Australian Grand Prix

Sandown Park, 25 Feb 1968

1 Jim Clark Lotus 49 [R2] - Cosworth DFW V8
#6 Gold Leaf Team Lotus with Ford Australia
55 62m 40.3s
2 Chris Amon (Tasman) 2.4-litre Ferrari Dino 246T/68 [0004] V6
#4 Chris Amon
55 62m 40.4s
3 Graham Hill Lotus 49 [R1] - Cosworth DFW V8
#5 Gold Leaf Team Lotus with Ford Australia
55 63m 39.6s
4 Frank Gardner Brabham BT23D [1] - Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 V8
#8 Alec Mildren Racing Pty. Ltd.
(see note 1)
55 63m 39.8s
5 Piers Courage (F2) 1.6-litre McLaren M4A [M4A/2] - Cosworth FVA
#18 P. Courage (see note 2)
6 Richard Attwood BRM P126 [02] - P121 V12
#12 Owen Racing Organisation
7 Leo Geoghegan Lotus 39 [R12] - Repco 740 V8
#10 Geoghegan Racing Division
8 Kevin Bartlett Brabham BT11A [IC-3-64] - Climax FPF 4
#9 Alec Mildren Racing Pty. Ltd.
9 Denis Hulme (F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23 [2] - Cosworth FVA
#1 Racing Team S.A. (see note 3)
R Greg Cusack Brabham BT23A [1] - Repco 640 V8
#7 Scuderia Veloce (see note 4)
R Jack Brabham Brabham BT23E [1] - Repco 830 V8
#2 Ecurie Vitesse S.A. (see note 5)
21 engine
R John Harvey Brabham BT11A [IC-4-64] - Repco 740 V8
#3 Bob Jane Racing Team
21 gearbox
R Pedro Rodriguez BRM P126 [01] - P121 V12
#11 Owen Racing Organisation
10 engine
UNKE Fred Gibson Brabham BT16 [F2-8-65] - Climax FPF 4
#17 N. Allen (see note 6)
On entry list
UNKE Geoff Vercoe Cicada [3] - BRM s4
#24 D. G. Fraser
On entry list

All cars are 2.5-litre Tasman unless noted.

Qualifying information not available

Notes on the cars:

