1950 Australian Grand Prix

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Australia  1950 Australian Grand Prix
Race details
Formula Libre handicap race
Date 2 January 1950
Location Nuriootpa, South Australia
Course Temporary street circuit
7.04 km (4.375 mi)
Distance 34 laps, 163.9 km (102 mi)
Weather Sunny

Fastest lap
Driver Australia Rupert Steele
Australia Doug Whiteford
Alfa Romeo
Time 2'27
First Australia Doug Whiteford Ford
Second Australia Rupert Steele Alfa Romeo
Third Australia Jim Gullan Ballot-Oldsmobile

The 1950 Australian Grand Prix was a Formula Libre motor race held at a street circuit in Nuriootpa, South Australia on 2 January 1950. The race was held over 34 laps of the 7.0 kilometre circuit for a race distance of 164 kilometres.

It was the fifteenth Australian Grand Prix and featured a handicap start which saw the slowest cars starting ahead of the faster cars at timed intervals. The declared winner was the driver with the fastest elapsed time over the course of the race, however placings were not recognised at the time. Results published initially, were only handicap results.

Doug Whiteford won his first Australian Grand Prix as the fastest driver over the distance of the race, completing the race distance three minutes faster than nearest rival, Alfa Romeo driver Rupert Steele. Whiteford was driving the Ford/Mercury V8 powered special known as 'Black Bess'. Third fastest in elapsed time, Jim Gullan was also the handicap winner, driving an Oldsmobile powered Ballot.


A replica of "Black Bess", the Ford V8 Special in which Doug Whiteford won the 1950 Australian Grand Prix

Results as follows.[1]

Pos No. Driver Car Laps Time H'cap Pos
1 5 Australia Doug Whiteford Black Bess Ford V8 Special / Ford 4.2L 34 1h 24m 53s 3
2 6 Australia Rupert Steele Alfa Romeo 8C / Alfa Romeo 2.3L 34 1h 27m 51s 8
3 21 Australia Jim Gullan Ballot / Oldsmobile 3.9L 34 1h 29m 23s 1
4 30 Australia David Harvey MG TC Special / MG 1.3L 34 1h 33m 49s 2
5 22 Australia Bill Willcox Dodge Special / Dodge 4.1L 34 1h 34m 11s 7
6 32 Australia Steve Tillett MG TC Special / MG 1.3L 34 1h 34m 37s 6
7 33 Australia Ron Kennedy MG TC / MG 1.3L 34 1h 34m 41s 5
8 35 Australia Don Cant MG TC / MG 1.3L 34 1h 35m 05s 4
9 27 Australia Howard Keil HRG Special / HRG 1.5L 34 1h 35m 57s 9
10 26 Australia Norman Steele HRG Special / HRG 1.5L 34 1h 36m 08s 10
11 19 Australia Granton Harrison Phillips V8 Special / Ford 3.9L 34 1h 37m 39s 12
12 29 Australia Vin Maloney MG TC Special / MG 1.3L 34 1h 40m 14s 11
13 38 Australia R. Vinall MG NA / MG 1.3L 34 1h 46m 42s 13
Ret 30 Australia Peter McKenna BMW 328 / BMW 2.0L 33
Ret 34 Australia D. Douglas MG TC / MG 1.3L 32
Ret 20 Australia Dennis Curran Curran Ford V8 Special / Ford 4.0L 30
Ret 16 Australia Ken Tubman MG K3 / MG s/c 1.1L 28
Ret 31 Australia Ken Jackson MG K3 / MG s/c 1.1L 25
Ret 40 Australia Phill Harrison MG P / Vauxhall 1.4L 21
Ret 24 Australia Bob Brown Alfa Romeo Tipo B / Ford 4.0L 21
Ret 3 Australia Charlie Dean Maybach Special Mk.1 / Maybach 4.2L 21
Ret 23 Australia L. Robinson Bugatti / Dodge 15
Ret 11 Australia Peter Denman Hudson Special / Hudson 13
Ret 36 Australia E. Truman MG TC / MG 1.3L 11
Ret 17 Australia Bill Patterson MG TC / MG s/c 1.3L 6
Ret 39 Australia Max Galt MG NA / MG 1.3L 4
Ret 4 Australia Eldred Norman Double Ford V8 Special / Ford 7.8L 2
Ret 15 Australia Otto Stone MG K3 / MG s/c 1.1L 1
Ret 2 Australia Lex Davison Alfa Romeo Tipo B / Alfa Romeo 3.0L 1


  • Fastest lap: Rupert Steele and Doug Whiteford – 2'27


  1. ^ Howard, Graham (1986). "1950". In Howard, Graham. The Official 50-race history of the Australian Grand Prix. Gordon, NSW: R & T Publishing. pp. 148–157. ISBN 0-9588464-0-5. 

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Preceded by
1949 Australian Grand Prix
Australian Grand Prix
Succeeded by
1951 Australian Grand Prix