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Surfers Paradise '100'

Surfers Paradise, 4 Feb 1973

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Frank Matich Matich A50 [001 as '002'] - Repco Holden V8
(see note 1)
50 58m 19.9s
102.85 mph
2 Graham McRae McRae GM1 [005] - Chevrolet Morand V8
(see note 2)
50 59m 51.6s
3 Max Stewart Lola T330 [HU1] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 3)
50
4 Johnnie Walker Matich A50 [004] - Repco Holden V8
(see note 4)
50
5 Sam Posey Surtees TS11 [04] - Chevrolet Bartz V8
[Champ Carr Ent.]
50
6 John McCormack Elfin MR5 [5711] - Repco Holden V8
(see note 5)
49
7 Graeme Lawrence (Tasman 2.0) 1.9-litre Surtees TS15 [04] - Ford BDA Hart
(see note 6)
47
8 Noritake Takahara (Tasman 2.0) 1.8-litre Brabham BT36 [12] - Cosworth FVC
(see note 7)
47
9 Dexter Dunlop McRae GM1 [001] - Chevrolet V8
47
10 Kevin Bartlett Lola T300 [HU16] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 8)
46
R Steve Thompson Chevron B24 [24-72-01] - Chevrolet RES V8
(see note 9)
42 Overheating
R Alan Rollinson McRae GM1 [007] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 10)
22 Overheating
R Garrie Cooper Elfin MR5 [5723] - Repco Holden V8
(see note 11)
22
R Gary Campbell Lola T330 [HU4] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 12)
10 Overheating
DNSC Warwick Brown Lola T300 [HU4-2] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 13)
Did not start (crashed)

All cars are 5-litre F5000 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Frank Matich (F5000) 5-litre Matich A50 [001 as '002'] - Repco Holden V8 66.7s
2 Graham McRae (F5000) 5-litre McRae GM1 [005] - Chevrolet Morand V8 66.8s
3 Johnnie Walker (F5000) 5-litre Matich A50 [004] - Repco Holden V8 67.8s
4 Max Stewart (F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU1] - Chevrolet V8 68.1s
5 Warwick Brown * (F5000) 5-litre Lola T300 [HU4-2] - Chevrolet V8 68.6s
6 Kevin Bartlett (F5000) 5-litre Lola T300 [HU16] - Chevrolet V8 68.7s
7 Garrie Cooper (F5000) 5-litre Elfin MR5 [5723] - Repco Holden V8 68.9s
8 John McCormack (F5000) 5-litre Elfin MR5 [5711] - Repco Holden V8 68.9s
9 Sam Posey (F5000) 5-litre Surtees TS11 [04] - Chevrolet Bartz V8 69.4s
10 Gary Campbell (F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU4] - Chevrolet V8 69.7s
11 Alan Rollinson (F5000) 5-litre McRae GM1 [007] - Chevrolet V8 69.9s
12 Steve Thompson (F5000) 5-litre Chevron B24 [24-72-01] - Chevrolet RES V8 70.1s
13 Graeme Lawrence (Tasman 2.0) 1.9-litre Surtees TS15 [04] - Ford BDA Hart 72.1s
14 Dexter Dunlop (F5000) 5-litre McRae GM1 [001] - Chevrolet V8 73.6s
15 Noritake Takahara (Tasman 2.0) 1.8-litre Brabham BT36 [12] - Cosworth FVC 75.1s
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Matich A50 [001 as '002'] (Frank Matich): 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
  2. McRae GM1 [005] (Graham McRae): See full history: McRae GM1/005.
  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. Matich A50 [004] (Johnnie Walker): 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 - 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Surtees TS15 [04] (Graeme Lawrence): New to Graeme Lawrence and raced in the 2-litre class of the 1973 Tasman Cup, using a 1.9-litre Hart BDA. Then raced in Southeast Asian events, using a Hart Ford twin cam engine. Retained for Southeast Asian 1600cc events in 1974, but Lawrence used his new F5000 Lola T332 in the Tasman series. Retained again for Southeast Asian 1600cc events in 1975. He still had the car in early 1976 when he was musing whether to convert it to Formula Pacific. Later in 1976 the car was sold to Rex Hart and fitted with a Cosworth BDA for Formula Pacific, and raced in New Zealand from 1977 to 1981. Sold to Ken Smith in 1982, and sold by him to John Wigston in 1984.
  7. Brabham BT36 [12] (Noritake Takahara): New to Noritake Takahara for Japanese racing, first appearing at the JAF Grand Prix in May 1972, when it was fitted with a 2-litre Mitsubishi Colt R39B engine. Raced by Takahara with a 1800cc Cosworth FVC in the 1973 Tasman series, then in a series of Japanese raced for 2000cc cars, when it was said to have a 2-litre Hart BDA. Later to Shigeaki Asaoka in 1975, then Kiyoshi Misaki in 1976 and 1977. From 1978 to 1985, it was owned by a Mr Tomita. To Shigeaki Koshiba in 1986, then to Hashime Tanaka in 1997, then Tom Smith (CA, USA) in 2006.
  8. Lola T300 [HU16] (Kevin Bartlett): New to Kevin Bartlett and raced in 1972 Australian Gold Star and 1973 Tasman. Sold to Reg Cook (NZ) 1973, but later burnt out in a trailer fire. Some remains later from Reg Cook to David Manton (NZ) and used in reconstruction of T300 HU3. More information about Lola T300 HU16
  9. Chevron B24 [24-72-01] (Steve Thompson): Built for 1972 season. Works for Brian Redman: raced in UK 1972 (debut at Oulton Park 29 May 1972 - 5 races 3 wins) and US 1972 (Redman 4 races 1 win, Gethin 1 race) - Keith Holland for John Player Challenge Trophy at Brands Hatch 22 Oct - Alan Brodie for Steve Thompson: raced in Tasman 1973 and UK 1973. Badly damaged in a severe testing accident at Silverstone on 24 May when a tyre burst at Woodcote at 140 mph, and Thompson was lucky to escape with bruising. The car was written off, and Brodie acquired a brand new 1973 B24.
  10. McRae GM1 [007] (Alan Rollinson): See full history: McRae GM1/007.
  11. 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.
  12. Lola T330 [HU4] (Gary Campbell): See full history: Lola T330 HU4.
  13. Lola T300 [HU4-2] (Warwick Brown): New to Niel Allen but crashed in testing. Rebuilt and sold to Bob Muir for 1972, then to Pat Burke Racing for Warwick Brown in 1973, and written off at Surfers Paradise. Some parts of this car to Reg Cook, then to David Manton, then to Frank Lyons. More information about Lola T300 HU4

