Australian Gold Star Race
Sandown Park, 11 Sep 1977
|1||Alfredo Costanzo||Lola T332 [HU36] - Chevrolet V8
#84 Stock 84 (see note 1)
|2||Alan Hamilton||Lola T430 [HU2] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 2)
|3||Kevin Bartlett||Lola T400 [HU1] - Chevrolet V8
Roadstar (see note 3)
|4||John Leffler||Lola T400 [HU15] - Chevrolet V8
Grace Bros Racing Team (see note 4)
|5||Peter Edwards||Lola T332 [T330 HU23(B)] - Chevrolet V8
|6||Chas Talbot||Begg FM5  - Chevrolet V8
(see note 5)
|7||John Edmonds||Elfin MR5-B  - Repco Holden V8
(see note 6)
|R||Garrie Cooper||Elfin MR8-C  - Chevrolet V8
|R||Johnnie Walker||Lola T332 [T330 HU23(B)] - Repco Holden V8
|R||Jon Davison||Lola T332 [HU34] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 7)
|R||Stephen Fraser||Cicada  - Chevrolet V8
|R||Dave Powell||Matich A50/A51  - Repco Holden V8
(see note 8)
|R||Chris Milton||Lola T330 [HU8] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 9)
|DNS||Allan Newton||McLaren M18/M22 [500-01] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 10)
|Did not start|
|DNS||John McCormack||(F5000) 4.9-litre McLaren M23  - Leyland P76 Repco V8
||Did not start
(air lock on warm-up lap)
|DNS||Ken Shirvington||Lola T400 [HU4] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 11)
|Did not start|
|DNSC||Terry Hook||Lola T332 ['071-084'] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 12)
|Did not start (crashed)|
All cars are 5-litre F5000 unless noted.
|1||Jon Davison||(F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU34] - Chevrolet V8||1m 02.7s|
|2||Garrie Cooper||(F5000) 5-litre Elfin MR8-C  - Chevrolet V8||1m 03.4s|
|3||Alfredo Costanzo||(F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU36] - Chevrolet V8||1m 03.9s|
|4||Dave Powell||(F5000) 5-litre Matich A50/A51  - Repco Holden V8||1m 06.8s|
|5||Chris Milton||(F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU8] - Chevrolet V8||1m 08.1s|
|6||Peter Edwards||(F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [T330 HU23(B)] - Chevrolet V8||1m 08.2s|
|7||Kevin Bartlett||(F5000) 5-litre Lola T400 [HU1] - Chevrolet V8||no time|
|8||John Leffler||(F5000) 5-litre Lola T400 [HU15] - Chevrolet V8||1m 16.2s|
|9||Johnnie Walker||(F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [T330 HU23(B)] - Repco Holden V8||1m 23.6s|
|10||Stephen Fraser||(F5000) 5-litre Cicada  - Chevrolet V8||1m 09.4s|
|11||Chas Talbot||(F5000) 5-litre Begg FM5  - Chevrolet V8||1m 10.1s|
|12||Alan Hamilton||(F5000) 5-litre Lola T430 [HU2] - Chevrolet V8||1m 12.0s|
|13||Allan Newton *||(F5000) 5-litre McLaren M18/M22 [500-01] - Chevrolet V8||1m 13.9s|
|14||John Edmonds||(F5000) 5-litre Elfin MR5-B  - Repco Holden V8||1m 17.8s|
|-||John McCormack *||(F5000) 4.9-litre McLaren M23  - Leyland P76 Repco V8||1m 08.4s|
|-||Ken Shirvington *||(F5000) 5-litre Lola T400 [HU4] - Chevrolet V8||no time|
|* Did not start|
Notes on the cars:
- Lola T332 [HU36] (Alfredo Costanzo): See full history: Lola T332 HU36.
- 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.
- Lola T400 [HU15] (John Leffler): See full history: Lola T400 HU15.
- 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
- 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.
- Matich A50/A51  (Dave Powell): 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.
- Lola T330 [HU8] (Chris Milton): To Haas/Hall and developed by Jim Hall with revised bodywork, radiators and rear wing for Brian Redman in the 1973 US series. Then to Rogers Racing for Larry Harley in the 1974 US series. To Ken Smith (New Zealand) for the 1974/75 season, the New Zealand and Australian Internationals 1976. To Chris Milton (South Australia) and raced in Australia from Sep 1977 to Sep 1978. To John Blanden 1978, and driven for him by Rob Butcher from 1979 to 1982. To Bib Stillwell 1988 for Australian historic racing. To Noel Robson (Melbourne, Australia) 1993, and raced in Australian historic racing for many years. More information about Lola T330 HU8
- McLaren M18/M22 [500-01] (Allan Newton): See full history: McLaren M18 500-01.
- Lola T400 [HU4] (Ken Shirvington): See full history: Lola T400 HU4.
- Lola T332 ['071-084'] (Terry Hook): See full history: Lola T330 HU7.
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.