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Australian Grand Prix

Longford, 1 Mar 1965

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Bruce McLaren Cooper T79 [FL-1-65] - Climax FPF 4
#10 Bruce McLaren Motor Racing (see note 1)
26 61:10.9
2 Jack Brabham Brabham BT11A [IC-5-64] - Climax FPF 4
#4 Ecurie Vitesse
26 61:14.2
3 Phil Hill Cooper T70 [FL-1-64] - Climax FPF 4
#11 Bruce McLaren Motor Racing (see note 2)
26 61:15.8
4 Graham Hill Brabham BT11A [IC-4-64] - Climax FPF 4
#1 Scuderia Veloce
26 61:18.8
5 Jim Clark Lotus 32B [32-FL-8] - Climax FPF 4
#8 Team Lotus
26 61:19.3
6 Bib Stillwell Brabham BT11A [IC-2-64] - Climax FPF 4
#6 B.S. Stillwell
26 62:25.0
7 Jim Palmer Brabham BT7A [IC-2-63] - Climax FPF 4
#5 Jim Palmer
25
8 Frank Gardner Brabham BT11A [IC-3-64] - Climax FPF 4
#7 Alec Mildren Racing
23
9 Glyn Scott (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Lotus 27 [27-JM-18] - Ford twin cam
#17 Glyn Scott Motors
23
10 Roly Levis (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Brabham BT6 [FJ-9-63] - Ford twin cam
#21 Roly Levis (see note 3)
23 accident
11 John McDonald Cooper T53 [F1-5-61] - Climax FPF 4
#26 Bill Patterson Motors (raced as #9)
21
12 Jack Hobden Cooper Mk IV 'T51' [F2-9-60] - Climax FPF 4
#15 Lewis Hobden Pty Ltd (see note 4)
21
13 Mel McEwin (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Elfin Mono Mk I [M6446] - Ford twin cam
#18 Mel McEwin
18
R Frank Matich Brabham BT7A [IC-1-63] - Climax FPF 4
#3 Total Team
14 suspension
R Bob Jane (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Elfin Mono Mk I [M6444] - Ford twin cam
#23 Autoland Pty Ltd
4 transmission
R Lyn Archer (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Elfin Junior [6312] - Ford
#20 Lyn Archer Motors
4 engine
R Kerry Grant Brabham BT4 [IC-1-62] - Climax FPF 4
#2 Scuderia Veloce (see note 5)
3 engine
R Rocky Tresise Cooper T62 ["CTA/BM/2"] - Climax FPF 4
#12 Ecurie Australie
fatal accident
DNS Bill Patterson Cooper T53 [F1-5-61] - Climax FPF 4
#9 Bill Patterson Motors
Did not start
(raced by John McDonald)
DNS Geoff McClelland (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Brabham BT2 [FJ-3-62] - Ford twin cam
#19 G.B. McLelland (see note 6)
Did not start
DNS Barry Collerson (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Brabham BT2 [FJ-8-62] - Ford twin cam
#22 Hunter & Delbridge Speed Equipment
(see note 7)
Did not start
DNS Les Howard (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Lotus 27 [27-JM-11] - Ford twin cam
#25 Howard & Sons
Did not start
DNS David Hallam (ANF2/1.1) 1.1-litre Elfin Junior [624] - Ford
#40 D.J. Hallam
Did not start
DNA Andy Brown (ANF1) 1.5-litre Elfin Mono Mk I [M6548] - Clisby V6
#16 Clisby Industries
Did not arrive
DNA Lex Davison Brabham BT4 [IC-2-62] - Climax FPF 4
#14 Ecurie Australie (see note 8)
Did not arrive

