1948 Australian Grand Prix

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Australia  1948 Australian Grand Prix
Race details
Formula Libre handicap race
Date 26 January 1948
Location Point Cook, Victoria
Course Airfield circuit
3.85 km (2.4 mi)
Distance 42 laps, 100.8 km (162.19 mi)
Weather Sunny

Fastest lap
Driver Australia Alf Barrett Alfa Romeo
Time 1'48
First New Zealand Frank Pratt BMW
Second Australia Alf Najar MG
Third Australia Dick Bland Reed-Ford

The 1948 Australian Grand Prix was a motor race held on the runways and service roads of the Royal Australian Air Force base at Point Cook just outside of Melbourne in Victoria on Australia Day. The race was held over 42 laps of a 3.85 kilometre circuit for a race distance of 162 kilometres.

It was the thirteenth Australian Grand Prix and the first time the race was not held on public roads. Prominent motorcycle racer Frank Pratt won the handicap race driving a BMW sports car. Alf Najar finished second driving a stripped down MG with Dick Bland third driving a George Reed constructed Ford V8 special. Bland also completed the 42 laps in the fastest elapsed time, but unlike later handicap races was not officially recognised in any way.


Results as follows.[1]

Pos No. Driver Car Laps Time
1 28 New Zealand Frank Pratt BMW 328 / BMW 2.0L 42 1h 33m 52s
2 31 Australia Alf Najar MG TB Special / MG 1.3L 42 1h 34m 35s
3 11 Australia Dick Bland George Reed Special / Ford 4.0L 42 1h 35m 19s
4 12 Australia Granton Harrison Ford V8 Special / Ford 3.6L 42 1h 35m 58s
5 26 Australia Dennis Curran Willys Ford V8 Special / Ford 3.9L 42 1h 36m 05s
6 30 Australia John Barraclough MG NE / MG 1.3L 42 1h 37m 02s
7 27 Australia Bill Ford Hudson Special / Hudson 3.5L 42 1h 38m 00s
8 3 Australia John Crouch Delahaye 135 / Delahaye 3.6L 42 1h 39m 00s
9 10 Australia Alec Mildren Ford V8 Special / Ford 3.6L 42 1h 40m 22s
10 22 Australia Ron Head Riley Imp / Riley 1.1L 42 1h 42m 13s
NC 35 Australia Bill Patterson MG TC / MG 1.3L
NC 23 Australia Jim Skinner Ballot 8 / Ford 3.6L
NC 41 Australia Cec Warren Morgan / Matchless 0.4L
Ret 4 Australia Doug Whiteford Black Bess Ford V8 Special / Ford 4.2L 34
Ret 5 Australia Hope Bartlett Dixon / Riley 1.8L 32
Ret 2 Australia Alf Barrett Alfa Romeo Monza / Alfa Romeo 2.4L 22
Ret 6 Australia Lex Davison Mercedes-Benz 38/250 / Mercedes-Benz 7.4L 17
Ret 38 Australia Tom Sulman Singer Special / Singer 1.0L 16
Ret 20 Australia Jim Gullan Ballot / Oldsmobile 3.9L 15
Ret 16 Australia Rug Nutt Cadillac Special / Cadillac 14
Ret 14 Australia Charlie Dean Maybach I / Maybach 4.3L 12
Ret 21 Australia John Nind MG TB Special / MG 1.3L 10
Ret 18 Australia Tom Luxton Nuttbug Bugatti Type 40 / Ford 3.6L 7
Ret 1 Australia Tony Gaze Alta / Alta 2.0L 5
Ret 7 Australia Norm Andrews Stewand / Lea-Francis 3.5L 0
DNS 19 Australia Arthur Chick Bugatti Type 37 / Bugatti 2.3L



  1. ^ Howard, Graham (1986). "1948". In Howard, Graham. The Official 50-race history of the Australian Grand Prix. Gordon, NSW: R & T Publishing. pp. 126–137. ISBN 0-9588464-0-5. 
Preceded by
1947 Australian Grand Prix
Australian Grand Prix
Succeeded by
1949 Australian Grand Prix