1937 Australian Grand Prix
|Formula Libre handicap race|
|Date||26 December 1936|
|Location||Port Elliot-Victor Harbour Circuit 
near Victor Harbour, South Australia
|Course||Temporary road circuit
12.55 km (7.8 mi)
|Distance||32 laps, 401.6 km (250 mi)|
|Third||Bob Lea-Wright||Terraplane Special|
The 1937 Australian Grand Prix is a name which has been applied retrospectively to the 1936 South Australian Centenary Grand Prix, a motor race held on the Port Elliot-Victor Harbour road circuit in South Australia on Boxing Day, 26 December 1936.
The 1935 Australian Grand Prix had been held at Phillip Island in April and no succeeding event had been planned. Eventually the Australian Grand Prix would be revived in April 1938 at Bathurst. The stature of 1936 South Australian Centenary Grand Prix, the largest such race held in the three-year gap, saw it later renamed and redated to become the 1937 Australian Grand Prix.
The race was the first road race for cars to be held in South Australia, with special amendments to the Road Traffic Act required to allow the roads to be closed for that purpose. A 7.8-mile (12.55 km) course was laid out specifically for the race on sealed public roads between the seaside towns of Port Elliot and Victor Harbour. It was only used for racing on this one occasion. The race had 25 starters and was held over 32 laps for a total distance of approximately 250 miles (400 kilometres). Like most major Australian motor races of the period, it featured a handicap start, with the slowest cars starting first and other cars starting at timed intervals according to their predicted performance. The race was promoted by Centenary Road Races Limited of Adelaide.
The race was won by pre-race favourite Les Murphy, driving a MG P off a handicap of 40 minutes. He finished over ten minutes clear of Tim Joshua driving a similar car with Bob Lea-Wright third  in a Terraplane-based special. Fifth placed finisher Ossie Cranston, driving a Ford V8-based special  off a handicap of 5 minutes, completed the race in the fastest actual running time of 3 hours 20 minutes and 17 seconds.
Results as follows.
|1||29||Les Murphy||MG PB / MG 0.8L||L Murphy||32||3h 57m 36s|
|2||32 ||Tim Joshua||MG PB / MG 0.8L||AI Barrett||32||4h 7m 40s|
|3||19||Bob Lea-Wright||Terraplane Special / Terraplane 3.5L||RA Lea-Wright||32||4h 9m 20s|
|4||20||Alec Poole||Oldsmobile Special / Oldsmobile||AE Poole||32||4h 10m 29s|
|5||15||Barney Dentry||Riley Special / Riley 1.1L||GB Dentry||32||4h 12m 32s|
|6||6||Ossie Cranston||Ford V8 Special / Ford 3.6L||OS Cranston||32||4h 15m 47s|
|7||35||Ron Uffindell||Austin 7 Special / Austin 0.7L||RS Uffindell||32||4h 19m 19s|
|8||27||John Summers||MG L Magna / MG 1.1L||J Summers||32||4h 22m 18s|
|9||18||Harry Beith||Terraplane Special / Terraplane 3.5L||HJ Beith||32||4h 24m 01s|
|10||23||John Dutton||MG C / MG 0.8L||JH Dutton||32||4h 24m 03s|
|11||9||Arthur Terdich||Bugatti Type 37A / Bugatti s/c 1.5L||32|
|12||26||George Martin||AC 16/80 / AC 2.0L||RH Wilkinson||32||4h 30m 43s|
|NC||4||Lyster Jackson||MG K3 / MG s/c 1.1L||L Jackson||29|
|NC||33||J. McDonald||Amilcar||J McDonald||28|
|Ret||22||Alf Barrett||Lombard AL3 / Lombard 1.2L||AI Barrett||25|
|NC||31||Colin Anderson||Morris Cowley Special / Morris 1.5L||AI Barrett||23|
|Ret||17||Jack Phillips||Ford Special / Ford 3.6L||JK Phillips||21|
|Ret||3 ||Lord William Waleran||MG K3 / MG s/c 1.1L||J Snow||20|
|Ret||30||Jim Gullan||Wolseley Hornet / Wolseley Motors Limited 1.3L||J Gullan||17|
|NC||25||H. Abbott||Austin 7 / Austin s/c 0.7L||BP Tinckham||11|
|Ret||1||Jim Fagan||MG K3 / MG s/c 1.1L||JH Fagan||10|
|Ret||34||E.M. Winter||Vauxhall 14/40 Special / Vauxhall 2.3L||EM Winter||10|
|Ret||21||Hylton Dale||Bugatti Type 37A / / Bugatti s/c 1.5L||Hylton Dale||9|
|NC||2||Tom Peters||Bugatti Type 37A / Bugatti s/c 1.5L||TM Peters||7|
|NC||12||George Smith||Austin 7 / Austin||GC Smith||7|
|Ret||13||Les Burrows||Hudson Special / Hudson||L Burrows||7|
|Ret||7||Frank Kleinig||Hudson Special / Hudson||WA McIntyre||5|
|DNS||14||Bill Bullen||Alvis / Alvis s/c 1.5L||B McN. Clark|
- Front cover, Official Programme, SA Centenary Grand Prix, 26 and 29 December 1936
- John B Blanden, A History of the Australian Grand Prix 1928-1939, page 129
- "Recognition" of the race as an Australian Grand Prix would seem to have occurred prior to the running of the 1953 Australian Grand Prix as the cover of the "Official Souvenir Progamme" for that race indicated that it was the "XVIIIth Australian Grand Prix"
- A list of "Australian GP Winners" published on page 52 of the 1961 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport includes L Murphy as the winner of the 1937 AGP at Victor Harbor.
- Centenary Grand Prix - Regulations for SA Event, Sydney Morning Herald, Friday, 21 August 1936 page 7 As retrieved from trove.nla.gov.au on 12 March 2013.
- John B Blanden, A History of the Australian Grand Prix 1928-1939, page 132
- John B Blanden, A History of the Australian Grand Prix 1928-1939, page 147
- John B Blanden, A History of the Australian Grand Prix 1928-1939, page 148
- Medley, John (1986). "1952". In Howard, Graham. The Official 50-race history of the Australian Grand Prix. Gordon, NSW: R & T Publishing. pp. 92–103. ISBN 0-9588464-0-5.
- John B Blanden, A History of Australian Grand Prix 1928-1939, pages 132 & 143
- John B Blanden, A History of Australian Grand Prix 1928-1939, pages 132 & 137
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