Australian Gold Star Race
Phillip Island, 13 Nov 1977
|1||John Leffler||Lola T400 [HU15] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 1)
|2||Alan Hamilton||Lola T430 [HU2] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 2)
|3||John McCormack||(F5000) 4.9-litre McLaren M23  - Leyland P76 Repco V8
|4||Peter Edwards||Lola T332 [T330 HU23(B)] - Chevrolet V8
|5||Graeme Smith||(ANF2) 1.6-litre Birrana 274 [274-015] - Ford twin cam
|6||Kevin Bartlett||Lola T400 [HU1] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 3)
|NC||Gil Cameron||McLaren M10B [400-02] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 4)
|oil surge problem|
|NC||John Edmonds||Elfin MR5-B  - Repco Holden V8
(see note 5)
|R||Jon Davison||Lola T332 [HU34] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 6)
|R||Alfredo Costanzo||Lola T332 [HU36] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 7)
|7||engine main caps|
|DNS||Garrie Cooper||Elfin MR8-C  - Chevrolet V8
||Did not start
(engine ran bearing)
|DNS||Chas Talbot||Begg FM5  - Chevrolet V8
(see note 8)
|Did not start|
|DNS||Stephen Fraser||Cicada  - Chevrolet V8
||Did not start
|DNA||John Briggs||Matich A50/A51  - Repco Holden V8
(see note 9)
|Did not arrive|
All cars are 5-litre F5000 unless noted.
|1||John McCormack||(F5000) 4.9-litre McLaren M23  - Leyland P76 Repco V8||1m 34.3s|
|2||John Leffler||(F5000) 5-litre Lola T400 [HU15] - Chevrolet V8||1m 36.5s|
|3||Jon Davison||(F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU34] - Chevrolet V8||1m 37.0s|
|4||Kevin Bartlett||(F5000) 5-litre Lola T400 [HU1] - Chevrolet V8||1m 38.0s|
|5||Alan Hamilton||(F5000) 5-litre Lola T430 [HU2] - Chevrolet V8||1m 39.5s|
|6||Garrie Cooper *||(F5000) 5-litre Elfin MR8-C  - Chevrolet V8||1m 39.8s|
|7||Chas Talbot *||(F5000) 5-litre Begg FM5  - Chevrolet V8||1m 42.6s|
|8||Peter Edwards||(F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [T330 HU23(B)] - Chevrolet V8||1m 44.9s|
|9||Gil Cameron||(F5000) 5-litre McLaren M10B [400-02] - Chevrolet V8||1m 50.6s|
|10||Graeme Smith||(ANF2) 1.6-litre Birrana 274 [274-015] - Ford twin cam||1m 51.4s|
|11||Stephen Fraser *||(F5000) 5-litre Cicada  - Chevrolet V8||1m 52.9s|
|12||Alfredo Costanzo||(F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU36] - Chevrolet V8||2m 40.1s|
|-||John Edmonds||(F5000) 5-litre Elfin MR5-B  - Repco Holden V8||did not practice|
|* Did not start|
Notes on the cars:
- Lola T400 [HU15] (John Leffler): See full history: Lola T400 HU15.
- Lola T430 [HU2] (Alan Hamilton): VDS spare car US 1976 (raced by Peter Gethin: 3 races; Warwick Brown: 2 races); VDS for Warwick Brown Australian Internationals 1977 (won at Oran Park and Surfers Paradise, crashed in practice at Sandown Park, second at Adelaide) - Alan Hamilton (Australia): Australian Gold Star 1977 (debut R1 Surfers Paradise 28 Aug 1977); Australian Internationals 1978 (driven by Derek Bell at Oran Park); crashed at Australian GP 1978 and broken in half. All the surviving running gear from the wreck stayed with HU1 through various owners until reaching David Abbott in New Zealand in 2005. Over the next two years David, with Alan Hamilton's agreement, recreated this car and it first ran, with Hamilton driving, at Christchurch in October 2007. Raced by Abbott in the Formula 5000 Tasman Cup Revival at the Australian GP meeting 28 Mar 2009.
- Lola T400 [HU1] (Kevin Bartlett): See full history: Lola T400 HU1.
- 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
- Elfin MR5-B  (John Edmonds): 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 [HU34] (Jon Davison): See full history: Lola T332 HU34.
- Lola T332 [HU36] (Alfredo Costanzo): See full history: Lola T332 HU36.
- Begg FM5  (Chas Talbot): Built new in 1973 by Fred McLean for Allan McCully for the 1973/74 New Zealand Gold Star, and regarded by McLean as a FM5, not a Begg FM5. To Graham Baker 1974 and raced in Tasman 1974, the 1974/75 and 1975/76 Gold Star, and the 1976 NZ Internationals. To Charles Talbot (Australia) 1976, and raced by him in the 1977 and 1978 Rothmans Australian Internationals. Presumably the car raced by Allan R. Nitschke in Australia from 1979 to 1982. Then unknown until acquired by Bryan and Graham Sala about 1990. Bought at auction in Australia by Gavin Hicks (Auckland, NZ) about 1991 and sold by him to Lindsay O'Donnell (Christchurch, NZ) 2001. Raced by O'Donnell in the F5000 Tasman Revival from 2003 to the 2012/13 season. Returned two years later for the New Zealand Festival at Hampton Downs in January 2015. More information about Begg FM5/2
- Matich A50/A51  (John Briggs): New for Frank Matich to win the 1971 Australian GP, then raced in the New Zealand Tasman rounds before being renumbered '002' for the Australian Internationals. Matich won the 1972 Australian Gold Star in this car, and raced it in the 1973 Tasman series. Then to Barry Lewis in 1975 - Peter Roach 1976 - Dave Powell 1976 - John Briggs 1978 and damaged at a hillclimb. Via K & A Engineering to Gavin Sala 1984 or 1985, then to his son Bryan Sala. More information about Matich A50-001/002
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.