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.

Sources include Autosport, Motoring News, the F1 Register books and Graham Vercoe's books "Historic Racing Cars of New Zealand" and "The Golden Era of New Zealand Motor Racing". The start point for the results was Bruce Sergent's website but these have subsequently been augmented with a number of other sources.

The start point for the 1970 Tasman results was Bruce Sergent's site which contains full reports on all these races. The 1970 results were then augmented by practice times and other information on R1 Levin and R2 Pukekohe (both in Autosport 15 Jan 1970); R3 Wigram (Autosport 29 Jan 1970); R4 Teretonga (Auto News Vol 3 No 14 9 Feb 1970 and Autosport 29 Jan 1970); R5 Surfers Paradise (Auto News Vol 3 No 15 23 Feb 1970 and Autosport 19 Feb 1970); R6 Warwick Farm (Auto News Vol 3 No 16 9 Mar 1970 and Autosport 26 Feb 1970); and R7 Sandown Park (Auto News Vol 3 No 16 9 Mar 1970 and Autosport 26 Feb 1970). Additional qualifying times have been provided by Milan Fistonic.

Tasman 1971-1975 information has also come from Bruce's site. Race speeds and other details for 1973 and 1974 have been taken from Autocourse. Qualifying times for 1975 have been supplied by Milan Fistonic from Australian Competition Yearbook. Entry lists have been provided by Milan and Bryan Miller.

The 1972 Tasman results are in the process of being augmented by practice times and other information from Autosport, Autoweek, the 1972 Racing Car News Yearbook and Australian Grand Prix. Entry numbers are taken from Autoweek's grids except Teretonga and Surfers Paradise where Autoweek did not publish them. Reports used are those for R1 NZ GP at Pukekohe (Autosport 13 Jan 1972 pp6-8 and Autoweek 5 Feb 1972 pp1,16-17), R2 Levin (Autosport 27 Jan 1972 pp26-27 and Autoweek), R3 Wigram (Autosport 27 Jan 1972 pp14-15 and Autoweek), R4 Teretonga (Autosport 10 Feb 1972 pp22-23 and Autoweek), R5 Surfers Paradise (Autosport 10 Feb 1972 pp12-13 and Autoweek), R6 Warwick Farm (Autosport 24 Feb 1972 pp23-24, 27 and Autoweek), R7 Sandown Park Australian Grand Prix (Autosport 2 Mar 1972 pp32-33, Autoweek, Australian Grand Prix pp362-368) and R8 Adelaide. There is a mistake in Autoweek's NZ GP grid with Ken Smith being mentioned twice so Autosport's grid is used. In other places where the sources didn't agree, Autoweek appeared to be the least reliable.

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.

Individual sources for this event

Qualifying times provided by Wolfgang Klopfer from Motoring News.