All cars are 2.5-litre Tasman unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Bruce McLaren (Tasman) 2.5-litre Cooper T79 [FL-1-65] - Climax FPF 4 2m 20.3s
2 Jack Brabham (Tasman) 2.5-litre Brabham BT11A [IC-5-64] - Climax FPF 4 2m 20.5s
3 Graham Hill (Tasman) 2.5-litre Brabham BT11A [IC-4-64] - Climax FPF 4 2m 21.4s
4 Jim Clark (Tasman) 2.5-litre Lotus 32B [32-FL-8] - Climax FPF 4 2m 22.2s
5 Frank Gardner (Tasman) 2.5-litre Brabham BT11A [IC-3-64] - Climax FPF 4 2m 22.4s
6 Frank Matich (Tasman) 2.5-litre Brabham BT7A [IC-1-63] - Climax FPF 4 2m 22.5s
7 Bib Stillwell (Tasman) 2.5-litre Brabham BT11A [IC-2-64] - Climax FPF 4 2m 22.6s
8 Phil Hill (Tasman) 2.5-litre Cooper T70 [FL-1-64] - Climax FPF 4 2m 23.3s
9 Jim Palmer (Tasman) 2.5-litre Brabham BT7A [IC-2-63] - Climax FPF 4 2m 26.9s
10 Rocky Tresise (Tasman) 2.5-litre Cooper T62 ["CTA/BM/2"] - Climax FPF 4 2m 29.6s
11 John McDonald (Tasman) 2.5-litre Cooper T53 [F1-5-61] - Climax FPF 4 2m 31.4s
12 Jack Hobden (Tasman) 2.5-litre Cooper Mk IV 'T51' [F2-9-60] - Climax FPF 4 2m 39.3s
13 Bob Jane (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Elfin Mono Mk I [M6444] - Ford twin cam 2m 39.6s
14 Roly Levis (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Brabham BT6 [FJ-9-63] - Ford twin cam 2m 41.9s
15 Mel McEwin (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Elfin Mono Mk I [M6446] - Ford twin cam 2m 43.8s
16 Lyn Archer (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Elfin Junior [6312] - Ford 2m 48.0s
17 Kerry Grant (Tasman) 2.5-litre Brabham BT4 [IC-1-62] - Climax FPF 4 2m 50.0s
18 Glyn Scott (ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Lotus 27 [27-JM-18] - Ford twin cam 2m 51.5s

Notes on the cars:

