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Hardie-Ferodo 500 - Mount Panorama, Bathurst - 3rd October, 1971

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Falcon XC Cobra
Bathurst 1971
Torana L34

Number of Laps: 130


Total Race Time: 6:9:49.5
Fastest lap: Bob Morris, 2:40 (138.87 km/h)
Classes: Class A - Up to $2150; Class B - $2151 to $2500; Class C - $2501 to $3150; Class D - $3151 to $4350; Class E - Over $4350

Thirteen Falcon GTHO Phase 3’s started in the 1971 Hardie-Ferodo, led by the works' cars of Allan Moffat and John French. Once again Moffat gained pole position, with a best lap practice of 2:38.9, 10 seconds faster than 1970, which did not encourage the Torana and Charger crews, who then had to hope on a series of mechanical failures from the big Ford’s to stand a chance.

As it happened, although five of the Falcons did fail to finish, only one of these was due to mechanical problems, this being the car of Trevor Meehan, who suffered brake problems. Of the four retirements, the Gibson/Seton car had its differential fail after someone had accidentally put odd tyres on the rear, the Beck/Rush car crashed, Bob Morris’s car overheated after a sheet of newspaper stuck over the grille.

And Bill Brown suffered yet another dreadful rollover, when his Falcon blew a tyre at McPhillamy Park and rolled along the top of the fence, the car being virtually cut in two (see: Bathurst Memorable Moments). It was a terrifying crash and TV viewers were treated to it’s replay time and time again during the afternoon.

Allan Moffat led the race all the way and never looked like losing it, but to add to Ford’s triumph, Falcon’s also came in second and third (Barnes/Skelton and McKay), fifth (French) and seventh (Goss). The good result must have been very pleasing to Ford, not only for their sales figures, but also for Howard Marsden, who took over the leadership of Ford's racing activities just before Bathurst and was confronted with the fact that the reliability of the modified Cleveland engines was still fairly unknown. The engines did hold together, and very well too, so the months of time and effort put into them were not wasted.

Please Note: You can sort this listing by simply clicking on the column heading
DRIVER / CO DRIVER(S)
1
Allan Moffat
Falcon XY GTHO
E
130
0:2:45.0
2
Phil Barnes / Bob Skelton
Falcon XY GTHO
E
129
0:2:45.4
3
David McKay
Falcon XY GTHO
E
129
0:2:44.4
4
Colin Bond
Torana LC XU1
D
129
0:2:46.9
5
John French
Falcon XY GTHO
E
129
0:2:41.9
6
John Goss
Falcon XY GTHO
E
129
0:2:47.2
7
Leo Geoghegan / Peter Brown
Charger E38
E
129
0:2:45.7
8
Peter Brock
Torana LC XU1
D
129
0:2:46.3
9
Don Holland / Brian Foley
Torana LC XU1
D
129
not available
10
Bob Beasley
Charger E38
D
128
0:2:46.3
11
Murray Carter
Falcon XY GTHO
E
127
not available
12
Norm Beechey / Jim McKeown
Charger E38
D
127
not available
13
Bruce McPhee
Torana LC XU1
D
127
not available
14
Kevin Bartlett
Falcon XY GTHO
E
126
0:2:53.3
15
Joe Butta / Geoff Hunter
Charger E38
D
126
not available
16
Martin Chenery
Charger E38
D
125
not available
17
Tony Roberts
Torana LC XU1
D
125
not available
18
John Walker / Malcolm Ramsay
Torana LC XU1
D
124
not available
19
Doug Chivas / Graham Moore
Charger E38
D
124
0:2:47.1
20
Des West
Falcon XY GTHO
E
123
0:2:46.7
21
Gerry Lister / David Seldon
Falcon XY 500
D
122
not available
22
Mick Brown
Torana LC XU1
D
121
0:2:44.7
23
Geoff Leeds / Digby Cooke
Torana LC XU1
D
120
not available
24
Ron Kearns
Fiat 124S
E
118
not available
25
Brian Reed / Graham Ritter
Charger E38
D
118
not available
26
Gary Cooke
Mazda RX2
C
117
not available
27
Geoff Wade / Geoff Perry
Torana LC GTR
C
117
not available
28
Graham Ryan
Charger E38
D
116
not available
29
Pat Peck / Jan Holland
Torana LC XU1
D
115
not available
30
Mal Brewster / Ray Strong
Torana LC GTR
C
115
not available
31
Ross Hewison / Brian Hones
Escort TC
C
114
0:3:6.3
32
Wayne Rogerson / Alan Mayne
Mazda RX2
C
113
not available
33
Bob Wedd / Bob Cracknell
Morris Cooper S
C
111
not available
34
Herb Vines / Chris Batger
Escort TC
C
110
not available
35
Geoff Westbury / Jim Sullivan
Cortina 2000L
C
110
not available
36
Bruce Stewart
Datsun 1600
B
109
not available
37
John Leffler
Mazda 1300
A
108
not available
38
Les Carne / Peter Cray
Mazda 1300
A
107
not available
39
Barry Arentz
Toyota Corolla
A
106
not available
40
Carl Kennedy / Bill Slattery
Mazda 1300
A
105
not available
41
Ken Brian / Noel Riley
Honda 1300S
C
104
not available
42
Bill Stanley / Mike Kable
Morris Cooper S
C
102
not available
43
Doug Whiteford
Datsun 1200
A
100
0:3:21.6
44
George Garth / John Hall
Mazda 1600
B
99
0:3:14.1
45
Don Smith
Datsun 1600
B
97
not available
DNF
Damon Beck / Garry Rush
Falcon XY GTHO
E
DNF
not available
DNF
Brian Sampson
Toyota Corolla
A
DNF
not available
DNF
Tom Naughton / Ross Wemyss
Charger E38
D
DNF
not available
DNF
Bryan Thomson / John Mann
Alfa Giulia
D
DNF
not available
DNF
Bob Morris / Ray Morris
Falcon XY GTHO
E
DNF
not available
DNF
Trevor Meehan
Falcon XY GTHO
E
DNF
not available
DNF
Bob Jane / John Harvey
Torana LC XU1
D
DNF
not available
DNF
Bob Forbes / John Millyard
Charger E38
D
DNF
not available
DNF
Bill Brown
Falcon XY GTHO
E
DNF
not available
DNF
Fred Gibson / Barry Seton
Falcon XY GTHO
E
DNF
not available
DNF
Bernie Haehnle / Ray Kaleda
Mazda 1300
A
DNF
not available
DNF
Scott McNaughton / Geoff Harvey
Torana LC XU1
D
DNF
not available
DNF
Alan Cant / Herb Taylor
Escort TC
C
DNF
not available
DNF
John Roxburgh / Jon Leighton
Datsun 1600
B
DNF
not available
DNF
James Laing-Peach
Datsun 1200
A
DNF
not available
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