The winning team of W. Murrell and A.
Taylor (driving a Peugeot) received £5600 prizemoney and a new car.
Second place getter M. Goldsmith received £1000 prizemoney, while
Third place getter J. Murray received £500
Up to 1000cc - Frank Bode Motors, Morris
Minor (1253 points)
1001cc to 2000cc - W. Murrell / A. Taylor, Peugeot (258 points)
2001 - 3000cc - J. Murray, Holden (688 points)
3001cc and over - D. G. Macrae, Ford V8 (879 points)
NSW: W. Murrell / A. Taylor, Peugeot (258 points)
VIC: R. Scarlett , Vanguard (738 points)
SA: A. Kipling, DeSoto (retired at Hughenden)
QLD: A. Anderson, Holden (758 points)
TAS: J. Dean, Willys (retired at Kingoonya)
Womens Prize: The most successful woman entrant award
went to Mrs. Blanche Brown who drove a Rolls Royce, and accumulated 1188
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Unlike the rival Mobilgas trial held the same year, the 1956 Ampol
Around Australia Trial was ruthlessly hard on both car and driver.
Of 113 starters, only 34 would be able to make it to the finish
line, most bearing battle scars from the tortuous event.
really got tough after Port Augusta,
the dirt roads having received torrential rain just prior to the
Peter Antill, who would finish in eighth place
in his Austin A90, described it best when he declared it "...a
mud bath all the way".
The field would "traverse" the notorious 84 mile (135
km) horror stretch of the Redex trials, from Mount Isa to Cloncurry.
From there the route travelled along the infamous Queensland blacksoil
plains down to Winton, then to Longreach and Hughenden.
the ranges through Ravenshoe to Cairns, and finally the somewhat
easier stretch to Sydney.
would occur for Sydney entrants Les Slaughter and Bill Mayes who,
while running in 3rd place in their MG TF, would leave the Gwyder
Highway between Grafton and Glen Innes.
Both drowned face-down
in a creek, their car nearby. Motoring identity Evan Green was
the first on the scene, however nobody actually witnessed the accident,
such was the sparce population of Australia at the time.
There was some good news however, with Sydney grandmother Mrs.
Blanche Brown putting in a sterling performance in her 3 tonne
1927 Rolls Royce.
Finishing in 13th position overall, she would
take out second place in the "big car" class, and she quickly became
the darling of the Australian press.