AMPOL 1956 Around Australia Trial

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AMPOL 1956 Around Australia Trial

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 prizemoney.

Class Winners:

  • 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)

State Awards:

  • 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 points)

Please Note: You can sort this listing by simply clicking on the column heading
VEHICLE DRIVER(S)
1
Peugeot
W. Murrell / A. Taylor
258
2
Volkswagen
M. Goldsmith
395
3
Holden J. Murray
688
4
Volkswagen J. Letchford / A. Glasson
735
4
Standard Vanguard R. Woodger / J. Lefoe
735
6
Standard Vanguard R. Scarlett
738
7
Holden A. Anderson
758
8
Austin A90 P. Antill
773
9
Volkswagen W. Robinson
874
10
Ford V8 D. Macrae
879
11
Standard Vanguard K & R Christie
983
12
Peugeot R. Crocker
996
13
Rolls Royce Mrs. B. Brown
1188
14
Ford Customline L. Free
1244
15
Morris Minor Frank Bode Motors
1253
16
Holden Associated Taxi Service
1266
17
Peugeot Bombardier Motors
1274
18
Ford V8 J. Murray
1317
19
Holden L. Young
1390
20
Holden Edwards Car Sales
1399
21
Holden Garrard Radio Cabs
1572
22
Holden The 1817 Car Club
1619
23
Ford Anglia O. Crombie
1698
24
Volkswagen H. Everett
1736
25
Morris Oxford T. Robertson
1796
26
Terraplane J. Dick
1856
27
Volkswagen A. Gibbons
2044
28
Plymouth V. Wilson
2168
29
Standard Vanguard K. Thallon
2192
30
Volkswagen S. Tosh / A. Gilbert
2231
31
Morris Isis T. White
2272
32
Morris Minor Norm Porter
2307
STARTERS AND FINISHERS
CAR
STARTED
FINISHED
Alvis
1
0
Austin A30
2
0
Austin A40
2
0
Austin A90
2
1
Buick
1
0
Chrysler
1
0
Citroen
1
0
DeSoto
1
0
Dodge
1
0
Fiat 600
1
0
Fiat 1100
1
0
Fiat 1400
1
0
Ford Anglia
1
1
Ford V8
15
3
Ford Zephyr
2
0
Goliath
1
0
Holden
17
7
Hudson
1
0
Lloyd
1
0
MG TF
1
0
Morris Isis
2
1
Morris Minor
6
2
Morris Oxford
2
1
Peugeot
10
3
Plymouth
1
1
Pontiac
1
0
Renault
1
0
Rolls Royce
1
1
Simca
4
0
Singer
1
0
Standard
2
1
Sunbeam-Talbot
1
0
Terraplane
1
1
Vanguard
13
3
Vauxhall
2
0
Volkswagen
9
6
Willys
1
0
A Tough And Tragic Event:

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.

The going really got tough after Port Augusta, the dirt roads having received torrential rain just prior to the competitors arrival.

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.

Next came the ranges through Ravenshoe to Cairns, and finally the somewhat easier stretch to Sydney.

Tradgedy 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.

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