  1. Brabham BT23D [1] (Frank Gardner): The one-off BT23D was built for Alec Mildren Racing for Tasman racing and fitted with a 2.5-litre Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 V8. It debuted in Frank Gardner's hands at the Warwick Farm Gold Star race in Dec 1967 and was then raced by Garder in every race of the 1968 Tasman series. Kevin Bartlett took over the drive for the 1968 Australian Gold Star season and the 1969 Tasman series. It was then sold to Jim Abbott who acquired a 5-litre Traco Oldsmobile engine from Frank Matich and built what was claimed to be the first Formula 5000 in Australia. It was displayed at Abbott's Melbourne Racing Car Show and thereafter mainly used in hillclimbs. Its racing career ended after the death of a later pilot, Chris Murphy, but the remains were acquired in 1985 by Paul Moxham who had it fully restored with its original Autodelta engines.
  2. McLaren M4A [M4A/2] (Piers Courage): Entered by John Coombes for Piers Courage in F2 in 1967. Crashed at Brands Hatch in August 1967 and believed to have been rebuilt on a new tub before its next race at Albi four weeks later, but Autosport makes no mention of a rebuild nor of it being a new car. Raced by Piers Courage in the 1968 Tasman series. Sold to Niel Allen and raced in Australian events in 1968 until Allen crashed heavily at Lakeside in July, reportedly requiring another new tub to be fabricated. Raced again by Allen in 1969, then to Pat Burke for drivers Len Goodwin 1970-71 and Warwick Brown 1971. Sold by Burke and Peter Malloy to Erol Richardson but bought back by Pat Burke around 1982. Restored by Molloy for Burke and retained until sold to John Hugenholtz. To David Coplowe (England) by 1994. Raced in the HSCC Historic Formula Racing Car Championship in 1995. Raced by Coplowe until 2010, and sold to Gareth Williams (Oxfordshire) in 2012.
  3. Brabham BT23 [2] (Denis Hulme): Motor Racing Developments entry for Denny Hulme in 1967 and probably the car used by Jack Brabham for a few races in July and August after his usual car was sold to Mick Mooney. Then raced by Frank Gardner in September. Taken to the Tasman series for Denny Hulme after he had wrecked BT23-5 at Pukekohe. Then sold to Italy and a Scuderia Picchio Rosso entry in 1968, but only appeared once for Tino Brambilla in July, and once for Enzo Corti in October. Retained by Scuderia Picchio Rosso for Corti a full season in 1969 and again for Vittorio Brambilla at the start of 1970. Last seen in July 1970. Subsequent history unknown but a chassis was found in Switzerland in 2005 that was believed to be "ex-Brambilla". The frame does appear to be the one raced by Tino Brambilla in 1968, but it is said to have come from Antonio Bernardo, who claims to have bought it from Winkelmann Racing at the end of the 1967 season. This car is still being investigated in July 2019.
  4. Brabham BT23A [1] (Greg Cusack): Built for Jack Brabham to use in the 1967 Tasman series and fitted with a 2.5-litre Repco V8. Won at Longford in March. Sold to David McKay's Scuderia Veloce and entered for Greg Cusack to drive in the 1967 Australian Gold Star and the 1968 Tasman, but Cusack was injured when he crashed at Longford in March 1968, and decided to retire. The car was extensively damaged, but was repaired and Phil West took over the drive for the 1968 Gold Star, starting with victory at Bathurst on Easter Monday. Then sold to Brian Page and used in Gold Star and regional events. Mentioned again in 1972 when Monarch-Ford racer Alan Stewart was said to have it for ANF2. Crashed at some point and the rear of the chassis replaced. Acquired by Peter Simms (Kurrajong, NSW Australia) in January 1980, restored and raced for the first time at Amaroo in August 1984. Raced in Australian historics by Simms for many years.
  5. Brabham BT23E [1] (Jack Brabham): Built for Jack Brabham to use in the 1968 Tasman series and fitted with a 2.5-litre Repco V8. Sold to Bob Jane Racing but crashed by John Harvey in practice at Bathurst in April. Crashed again by Allan Moffat in practice at Sandown Park in September. For Harvey again in the 1969 Australian Gold Star, the 1970 Tasman series (Warwick Farm and Sandown Park only) and for the first race of the 1970 Australian Gold Star (won at Symmons Plains March 1970). Then sold to Bob 'Woody' Curran and fitted with a Ford twin cam for ANF2 racing in Tasmania from 1971 to 1977. From Curran to David Madrers in the early 1980s and started restoration before selling to Bill Marshall in 1983 who completed the restoration and used it in historic racing in Australia. Then sold via Ray Delaney (Melbourne, Australia) to Art Valdez (Torrance, CA) in late 1990, and remained in his collection for many years, until sold to a UK consortium in 2017.
  6. Brabham BT16 [F2-8-65] (Fred Gibson): John Coombs entered this Brabham BT16 for Graham Hill in 1965, fitted with a BRM P71 engine. Hill continued to race it in the early part of 1966 after which it was then refitted with a 2.5-litre Climax FPF and taken to Australia by Frank Gardner to be used in Tasman racing. Gardner won first time out at a Gold Star race at Warwick Farm in December 1966 and then raced it in the 1967 Tasman series as part of Alec Mildren's team. After the series it was acquired by Niel Allen who planned to race it himself but instead entered it for Fred Gibson in 1967 and again in early 1968 before it was sold to Col Green in mid-1968. Retained by Green for three seasons and then sold in mid-1971 to Neil Rear (Perth, Western Australia), who raced it at Waneroo Park in 1972. In 1973, it was fitted with a Cosworth 1600 engine and at the end of that season, Rear sold it to Colin Hall, who planned to fit a Lotus twin cam, but continued to drive his Macon instead. The Brabham passed through various owners until acquired by photographer Julian Cowan. Sold via Bonhams to Rob McMillan (Sydney, NSW, Australia) and rebuilt on a replica chassis for historic racing, the original chassis being cut up and scrapped.


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.

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

One alteration is that John Harvey's Bob Jane Racing Brabham BT11A had a Repco engine, not a Climax, the engine having come from Harvey's old BT16 (Autosport 23 Feb 1968 p11)