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Channel 7 Trophy

Adelaide International Raceway, 7 Oct 1973

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 John McCormack Elfin MR5 [5711] - Repco Holden V8
Ansett Team Elfin (see note 1)
67 58m 22.7s
166.12 kph
2 Johnnie Walker Lola T330 [HU23] - Repco Holden V8
#25 John Walker Racing (see note 2)
66
3 Max Stewart Lola T330 [HU1] - Chevrolet V8
#6 Seiko Service Centre (see note 3)
64
4 Enno Buesselman (ANF2) 1.6-litre Birrana 273 [273-009] - Ford twin cam
Bob and Marj Brown
63
5 Leo Geoghegan (ANF2) 1.6-litre Birrana 273 [273-006] - Ford twin cam
Grace Bros - 5AD/City State Racing
62
6 Garrie Cooper Elfin MR5 [5723] - Repco Holden V8
#2 Ansett Team Elfin (see note 4)
62
7 Chris Farrell (ANF2) 1.6-litre Dolphin 732 ['2'] - Ford twin cam
Chris Farrell
60
8 Stan Keen Elfin MR5 [5724] - Ford V8
(see note 5)
56
R Malcolm Ramsay (ANF2) 1.6-litre Birrana 273 [273-010] - Ford twin cam
20
R Kevin Bartlett Lola T330 [HU22] - Chevrolet V8
#5 (see note 6)
20
R Warwick Brown McLaren M10B [400-19-2] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 7)
8
DNA Bob Skelton (ANF2) 1.6-litre Bowin P6 [P6-119-72] - Ford twin cam Hart
Did not arrive
DNA Bruce Allison (ANF2) 1.6-litre Bowin P6 [P6F-129-73] - Ford twin cam
Did not arrive
DNA Erol Richardson Wortmeyer SCV - Chevrolet V8
J.F. Wortmeyer
Did not arrive
DNA Michael Stillwell (ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 622 [72420] - Ford twin cam
Did not arrive
DNA Neville Cooper (ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 622 [73429] - Ford twin cam
Did not arrive

All cars are 5-litre F5000 unless noted.

Qualifying
- Kevin Bartlett (F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU22] - Chevrolet V8 50.5s
- John McCormack (F5000) 5-litre Elfin MR5 [5711] - Repco Holden V8 50.5s
- Johnnie Walker (F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU23] - Repco Holden V8 50.5s
- Max Stewart (F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU1] - Chevrolet V8 50.8s
- Garrie Cooper (F5000) 5-litre Elfin MR5 [5723] - Repco Holden V8 51.5s
- Stan Keen (F5000) 5-litre Elfin MR5 [5724] - Ford V8 52.6s
- Warwick Brown (F5000) 5-litre McLaren M10B [400-19-2] - Chevrolet V8 53.0s
- Malcolm Ramsay (ANF2) 1.6-litre Birrana 273 [273-010] - Ford twin cam 53.4s
- Enno Buesselman (ANF2) 1.6-litre Birrana 273 [273-009] - Ford twin cam 53.8s
- Leo Geoghegan (ANF2) 1.6-litre Birrana 273 [273-006] - Ford twin cam 54.0s
- Chris Farrell (ANF2) 1.6-litre Dolphin 732 ['2'] - Ford twin cam 55.9s

Notes on the cars:

