Australian Grand Prix
Surfers Paradise, 31 Aug 1975
|1||Max Stewart||Lola T400 [HU2] - Chevrolet V8
#1 Sharp Corporation (see note 1)
|50||1h 06m 55.2s
|2||John Leffler||Bowin P8 [P8-136-74] - Chevrolet V8
#7 Grace Bros-Levi's Racing Team
|50||1h 07m 03.3s
|3||Ray Winter||(ANF2) 1.6-litre Mildren 'Mono' - Ford twin cam
#27 (see note 2)
|4||Graeme Lawrence||Lola T332 [HU28] - Chevrolet V8
#14 Wix Filters (see note 3)
|5||John McCormack||Elfin MR6  - Repco Holden V8
#9 Ansett Racing Team
|6||Chris Milton||McLaren M18/M22 [500-01] - Chevrolet V8
#10 Labrador Pharmacy/Shell Racing
(see note 4)
|7||Jon Davison||Matich A50  - Repco Holden V8
#4 (see note 5)
|R||Garrie Cooper||Elfin MR5-B  - Repco Holden V8
#12 Ansett Team Elfin (see note 6)
|R||Bruce Allison||Lola T332 ['HU22-2'] - Chevrolet V8
#62 Zupps of Mt Gravatt/Hobby & Toyland Racing
(see note 7)
|R||Kevin Bartlett||Lola T400 [HU1] - Chevrolet V8
#5 Shell Racing/Kevin Bartlett (see note 8)
|R||Ross Switzer||(ANF2) 1.6-litre Rennmax BN7 - Ford twin cam
|R||John Goss||Matich A53  - Repco Holden V8
#2 John Goss Racing
|4||Poor visibility/rough engine|
|R||Enno Buesselman||(ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 622  - Ford twin cam
#31 Enno Buesselmann
|R||Terry Hook||Lola T332 ['071-084'] - Chevrolet V8
#15 Sharp Corporation (see note 9)
|DNA||Gil Cameron||McLaren M10B [400-02] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 10)
|Did not arrive|
|DNA||Ivan Tighe||(ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 622  - Ford twin cam
||Did not arrive|
|DNA||Bob Johns||(ANF2) 1.6-litre Lotus 59 [59-FB-14] - Ford twin cam
(see note 11)
|Did not arrive|
|DNA||Andrew Miedecke||(ANF2) 1.6-litre Rennmax BN7 - Ford twin cam
Grace Bros-Levi's Racing Team
|Did not arrive|
All cars are 5-litre F5000 unless noted.
|1||Bruce Allison||(F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 ['HU22-2'] - Chevrolet V8||01.05.8|
|2||John Goss||(F5000) 5-litre Matich A53  - Repco Holden V8||01.05.8|
|3||John Leffler||(F5000) 5-litre Bowin P8 [P8-136-74] - Chevrolet V8||01.07.2|
|4||John McCormack||(F5000) 5-litre Elfin MR6  - Repco Holden V8||01.07.4|
|5||Kevin Bartlett||(F5000) 5-litre Lola T400 [HU1] - Chevrolet V8||01.08.4|
|6||Max Stewart||(F5000) 5-litre Lola T400 [HU2] - Chevrolet V8||01.08.4|
|7||Jon Davison||(F5000) 5-litre Matich A50  - Repco Holden V8||01.08.4|
|8||Graeme Lawrence||(F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU28] - Chevrolet V8||01.09.0|
|9||Terry Hook||(F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 ['071-084'] - Chevrolet V8||01.10.2|
|10||Ray Winter||(ANF2) 1.6-litre Mildren 'Mono' - Ford twin cam||01.11.1|
|11||Garrie Cooper||(F5000) 5-litre Elfin MR5-B  - Repco Holden V8||01.11.2|
|12||Enno Buesselman||(ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 622  - Ford twin cam||01.11.3|
|13||Chris Milton||(F5000) 5-litre McLaren M18/M22 [500-01] - Chevrolet V8||01.12.4|
|14||Ross Switzer||(ANF2) 1.6-litre Rennmax BN7 - Ford twin cam||01.17.6|
Notes on the cars:
- Lola T400 [HU2] (Max Stewart): See full history: Lola T400 HU2.
- Mildren 'Mono' (Ray Winter): Designed by Len Bailey and built by Alan Mann Racing for Alec Mildren Racing in Australia in late 1968, when it was raced by Frank Gardner using one of 2.5-litre Alfa T33 V8 engines from the team's Brabham BT23D. Raced by Gardner in the 1969 Tasman series, then by Kevin Bartlett in the 1969 Gold Star series. Later in 1969 it was fitted a Waggott TC4V engine, and Bartlett used it in this form in the 1970 Tasman and the 1970 Gold Star. It was sold to Bob Muir at the end of 1970 and raced by him through 1971 and early 1972, both with his 2-litre Waggott engine and with a Ford twin cam engine for Southeast Asian events. Then to Ray Winter and used in ANF2 in 1973 and 1974. Winter used the car again on occasion in 1975 and 1976. Later on, when the new single-cam Australian F2 was introduced, the old Mildren was raced in that category by Greg Ferrall. Then unknown until acquired by Lionel Ayres and restored. The car was retained by Bruce Ayres after his father Lionel's death in 2013.
