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Hardie-Ferodo 1000 - Mount Panorama, Bathurst - 5th October, 1975

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Falcon XC Cobra
Bathurst 1975
Torana L34

Number of Laps: 163


Total Race Time: 7:50:99.1
Fastest lap: Peter Brock, 2:29.8 (148.33 km/h)
Classes: Class A - Up to 1300cc; Class B - 1301 to 2000cc; Class C - 2001 to 3000cc; Class D - 3001 to 6000cc

Even before the 1975 race started, there was a raging controversy about the future of the event following the announcement by the race organisers, the Australian Racing Drivers Club, of their intention to restrict the race to 3-litre cars in 1976. For 1975, the prize money was to be heavily biased towards the classes rather than outright placings, with the follow-up of the complete scrapping of the big cars in 1976.

An ARDC official was reported to have said: "It's a race for cars, not drivers, and if Moffat or Goss didn't start I don't think it would be a great loss." This statement was shouted down with some ferocity by motor sport fans and participants, and the idea was dropped.

Meanwhile, back at the race track, practice for the 1975 Hardie-Ferodo was going fairly well for Moffat who eventually earned a place on the front row of the grid only one-tenth of a second behind the pole-getter Colin Bond with a time of 2 min 27.4 sec. John Goss's car was blowing smoke all day and could only manage 10th fastest, while the Carter/Winter Falcon grabbed seventh spot.

The race itself was not a happy one for Ford, all three Falcons eventually retiring with various maladies, the Goss/Bartlett car blowing its engine after only 10 laps, Carter and Winter suffered a broken oil pipe after 53 laps, while Moffat and Geoghegan, after holding the lead at one stage, had to change a gearbox and then retired with a broken lower control arm. The race was won in easy style by Peter Brock and Brian Sampson in their Gown/Hindaugh Torana L34.

Please Note: You can sort this listing by simply clicking on the column heading
DRIVER / CO DRIVER(S)
1

