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Australian Gold Star Race

Bathurst, 7 Apr 1969

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Jack Brabham Brabham BT31 [1] - Repco 830 V8
#6 Jack Brabham (see note 1)
60:22.1
2 John Harvey Brabham BT23E [1] - Repco 830 V8
#4 Bob Jane Racing (see note 2)
61:53.7
3 Henk Woelders (ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 600B [6806] - Ford twin cam
#11 Bill Patterson Motors
24
4 Alton Boddenberg (ANF2) 1.5-litre Lotus 32 [32-FL-7] - Ford
Alton Boddenberg
23
5 Malcolm Bailey (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Elfin Junior [612] - Peugeot
Malcolm Bailey
20
6 Alan Watson (F?) Delta - Ford
Alan Watson
14
R Brian Page Brabham BT23A [1] - Repco 640 V8
Brian Page (see note 3)
15 exhaust
R Leo Geoghegan Lotus 39 [R12] - Repco 730 V8
#5 Geoghegan Racing Division
12 gearbox
R Max Stewart (ANF2) 1.6-litre Mildren (Rennmax) - Waggott TC4V
#44 Alec Mildren Racing
0 accident
R Niel Allen (ANF2) 1.6-litre McLaren M4A [M4A/2] - Cosworth FVA
#2 N.E.Allen (see note 4)
0 accident
R Glyn Scott (ANF2) 1.6-litre Bowin P3 [P3-101-68] - Cosworth FVA
Glyn Scott Motors
0 accident

All cars are 2.5-litre Tasman unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Leo Geoghegan (Tasman) 2.5-litre Lotus 39 [R12] - Repco 730 V8 2m 15.7s
2 Niel Allen (ANF2) 1.6-litre McLaren M4A [M4A/2] - Cosworth FVA 2m 16.5s
3 Max Stewart (ANF2) 1.6-litre Mildren (Rennmax) - Waggott TC4V 2m 16.8s
4 John Harvey (Tasman) 2.5-litre Brabham BT23E [1] - Repco 830 V8 2m 16.8s
5 Glyn Scott (ANF2) 1.6-litre Bowin P3 [P3-101-68] - Cosworth FVA 2m 20.4s
6 Brian Page (Tasman) 2.5-litre Brabham BT23A [1] - Repco 640 V8 2m 23.1s
7 Jack Brabham (Tasman) 2.5-litre Brabham BT31 [1] - Repco 830 V8 2m 26.0s
9 Henk Woelders (ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 600B [6806] - Ford twin cam 2m 31.3s
10 Alton Boddenberg (ANF2) 1.5-litre Lotus 32 [32-FL-7] - Ford 2m 35.1s
11 Malcolm Bailey (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Elfin Junior [612] - Peugeot 2m 56.5s
12 Alan Watson (F?) Delta - Ford 2m 58.0s

Notes on the cars:

  1. Brabham BT31 [1] (Jack Brabham): New for Jack Brabham for the 1969 Tasman series but only appeared for the last race. Used also to win one Gold Star race but then remained with Repco in Australia as a show car. To Repco employee Rodway Wolfe in 1974 and sold to collector Dr Bill Marshall in 1984. To Bib Stillwell in 1987 to join his collection of cars. Sold in January 2000 to Jeremy Thomas (Hundon, Suffolk). To Peter McLaughlin (Hannover, NH) July 2006. To Peter Strauss (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) January 2011 and used in Australian historic racing.
  2. Brabham BT23E [1] (John Harvey): 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.
  3. Brabham BT23A [1] (Brian Page): 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.
  4. McLaren M4A [M4A/2] (Niel Allen): Entered by John Coombes for Piers Courage in F2 in 1967. Crashed at Brands Hatch in August 1967 and believed to have been rebuilt on a new tub before its next race at Albi four weeks later, but Autosport makes no mention of a rebuild nor of it being a new car. Raced by Piers Courage in the 1968 Tasman series. Sold to Niel Allen and raced in Australian events in 1968 until Allen crashed heavily at Lakeside in July, reportedly requiring another new tub to be fabricated. Raced again by Allen in 1969, then to Pat Burke for drivers Len Goodwin 1970-71 and Warwick Brown 1971. Sold by Burke and Peter Malloy to Erol Richardson but bought back by Pat Burke around 1982. Restored by Molloy for Burke and retained until sold to John Hugenholtz. To David Coplowe (England) by 1994. Raced in the HSCC Historic Formula Racing Car Championship in 1995. Raced by Coplowe until 2010, and sold to Gareth Williams (Oxfordshire) in 2012.

Sources

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