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Armstrong 500 - Mount Panorama, Bathurst - 6th October, 1963

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Falcon XC Cobra
Bathurst 1963
Torana L34

Number of Laps: 130


Total Race Time: 7:46:99.10
Fastest lap: N/A
Classes: Class A - Up to £900; Class B - £901 to £1000; Class C - £1001 to £1200; Class D - £1201 to £2000
In 1963 the race was moved to the Mount, at a time when both manufacturers and sponsors were beginning to understand the potential commercial gains to be made, such was the amount of support the race had so quickly garnered from the public. It was only natural for the manufacturers to want to have success on the Mountain, knowing only too well that a victory at this event would ensure sales the next day. Thus began the manufacture of "Bathurst Specials", cars designed specifically for the big race. The first came in 1963 with the Holden EH S4, which featured a 179ci engine and 3.36:1 diff. Although 6 would be entered that year, it was the all conquering GT Cortina 1500 of Bob Jane and Harry Firth that would take the honours.
Please Note: You can sort this listing by simply clicking on the column heading
DRIVER / CO DRIVER(S)
1
Harry Firth / Bob Jane
Ford Cortina GT
C
130
2
Frederick George "Fearless Fred" Morgan / Ralph Sach
Holden EH S4
C
129
3
Bruce McPhee / Graham Ryan
Ford Cortina GT
C
129
4
Tony Reynolds / Tony Allen
Valiant AP5
D
126
5
Geoff Russell / John Reaburn
Ford Zephyr
D
126
6
Doug Chivas / Ken Wilkinson
Morris Cooper
B
125
7
Jim Gates / Mike Nedelko
Morris Cooper
B
125
8
Bill Cunliffe / Barry Broomhall
Ford Cortina GT
C
124
9
Harry Budd / R. Smith
Holden EH S4
C
123
10
Alan Caelli / Ern Abbott
Ford Cortina 1500
B
123
11
Max Volkers / K. Burns
Ford Cortina 1500
B
123
12
Wal Donnelly / John Marchiori
Morris Cooper
B
122
13
Des West / John Martin
Morris Cooper
B
120
14
Om Harding / Adrian Yannucelli
Morris Cooper
B
120
15
Ian Grant / Trevor Marden
Holden EH S4
C
120
16
Frank Matich / George Murray
Renault R8
B
119
17
John Connolly / Bob Draper
Renault R8
B
119
18
Bob Holden / Bill March
Peugeot 404
D
119
19
Bill Ford / Barry Ferguson
Volkswagen
A
116
20
Don Holland / Lindsay Little
Morris Mini 850
B
116
21
Brian Foley / Peter Manton
Morris Cooper
B
116
22
George Reynolds / Jim McKeown
Volkswagen
A
115
23
Kevin Bartlett / Bill Reynolds
Holden EH S4
C
115
24
Phil McCumisky / Lex Brailey
Holden FB
C
115
25
Peter Brown / Ron Marshall
Morris Cooper
B
115
26
Am Andrews / Rocky Tresise
Volkswagen
A
115
27
Bert Needham / Warren Weldon
D
115
28
Charlie Smith / Ron Hodgson
Morris Cooper
B
115
29
Ken Brigden / Bruce Smith
Simca Aronde
B
114
30
Greg Mackie / Graham White
Volkswagen
A
113
31
John Alexander / Bill Stanley
Morris Mini 850
A
113
32
Barry Gurdon / Jerry Trevor-Jones
Morris Elite
B
113
33
Jack Murray / Alan Edney
Morris Elite
B
113
34
Barry Seton / Herb Taylor
Morris Mini 850
A
112
35
Warren Blomfield / Lorraine Hill
Morris Elite
B
112
36
Ron Thorp / Jim White
Morris Elite
B
111
37
Frank Hann / Graham Forrest
Volkswagen
A
111
38
Brian Muir / Spencer Martin
Holden EH S4
C
111
39
Tom Corcoran / Digby Cooke
Morris Mini 850
A
111
40
Fred Sutherland / Les Park
Renault Gordini
B
110
41
Barry Collerson / Les Howard
Fiat 770
A
103
42
David Walker / Ron Clarke
Renault R8
B
102
43
Mike Callan / Jim Bonthorne
Triumph Herald
A
101
44
Kevin Nicholson / Fred Gibson
Morris Mini 850
A
89
45
Bill Burns / Brian Lawler
Humber Snipe
D
21
DNF
Tony Hill / Frank Kleinig
Morris Mini 850
A
DNF
DNF
Doug Kelley / Graham Kelley
Morris Cooper
B
DNF
DNF
Dave Humphries / Mike Martin
Morris Cooper
B
DNF
DNF
Sid Howard / Les Weiley
Morris Cooper
B
DNF
DNF
Paul Bolton / Laurie Stewart
Morris Cooper
B
DNF
DNF
Carl Kennedy / Doug Stewart
Simca Aronde
B
DNF
DNF
Ian Geoghegan / Leo Geoghegan
Ford Cortina GT
C
DNF
DNF
Jim O'Shaunnessy / John Brindley
Holden EH S4
C
DNF
DNF
Bob Cook / Alwyn Rose
Valiant S
D
DNF
DNF
Jim Wright / Ian Ferguson
D
DNF
DNF
David McKay / Greg Cusack
Vauxhall Velox
D
DNF
DNF
Bill Coe / Syd Fisher
Peugeot 404
D
DNF
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