Peter Brock / Brian Sampson

Torana L34
D
163
0:2:28.6
2

Bob Morris / Frank Gardner

Torana L34
D
161
0:2:31.8
3

Colin Bond / John Walker

Torana L34
D
154
0:2:27.4
4

Bob Skelton / Ron Dickson

Torana L34
D
152
0:2:31.1
5

Don Holland / Hiroshi Fushida

Mazda RX3
C
151
0:2:45.5
6

Marie-Claude Beaumont / John Leffler

Alfa 2000 GTV
B
150
0:2:49.4
7

John Bassett / Eric Boord

Escort RS2000
B
149
0:2:45.8
8

Rod Coppins / Jim Richards

Torana L34
D
147
0:2:33.4
9

John Pollard / Bryan Thomson

Torana L34
D
147
0:2:39.2
10

James Laing-Peach / Graham Moore

Dolomite Sprint
B
145
0:2:50.1
11

Bill Brown / Sue Ransom

Escort RS2000
B
144
0:2:50.3
12

Mike Stillwell / Geoff Brabham

Escort RS2000
B
141
0:2:47.4
13

Bruce Hodgson / Dave Morrow

Escort RS2000
B
140
0:2:51.1
14

Peter Lander / Bob Martin

Mini Cooper S
A
140
0:2:59.2
15

Bill Evans / Bruce Stewart

Datsun 1200
A
139
0:3:01.4
16

Ray Harrison / Craig Bradtke

Mazda RX3
C
139
0:2:45.4
17

Barry Seton / Don Smith

Capri V6
C
138
0:2:42.2
18

Terry Wade / John Dellaca

Mini Cooper S
A
136
0:3:02.5
19

Ray Gulson / Paul Gulson

Alfa 2000 GTV
B
135
0:2:49.6
20

Bob Forbes / Wayne Negus

Torana L34
D
135
0:2:33.6
21

David Clement / Brian Wheeler

Mazda RX3
B
135
0:2:51.9
22

David Crowther / Gordon Rich

Alfa Junior
A
135
0:3:07.4
23

Geoff Moran / Eugene McLoughlin

Capri V6
C
134
0:3:01.7
24

Brian Porter / John Ainsley

Mazda 1300
A
132
0:3:11.7
25

Kevin Kennedy / Steve Land

Torana LJ XU1
D
130
not available
26

John Wharton / Kerry Horgan

Mazda RX3
C
129
0:2:53.3
27

Caroline O'Shanessy / David Booth

Mini Cooper S
A
128
0:3:09.3
28

Robin Dudfield / Lance DeLuca

Alfa Junior
A
128
0:3:06.5
29

Ian Wells / Neil West

Honda Civic
A
127
0:3:02.0
30

Geoff Wade / Robert Bride

Escort 1300
A
125
0:3:15.6
31

Warren Thompson / Robert Bride

Alfa 2000 GTV
B
119
0:2:51.1
32

Mal Robertson / Frank Porter

Alfa 2000 GTV
B
119
0:2:49.3
33

Lakis Manticas / Mel Mollison

Mazda RX3
C
116
0:2:46.4
34

George Morrell / Alan Cant

Escort TC
B
113
0:2:51.2
DNF

Peter Janson / John Harvey

Torana L34
D
DNF
0:2:28.6
DNF

Tim Schenken / Paul Bernasconi

Alfa 2000 GTV
B
DNF
not available
DNF

Graeme Adams / Bob Stevens

Torana LJ XU1
D
DNF
not available
DNF

Ray Molloy / Alan Braszell

Mini Clubman GT
A
DNF
not available
DNF

John Stoopman / Stuart Saker

Torana LJ XU1
D
DNF
not available
DNF

Allan Moffat / Ian Geoghegan

Falcon XB GT
D
DNF
not available
DNF

Bernie Haehnle / Terry Finnigan

Mazda RX3
C
DNF
not available
DNF

Max McGinley / Paul King

Honda Civic
A
DNF
not available
DNF

Peter Williamson / John McDonald

BMW 2002Ti
B
DNF
not available
DNF

Tim Slako / Tony Wilkinson

Torana L34
D
DNF
not available
DNF

Gary Leggatt / David Seldon

Mini Cooper S
A
DNF
not available
DNF

Jim Murcott / Rod Stevens

Escort RS2000
B
DNF
not available
DNF

John Lord / John Harris

Mini Cooper S
A
DNF
not available
DNF

Rod McRae / Russ McRae

Torana L34
D
DNF
not available
DNF

Nick Louis / Ted Brewster

Mazda RX3
C
DNF
not available
DNF

Chris Heyer / Barry Allen

VW Passat
A
DNF
not available
DNF

Murray Carter / Ray Winter

Falcon XB GT
D
DNF
not available
DNF

Richard Stiegler / Greg Toepfer

Toyota Corolla
A
DNF
not available
DNF

Allan Grice / Jim Hunter

Torana L34
D
DNF
not available
DNF

Geoff Newton / Paul Feltham

Capri V6
C
DNF
not available
DNF
Tom Naughton / Ross Wemyss
Mercedes 280E
C
DNF
not available
DNF

Charlie O'Brien / Graham Ryan

Torana L34
D
DNF
not available
DNF

Lawrie Nelson / Bob Watson

Capri V6
C
DNF
not available
DNF
John Fitzpatrick / Fred Gibson
Alfa 2000 GTV
B
DNF
not available
DNF

John Goss / Kevin Bartlett

Falcon XB GT
D
DNF
not available
DNF
Bob Holden / Lyndon Arnel
Escort RS2000
B
DNF
not available
DNF

Doug Whiteford / Geoff Perry

Datsun 260Z
C
DNF
not available
DNF

Lynn Brown / Ron Gillard

Mazda RX3
C
DNF
not available
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