australian Gold Star, the 1970 Tasman series (Warwick Farm and Sandown Park only) and for the first race of the 1970 Australian Gold Star (won at Symmons Plains March 1970). Then sold to Bob 'Woody' Curran and fitted with a Ford twin cam for ANF2 racing in Tasmania from 1971 to 1977. From Curran to David Madrers in the early 1980s and started restoration before selling to Bill Marshall in 1983 who completed the restoration and used it in historic racing in Australia. Then sold via Ray Delaney (Melbourne, Australia) to Art Valdez (Torrance, CA) in late 1990, and remained in his collection for many years, until sold to a UK consortium in 2017.

Sources

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