1959 Australian Grand Prix

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Australia  1959 Australian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 3 of 12 in 1959 Australian Drivers' Championship
Date 2 March 1959
Location Longford Circuit, Longford, Tasmania
Course Temporary street circuit
7.0 km (4.4 mi)
Distance 25 laps, 175 km (110 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver Australia Stan Jones Maserati
Fastest lap
Driver Australia Arnold Glass Maserati
Time 2'27
First Australia Stan Jones Maserati
Second Australia Len Lukey Cooper-Climax
Third Australia Arnold Glass Maserati

The 1959 Australian Grand Prix was a Formula Libre motor race held at Longford on 2 March 1959. The race had just 13 starters.

It was the twenty fourth Australian Grand Prix and the third race of the 1959 Australian Drivers' Championship. Stan Jones won his only AGP, breaking through after years of trying with the Maybach series of specials to win in his Maserati 250F, in what would be the last victory for a front-engined car.

The grid was decided based on race times set in two heat races. The first and slower heat was won by Doug Whiteford from Arnold Glass and Bill Patterson. The second heat was won by Jones, giving him the pole position, from Len Lukey and Alec Mildren.


Results as follows.[1]

Pos No. Driver Car Laps Time
1 1 Australia Stan Jones Maserati 250F / Maserati 2.5L 25 1h 11m 44s
2 5 Australia Len Lukey Cooper T45 / Climax FPE 2.0L 25 1h 11m 46s
3 7 Australia Arnold Glass Maserati 250F / Maserati 2.5L 25 1h 13m 21s
4 4 Australia Alec Mildren Cooper T43 / Climax FPF 2.0L 25 1h 13m 50s
5 6 Australia Alan Jack Cooper T39 / Climax FPE 1.5L 21
6 14 Australia Lyn Archer Cooper T39 / Climax 1.1L 20
Ret 74 Australia Max Stephens Cooper T40 / Bristol 2.0L 19
Ret 56 Australia Ron Phillips Cooper T38 / Jaguar 3.8L 14
Ret 19 Australia John Roxburgh Cooper T39 / Climax 1.5L 14
Ret 60 Australia Austin Miller Miller Special / Climax FWB 1.5L 9
Ret 3 Australia Ted Gray Tornado Mk.II / Chevrolet 4.6L 5
Ret 44 Australia John Lanyon MG TC Special / MG 1.3L 1
Ret 26 Australia Doug Whiteford Maserati 300S / Maserati 3.0L 1
DNS 75 Australia Bill Patterson Cooper / Climax FPF 1.8L
DNQ 55 Australia John Youl Wylie Javelin / Jowett 1.5L S/C



  1. ^ Howard, Graham (1986). "1959". In Howard, Graham. The Official 50-race history of the Australian Grand Prix. Gordon, NSW: R & T Publishing. pp. 248–255. ISBN 0-9588464-0-5. 
Preceded by
1958 Australian Grand Prix
Australian Grand Prix
Succeeded by
1960 Australian Grand Prix