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Australian Gold Star Race

Sandown Park, 20 Sep 1969

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 John Harvey Brabham BT23E [1] - Repco 830 V8
#5 Bob Jane Racing (see note 1)
70:28.1
2 Kevin Bartlett Mildren 'Mono' - Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 V8
#1 Alec Mildren Racing
71:37.7
3 Niel Allen (ANF2) 1.6-litre McLaren M4A [M4A/2] - Cosworth FVA
Allen Auto Industries (see note 2)
55
4 Garrie Cooper (ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 600B [6802] - Ford twin cam
Elfin Sports Cars
54
5 Henk Woelders (ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 600B [6806] - Ford twin cam
Bill Patterson Motors
54
6 Leo Geoghegan Lotus 39 [R12] - Repco 730 V8
Geoghegan Racing Division
53
7 John Ampt (ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin Mono Mk IID [MD6756] - Ford twin cam
John Ampt
52
8 Jon Davison (ANF2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT6 [FJ-15-63] - Ford twin cam
Jon Davison (see note 3)
51
R Johnnie Walker (ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 600B [6907] - Ford twin cam
Gilbert Motor Bodies
31
R Max Stewart (ANF2) 1.6-litre Mildren (Rennmax) - Waggott TC4V
#11 Alec Mildren Racing
12
R Bob Muir Rennmax "BN2" - Climax FPF 4
Bob Muir
0
DNS Clive Millis (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Rennmax BN2 - Ford
Clive Millis Motors
Did not start
DNS Col Green Brabham BT16 [F2-8-65] - Climax FPF 4
Col Green (see note 4)
Did not start
DNS Brian Page Brabham BT23A [1] - Repco 640 V8
Brian Page (see note 5)
Did not start

All cars are 2.5-litre Tasman unless noted.

Qualifying
1 John Harvey (Tasman) 2.5-litre Brabham BT23E [1] - Repco 830 V8 1m 06.3s
2 Kevin Bartlett (Tasman) 2.5-litre Mildren 'Mono' - Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 V8 1m 07.3s
3 Leo Geoghegan (Tasman) 2.5-litre Lotus 39 [R12] - Repco 730 V8 1m 07.7s
4 Niel Allen (ANF2) 1.6-litre McLaren M4A [M4A/2] - Cosworth FVA 1m 07.8s
5 Max Stewart (ANF2) 1.6-litre Mildren (Rennmax) - Waggott TC4V 1m 07.9s
8 Clive Millis * (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Rennmax BN2 - Ford 2m 26.8s
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Brabham BT6 [FJ-15-63] (Jon Davison): Sold to Greg Cusack for Australian Formula Junior in 1963, probably via Brabham's new Australian agent Alec Mildren Pty Ltd. Fitted with a 1500cc Ford engine for Australian national racing in 1964 then sold to Kurt Keller near the end of the year. Next seen early 1966,raced by Paul Bolton. Reappeared again in mid-1967 now back in 1100cc form for ANF2 and raced by Henk Woelders. Sold to Jon Davison, son of the late Lex Davison, for 1969 and raced by him for two more seasons. According to John Blanden's 'Historic Racing Cars in Australia, it was sold in 1970 to Harry and Val Forde and retained by them until 1999 when it was sold to Peter Johnson (Sydney). Raced by Johnson in historic FJ racing in Australia. Sold in 2010 to Tony Simmons (Sydney) and taken to the UK in 2011 for HSCC events and the Goodwood Revival.
  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, Australia) and rebuilt on a replica chassis for historic racing, the original chassis being cut up and scrapped.
  5. 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.

Sources

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