- Lola T332 [HU28] (Graeme Lawrence): Graeme Lawrence (NZ) for Tasman 1974, New Zealand Gold Star 1974; Tasman 1975; Tasman 1976; Gold Star Oct/Nov 1976; Australian Internationals 1977 - Terry Hook (Aus) Australian Internationals 1978, Australian Internationals 1979; heavily crashed at a club event at Lakeside 21 Jun 1981. Rebuilt by March 1982 by Chas Talbot on a new tub. Sold to Bob Minogue and Pete Brennan in the mid-1980s who sold the rear end to Peter Bick to complete his ex-Davison HU34. The ex-Hook car was then built up with other parts and sold to Manuel Jimenez who in turn passed it to Murray Richards (Murrumbeena, Australia). To David Sharp (New Zealand) 1993. To Murray Sinclair (Hong Kong, and Christchurch, New Zealand) 2001, and raced in the F5000 Tasman Revival from 2003 to 2007. To Russell Greer (Blenheim, New Zealand) 2007, who continued to race it in the Revival series. More information about Lola T332 HU28
- McLaren M18/M22 [500-01] (Chris Milton): See full history: McLaren M18 500-01.
- Matich A50  (Jon Davison): Bought by Johnny Walker, and fitted with the engine and transmission from his Elfin MR5. Raced by Walker in the 1972 Australian Gold Star, 1973 Australian Internationals, then to America for four races in the US series. To Jon Davison for the 1974 Australian Gold Star and 1975 Australian Internationals 1975 Australian Gold Star, 1976 Australian Internationals, 1976 Australian Gold Star, and 1977 Australian Internationals. To Bronwyn Taylor 1977 and raced in 1978 and 1979 - Geoff Munyard 1980 - leased to Kevin Leighton 1982 - Graham Stoll - Peter Brennan (Melbourne, Australia) - Ziggy Schueller 1990 - Ken Smith (NZ) 1992 or 1993 - James Boult (NZ) 1996 - Russell Greer (NZ) 1996 - Richard Bendell (Australia) 2001 - Aaron Lewis (Cessnock, NSW, Australia) 2004 - Philip Lewis 2013.
- Elfin MR5-B  (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.
- Lola T332 ['HU22-2'] (Bruce Allison): Effectively a new Lola T332 built for Kevin Bartlett to replace the T330 crashed at Pukekohe in January 1974. Raced by Bartlett in the Australian Gold Star from August 1974 onwards. To Bruce Allison for 1975 and raced in Australian Gold Star 1975, and New Zealand and Australian Internationals 1976, but crashed and heavily damaged at Oran Park 1 Feb. Rebuilt again on another T332 tub and raced by Allison later in 1976. Sold by Allison to Martin Sampson of Magnum Wheels, and raced for him by Kevin Bartlett in the 1977 Australian Internationals 1977, by Alan Jones at Surfers after he wrecked his T332C HU61, then by Johnnie Walker in September 1977, and in Australia in 1978 and 1979. Sampson retired the car after 1979, and it was displayed at the Birdwood Museum until sold to Bob Minogue in 1987. Raced for Minoque by Barry Ward in 1987, then sold to Paul Cromarty (Aus), then Adrian Whapham (NZ) in 1994 or 1995. To Stan Redmond (Christchurch, NZ) by 2001 and raced in F5000 Tasman Revival series. To Peter Sundberg (Auckland, New Zealand) 2009. To David Banks (Auckland, New Zealand) and raced by him in the 2017/18 Tasman Revival series. More information about Lola T332 'the Kevin Bartlett car'
- Lola T400 [HU1] (Kevin Bartlett): See full history: Lola T400 HU1.
- Lola T332 ['071-084'] (Terry Hook): See full history: Lola T330 HU7.
- McLaren M10B [400-02] (Gil Cameron): New to Niel Allen (Australia) late 1969, and raced in 1970 and 1971 Tasman series. To Kevin Bartlett for 1971 Australian Gold Star and 1972 Tasman 1972, then to US for at least one race in 1972. Then unknown until bought by Gil Cameron, and raced in Australia from 1975 to 1977. Donated parts to Tony Edmondson's Alfetta Chev sports sedan, and the remainder of the car stored at Elfin during the 1980s. Subsequent history unknown, but later owned by Llynden Riethmuller (Sydney, NSW) in 2007. After Riethmuller's death, sold to Alan Hamilton in 2011, and restored for historic racing. More information about McLaren M10B 400-2
- Lotus 59 [59-FB-14] (Bob Johns): New to Australia Lotus importer Leo Geoghegan, replacing his very successful but ageing Lotus 39-Repco. The Lotus was fitted with a 2-litre Waggott TC4V engine and used in Australian National Formula 1 and Tasman events in 1970 and 1971. He won two Australian Gold Star race in this car, at Warwick Farm in September 1970 and at Mallala a few weeks later. After spending 1972 on the sidelines, the Lotus was sold to Bob and Gary Johns for 1973, fitted with a Ford twin cam engine, and used in Australian Formula 2 from 1973 to 1975. By 1985, it had been acquired by John Holmes (Toowoomba, Queensland), and was restored to its original Waggott configuration.
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.
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