  1. Elfin MR5 [5711] (John McCormack): New to John McCormack in September 1971, and raced in Australian Gold Star, taking two second places and a win from three races. Raced by McCormack in the 1972 Tasman series, and the 1972 Australian Gold Star, where he won one race. Then raced in the 1973 Tasman series, where he won the NZ GP and the Adelaide '100', and in the 1973 Australian Gold Star, when he won two races and the championship. Raced again in the 1974 Tasman, again winning the NZ GP. Raced by Phil Moore in the 1974 Gold Star. Sold to Glen Nichols December 1975, and entered for the Rothmans Internationals, but did not start a race. History then unknown until bought from Les Swallow by Gavin Sala, and sold to John McCormack for restoration some time before 1992.
  2. Lola T330 [HU23] (Johnnie Walker): See full history: Lola T330 HU23.
  3. Lola T330 [HU1] (Max Stewart): Works car for Frank Gardner at the end of 1972, then to Max Stewart for the 1973 Tasman series, the 1973 US series, 1973 Australian Gold Star, 1974 Tasman, and 1974 Gold Star. Driven by David Oxton in the 1975 New Zealand Tasman races, then by Stewart for last two races of Tasman 1975 after he gave up on his Lola T400. Driven by John Leffler, Stewart and Paul Bernasconi during 1975. To Ian Adams (NSW, Australia) 1976, and raced until 1982. Sold by Adams to Darcy Russell (Moorabbin, Victoria, Australia) in 1988, and raced in historic racing from 1992 onwards. Appeared regularly at the VHRR Phillip Island Classic from 1997 to 2016, and in the Australian GP support races in 2009 and 2010. More information about Lola T330 HU1
  4. Elfin MR5 [5723] (Garrie Cooper): Works Elfin Sports Cars entry for Garrie Cooper in the 1972 Tasman and Australian Gold Star, the 1973 Tasman and Australian Gold Star, the 1974 Tasman and Australian Gold Star, and the 1975 Tasman and Australian Gold Star. Rebuilt in August 1975 as the MR5-B. Sold to John Edmonds for the last race of the Australian Gold Star, then the 1976 New Zealand and Australian Internationals, the 1976 national season, and the 1977 Australian Internationals. Then to Phil Ward 1977, and then with Mike Pope from 1980 to 1986. History then unknown until bought from Geoff Munday by Gavin Sala. Sold by Sala to Ken Smith in Nnew Zealand, and reportedly with Barrie Flett in 1994. The car is said to have spent time in a museum in NZ, before being bought by Smith again, and sold back to Geoff Munday some time before 2014.
  5. Elfin MR5 [5724] (Stan Keen): New to John Walker 1972, but he quickly replaced it with a Matich A50. Sold to Stan Keen and fitted with a Ford V8 later in the 1972 season, but not raced after October 1973. Sold to Peter "Chris" Middleton 1977, and raced in the 1978 Australian Internationals, and in the 1978 and 1979 Australian national seasons. Sold to Tony Parkinson 1979, then to Mike Adams 1981. It was then rebodied by Elfin, renamed 815, and raced by Mike Trengove and by Adams in 1981 and 1982. Sold to Paul Trevethan, then to Peter Brennan in the mid-1980s who restored it to original specification, and fitted a flat plane crank Repco Holden engine. To David Doubtfire in 1991, then to Max Floreani in 1996, and raced by Tony Floreani in historics up to 2013.
  6. Lola T330 [HU22] (Kevin Bartlett): New to Kevin Bartlett (Aus) 1973. First raced in Australia September 1973, then in the 1974 Tasman series, but crashed in practice at Pukekohe and effectively written off.
  7. McLaren M10B [400-19-2] (Warwick Brown): A spare chassis supplied to Niel Allen. Built up and sold to Allan Hamilton for Australian Gold Star 1971, then to Pat Burke Racing for Warwick Brown in 1972 Tasman series and in 1972 Australian Gold Star. Raced by Bob Muir at a couple of 1973 Tasman races, then for Warwick Brown again in the 1973 Gold Star. Suspension and other parts used for Bryan Thomson's VW Sports Sedan in 1974, but the McLaren tub built up again, and sold via Peter Bick, Paul Trevethan and George Parlby to Llynden Riethmuller. Acquired from Riethmuller's family after his death by Alan Hamilton in 2011. Raced by Alfredo Costanzo in historic events in 2013, 2015, and 2016. To Giuseppe 'Joe' Ricciardo by 2016. More information about McLaren M10B 400-19

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.

Australian Gold Star results for the period 1971-1976 are now available from a variety Australian magazines and yearbooks. As well as Racing Car News, results have been cross-checked against the 1972 Australian Motoring Yearbook and the 1973 and 1974 Australian Competition Yearbooks. Information is added from Autosport where available. The 1975 season was collated by Glenn Moulds using Racing Car News, Australian Auto Action, Chequered Flag, Australian Competition Year, "50 Years Of The Australian Grand Prix" and "Australia's Elfin Sports and Racing Cars". For the 1976 season, Glenn was also able to use Motor Sport Reporter from R3 Calder onwards.

All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome. Please email Allen (allen@oldracingcars.com) if you can help in any way with our research.