1928 Australian Grand Prix

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Australia  1928 Australian Grand Prix
Race details
Date 31 March 1928
Location Phillip Island, Victoria
Course Temporary road circuit
10.6 km (6.5 mi)
Distance 16 laps, 169 km (105 mi)
Weather Sunny


Podium
First Australia Arthur Waite Austin
Second Australia John McCutcheon Morris
Third Australia Cyril Dickason Austin

The 1928 Australian Grand Prix was a motor race held on the Phillip Island road course, on Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia on 31 March 1928. Although now known as the first Australian Grand Prix, the 1928 race was actually staged as the 100 Miles Road Race and it did not assume the Australian Grand Prix title until some years later.[1]

The race was originally to be held on Monday 26 March however rain forced postponement until Saturday 31 March.[2] It was open to "light" cars of up to 2 litre capacity [2] and it attracted 30 entries, of which 17 started.[3] The event was conducted as two separate races, with the first held in the morning for Class B (750cc to 1100cc) and D (1500cc to 2000cc) entries, and the second held in the afternoon, for Class A (up to 750cc) and C (1100cc to 1500cc) cars.[2] The competitor setting the fastest time was to receive a £100 trophy donated by Mr CB Kellow and would be regarded as "Champion of the Day".[4]

Race results[edit]

Source:[5]

Race One[edit]

Pos No. Class Driver Car Laps Time
1 24 D John McCutcheon Morris Cowley 16 1h 50m 10s
2 25 D Cyril Dickason Austin 12 16 1h 54m 02s
3 10 B Barney Dentry Senechal 16 1h 55m 44s
4 26 D Bill Lowe Métallurgique 16 2h 05m 01s
5 8 B Bill Williamson Riley Nine 16 2h 17m 37s
6 7 B Les Pound DFP 16 2h 24m 29s
Ret 6 B W A "Ab" Terdich DFP
Ret 23 D Les Jennings Morris Cowley

Race Two[edit]

Pos No. Class Driver Car Laps Time
1 3 A Australia Arthur Waite Austin 7 s/c 16 1h 46m 40s
2 14 C Australia Arthur Terdich Bugatti Type 40 16 1h 54m 45s
3 15 C Jack Day Bugatti Type 37A 16 1h 56m 26s
4 5 A Clarrie May Austin 7 16 2h 03m 24s
5 16 C J C Hutton Alvis 12/50 16 2h 04m 21s
6 2 A Tom Davey Austin 7 16 2h 06m 19s
7 1 A Stan King Austin 7 16 2h 08m 35s
Ret 17 C Ron Gardner Alvis 12/50
Ret 18 C Ed Houn Aston Martin

Classification[edit]

Pos No. Class Driver Car Laps Time
1 3 A Australia Arthur Waite Austin 7 s/c 16 1h 46m 40s
2 24 D John McCutcheon Morris Cowley 16 1h 50m 10s
3 25 D Cyril Dickason Austin 12 16 1h 54m 02s
4 14 C Australia Arthur Terdich Bugatti Type 40 16 1h 54m 45s
5 10 B Barney Dentry Senechal 16 1h 55m 44s
6 15 C Jack Day Bugatti Type 37A 16 1h 56m 26s
7 5 A Clarrie May Austin 7 16 2h 03m 24s
8 16 C J C Hutton Alvis 12/50 16 2h 04m 21s
9 26 D Bill Lowe Métallurgique 16 2h 05m 01s
10 2 A Tom Davey Austin 7 16 2h 06m 19s
11 1 A Stan King Austin 7 16 2h 08m 35s
12 8 B Bill Williamson Riley Nine 16 2h 17m 37s
13 7 B Les Pound DFP 16 2h 24m 29s
Ret 6 B W A "Ab" Terdich DFP
Ret 17 C Ron Gardner Alvis 12/50
Ret 18 C Ed Houn Aston Martin
Ret 23 D Les Jennings Morris Cowley

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ John B Blanden, A History of Australian Grand Prix 1928–1939, Volume 1, 1981, page vii
  2. ^ a b c Bell, Ray (1986). "1928". The official 50-race history of the Australian Grand Prix. R&T Publishing. pp. 14–24. ISBN 0-9588464-0-5. 
  3. ^ John B Blanden, A History of Australian Grand Prix 1928–1939, Volume 1, 1981, page 7
  4. ^ John B Blanden, A History of Australian Grand Prix 1928–1939, Volume 1, 1981, page 5
  5. ^ 1928 Australian Grand Prix
Preceded by
First Race Held
Australian Grand Prix
1928
Succeeded by
1929 Australian Grand Prix