  1. Cooper T79 [FL-1-65] (Bruce McLaren): New for Bruce McLaren in the 1965 Tasman series and fitted with a 2.7-litre Climax engine. Won the Australian GP and second at two other rounds. To John Love (Bulawayo, Rhodesia) and raced in South African 3-litre F1 events from August 1965 onwards, and took Love to the South African championship in 1965, 1966 and 1967. So competitive was this car in his hands that he led the South African GP at Kyalami in 1967, eventually coming home in second place. For various other drivers over the next year, then to Rob 'Tiny' Littler in England for libre racing in 1968. Sold to John Hardman (Sheffield, South Yorkshire) in 1971 for libre and hillclimbs. Joined the collection of John McCartney (Bolton, Lancashire) in 1973 and raced in hillclimbs from 1974 to 1983, still in John Love's livery. To Tony Podell (Rolling Hills, CA) by 1988. With Joel Finn (Roxbury, CT) by 1991. Bought from Finn by Bob Woodward (Dubuque, Iowa) in 1997 or 1998.
  2. Cooper T70 [FL-1-64] (Phil Hill): New for Tim Mayer to drive as a Bruce McLaren Motor Racing entry in the 1964 Tasman Cup. Mayer finished second at Levin and Teretonga, and third at Pukekohe. For Warwick Farm, he swapped cars with team leader Bruce McLaren and McLarne took FL-1-64 to second place at Warwick Farm and at Longford, winning the Tasman Championship by six points from his great rival Jack Brabham, Retained for the 1965 Tasman Cup to be driven by Phil Hill but raced by McLaren at Pukekohe after he damged his new T79 in the Heat. Hill toook three podium finishes in this car. Sold to Bill Patterson and entered for John McDonald in Australian Gold Star events in 1965, in the 1966 Tasman series and in Gold Star again in 1966. Sold to Don O'Sullivan in 1967 and raced in event in Western Australia, primarily at Caversham, by O'Sullivan in 1967 and by Gordon Stephenson in 1968. Sold to Ken Jones in 1969, then Ken Barnard in 1970 and then Richard Berryman in 1974. Remained with Richard Berryman until 1985 when it passed to his son Adam Berryman (Melbourne, Australia). An extensive restoration began in 2001 which was finally completed in early 2010. Raced by Adam in the NZ Motor Racing Festival in January 2010, at Winton in August 2010, and at Phillip Island and the Australian Grand Prix historic demonstration in 2011. Now numbered FL/2/64.
  3. Brabham BT6 [FJ-9-63] (Roly Levis): Brabham Racing Organisation for Denny Hulme in Formula Junior in 1963. To Alec Mildren Racing, fitted with a 1500cc Ford twin cam engine and raced in Australian national racing by Frank Gardner in 1964. To Roly Levis in November 1964 for New Zealand racing in 1965 and 1966. Entered by Levis for Bill Stone in 1966/67 then sold to Stone who raced it again in 1967/68. Sold to Gerald 'Jiggs' Alexander in September 1968 and raced in the 1968/69 and 1969/70 seasons, after which Alexander stripped the car with the intention of restoring it. However, it remained in this state until 1999 when it was sold to Ian McDonald (Australia) who restored the car and ran it in Australian historic racing from 2001 onwards. Sold to Ed Holly (Sydney, Australia) in July 2006 and raced in the Tasman Revival series from 2006/07 to 2012/13.
  4. Cooper Mk IV 'T51' [F2-9-60] (Jack Hobden): Delivered to J Youl (Australia) according to the Cooper Register.
  5. Brabham BT4 [IC-1-62] (Kerry Grant): New for Jack Brabham to drive at the November 1962 Australian GP. Used by Brabham in the New Zealand Internationals in January 1963, winning at Levin, then sold to Dave McKay's Scuderia Veloce for the Australian International races the following month. Raced by Graham Hill for McKay in the 1964 Tasman series, winning the Longford race in March. To Len Southward's Lesco Racing Team for Kerry Grant to drive during the 1964/65 season, and for Neil Whittaker in 1965/66. Sold to John McCormack (Glenelg, South Australia) and raced on through the next three seasons. From McCormack to John Blanden (Adelaide, South Australia) in 1978 and extensively rebuilt. To Ken Messenger (Adelaide) March 1982, then to Art Valdez (Torrance, CA) in 1986, and remained in his collection for many years, until sold to a UK consortium in 2017.
  6. Brabham BT2 [FJ-3-62] (Geoff McClelland): Built at MRD by Frank Gardner and raced by Gavin Youl as a factory entry in European FJ in 1962. Taken to Australia at the end of the European season, and raced by Youl in the Australian Formula Junior Championship race at Catalina Park in late October. Sold to Geoff McClelland (NSW, Australia) 1963 and raced in Australia as a FJ and later with a 1.5-litre engine in ANF1.5. To Phil West (NSW, Australia) 1966 December and raced in ANF2 - Mike Barker (Ringwood, Victoria, Australia) March 1968 - Peter Roach (Victoria, Australia) 1970 - Doug Hicks (Victoria, Australia) 1972 and fitted with 1300cc Toyota Corolla engine for ANF3; also driven by Peter Jones - Alan Smith (Tasmania, Australia) 1974 and driven by Geoff Bantick. In November 1993, Denis Lupton purchased the car for Jim Russell (Victoria, Australia) and started a full restoration to its original FJ spec. To Nick MacDonald (Australia) 1995 who completed the restoration. To Graham Brown (Queensland, Australia) either 1998 or 2003 and raced consistently in Australian until 2013 when he sold it to Grant Craft.
  7. Brabham BT2 [FJ-8-62] (Barry Collerson): Either a replacement for Frank Gardner's FJ-2-62 at some unknown point during the 1962 season or a new identity given to the car when it was shipped to Australia at the end of the European season. Used by Gardner in Australian national racing in early 1963 and then to Len Deaton later in 1963. To Barry Collerson for 1964 and 1965, then Kevin Pinkstone 1966. Then to further Australian owners John Mellen 1969, Peter Taylor and Brian Morrow 1972, John Hilliar 1973, Spencer Bates 1977, Tony Galletly 1980, Bryan Miller 1982, Tony Moodie 1991 and Ken Hastings 1992. While with Hastings it was damaged and rebuilt with a new frame. Then sold to John Streets in the US 2001 then to Dave Zurlinden (Carmel Valley, CA) in 2003 and raced to the end of 2008. To John Dowson (Tunbridge Wells, Kent) September 2009. Sold to Chris Chilcott (Aberdeen, Scotland) in February 2015, together with the damaged original frame.
  8. Brabham BT4 [IC-2-62] (Lex Davison): New for Jack Brabham to drive in the Australian Internationals in February 1963. Then left with Repco over the Australian winter and used by Denny Hulme in the 1964 Tasman series. Sold to veteran Australian Lex Davison for the 1964 Australian Gold Star but heavily damaged in the accident that took Davison's life at Sandown Park early 1965. Sold with all Davison's equipment to Wally Mitchell and some parts used in the RM1 sports car in which Mitchell was later killed. The frame of the Brabham was not used in the RM1 and this was sold to Fred Wheelhouse and rebuilt as a complete car. Owned by David Sternberg in Tasmania in 1968 and probably the car owned by David Powell in Tasmania in 1969. Then unknown until reported to be owned by Austin Miller (Launceston, Tasmania) in 1983. Still with Miller in 1995 but by 2000 it had moved to the UK and was owned by John Coombs, who sold it to Frank Sytner. Raced by Sytner from 2001 to 2008 and then sold to David Jacobs (Boulder, CO) and raced in the US until sold to Terry Rush in New Zealand in February 2011.

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.

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