1955 Australian Grand Prix

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Australia  1955 Australian Grand Prix
Race details
Formula Libre race
Date 10 October 1955
Location Port Wakefield, South Australia
Course Permanent racing facility
2.09 km (1.3 mi)
Distance 80 laps, 167.3 km (104 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver Australia Stan Jones Maybach II Special
Fastest lap
Driver Australia Jack Brabham
Australia Reg Hunt
Time 1'03
First Australia Jack Brabham Cooper-Bristol
Second Australia Reg Hunt Maserati
Third Australia Doug Whiteford Talbot-Lago

The 1955 Australian Grand Prix was a motor race held at the Port Wakefield circuit, in South Australia on 10 October 1955. The race had 22 starters. The race was held over 80 laps of the 2.09 km (1.3 mi) circuit.

It was the twentieth Australian Grand Prix and the first to be held on a purpose built motor racing circuit after the previous 19 were held on closed streets or country roads, or on airfields modified for the purpose. Future World Champion Jack Brabham won his first Australian Grand Prix in a streamlined Cooper-Bristol that Brabham, then recently joined the Cooper team, had assembled himself and sent to Australia. It was the first time a rear-engined car had won the AGP, although this was seen as an upset win and a rear-engined car would not win again until 1960.


Results as follows.[1]

Pos No. Driver Car Laps Time
1 6 Australia Jack Brabham Cooper T40 / Bristol 2.0L 80 1h 26m 44.43s
2 5 Australia Reg Hunt Maserati A6GCM / Maserati 2.5L 80 1h 26m 47.54s
3 3 Australia Doug Whiteford Talbot-Lago T26C / Talbot-Lago 4.5L 80 1h 26m 48.92s
4 10 Australia Kevin Neal Cooper T23 / Bristol 2.0L 78
5 12 Australia Murray Trenberth Vincent Special / Vincent 1.0L 76
6 16 Australia Keith Rilstone Rilstone Special / Vincent 1.0L 75
7 14 Australia Bill Craig Alta / Holden 2.4L 75
8 2 Australia Eldred Norman Eclipse Zephyr / Ford s/c 2.3L 75
9 20 Australia Bill Wilcox Ford V8 Special / Ford 4.4L 74
10 17 Australia Greg McEwin Austin-Healey 100 / Austin-Healey 2.7L 71
11 30 Australia Jack Johnson MG TC Special / MG 1.3L 69
12 7 Australia Charlie Whatmore Jaguar Special / Jaguar 3.4L 68
13 27 Australia Bob Burnet-Read MG K3 / MG 1.1L 67
14 29 Australia Steve Tillet MG TC / MG 1.4L 66
15 21 Australia C.N. Norris AC Ace / AC 2.0L 64
Ret 35 Australia John Cummins Bugatti Type 37 / Holden 2.2L
Ret 8 Australia Tom Hawkes Cooper T23 / Bristol 2.0L
Ret 18 Australia Clem Smith Austin-Healey 100 / Austin-Healey 2.7L
Ret 4 Australia Stan Jones Maybach II Special / Maybach 3.8L
Ret 9 Australia Stan Coffey Cooper T20 / Bristol 2.0L
Ret 26 Australia Bruce Walton Walton / JAP 0.5L
Ret 25 Australia Murray Rainey Cooper Mk.IX / Norton 0.5L
Ret 23 Australia Bill Patterson Cooper Mk.V / JAP 0.5L



  1. ^ Howard, Graham (1986). "1955". In Howard, Graham. The Official 50-race history of the Australian Grand Prix. Gordon, NSW: R & T Publishing. pp. 206–217. ISBN 0-9588464-0-5. 
Preceded by
1954 Australian Grand Prix
Australian Grand Prix
Succeeded by
1956 Australian Grand Prix