Frank Matich's Brabham BT7A at Longford in 1964.  Copyright oldracephotos.com/Pat Smith.  Used with permission.

Tasman Cup 1964

The first Tasman Cup was a battle of the expats as a two-car team of Brabhams led by Australian Jack Brabham faced a two-car team of Coopers led by Kiwi Bruce McLaren. McLaren won three of the four New Zealand races but when the teams moved to Australia for the second half of the series, Brabham won the first three of those. It sounds like a Hollywood set up for a thrilling finish but the points system denied that, as Brabham was unable to improve his score and McLaren emerged as champion.

The most successful of the locals was John Youl with six finishes in the top 5, a fabulous performance in a three-year-old car. Bib Stillwell only competed in three Australian races and twice pipped Youl, including a remarkable second place in the Australian Grand Prix at Sandown Park. Frank Matich was very quick in his new Team Total Brabham BT7A, taking pole position at Warwick Farm and leading until his suspension broke, but he retired five times in total and finished only once: third place at Longford ahead of both Stillwell and Youl.

The races

04 Jan 1964 > Levin International

11 Jan 1964 > New Zealand Grand Prix at Pukekohe

18 Jan 1964 > Lady Wigram Trophy

25 Jan 1964 > Teretonga International at Teretonga Park

09 Feb 1964 > Australian Grand Prix at Sandown Park

16 Feb 1964 > Warwick Farm "100"

23 Feb 1964 > Lakeside "99"

02 Mar 1964 > South Pacific Trophy at Longford

1964 Tasman Cup table

1Bruce McLarenCooper T70 - Climax FPF39 pts3 wins
2Jack BrabhamBrabham BT7A - Climax FPF33 pts3 wins
3Denis HulmeBrabham BT4 - Climax FPF23 pts1 win
4John YoulCooper T55 - Climax FPF21 pts 
5Tim MayerCooper T70 - Climax FPF20 pts 
6Graham HillBrabham BT4 - Climax FPF12 pts1 win
7Bib StillwellBrabham BT4 - Climax FPF10 pts 
8Jim PalmerCooper T53 - Climax FPF9 pts 
9Tony ShellyLotus 18/21 - Climax FPF
Lola Mk4A - Climax FPF
8 pts 
10Frank MatichBrabham BT7A - Climax FPF4 pts 
11Frank Gardner(ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Brabham BT6 - Ford twin cam3 pts 
12=Roly Levis1650cc Lotus 22 - Ford pushrod1 pt 
12=Glyn Scott(ANF1.5) 1.5-litre Lotus 27 - Ford1 pt 
12=Lex DavisonCooper T62 - Climax FPF1 pt 

Next: the 1965 season

All cars are 2.5-litre Tasman formula cars unless otherwise noted.