1962 Australian Touring Car Championship
|1962 Australian Touring Car Championship|
The 1962 Australian Touring Car Championship was a CAMS sanctioned Australian motor racing title  for Appendix J Touring Cars. It was contested as a single race, staged at the Longford Circuit, in Tasmania, Australia  on 3 March 1962. The title, which was the third Australian Touring Car Championship, was won by Bob Jane, driving a Jaguar 3.8 litre Mark 2.
Cars competed in six engine capacity classes.
- Under 1000cc 
- 1000cc to 1600cc 
- 1600cc – 2000cc 
- 2000cc – 2600cc 
- 2600cc – 3500cc 
- Over 3500cc 
There were no entries in the 1600cc – 2000cc class.
Despite the geographic difficulties of crossing Bass Strait to get to the Longford street circuit, all four available Jaguars attended the 1962 ATCC meeting. However, Ian Geoghegan's 3.4 litre example broke an axle in practice and, with his team's spares trapped on the mainland, the car did not start in the title race. Bob Jane, having spent the year preparing his largely unmodified 1961 Mark 2 into its 1962 form, was able to win by 23.8 seconds  from defending champion Bill Pitt, with the other Jaguar, driven by Bill Burns, finishing third. The best ever ATCC performance by a Peugeot saw Ken Bridgen finish in fourth position, just beating the ailing Holden of Des West to the finish line.
|Position ||Driver ||No. ||Car ||Class Pos. ||Class ||Laps |
|1||Bob Jane||7||Jaguar 3.8 litre Mark 2||1||Over 3500cc||15|
|2||Bill Pitt||34||Jaguar 3.4 litre “Mark 1”||1||2600cc – 3500cc||15|
|3||Bill Burns||Jaguar 3.4 litre “Mark 1”||2||2600cc – 3500cc||15|
|4||Ken Bridgen||Peugeot 403||1||1000cc – 1600cc||14|
|5||Des West||27||Holden 48/215||1||2000cc – 2600cc||14|
|6||Ross Farmer||70||Holden FJ||2||2000cc – 2600cc||13|
|7||Bob Holden||Peugeot 403||2||1000cc – 1600cc||13|
|8||Peter Manton||55||Morris Cooper||1||Under 1000cc||12|
|9||George Maguire||Hillman||3||1000cc – 1600cc||8|
|DNF||D Marshall||Morris 850||Under 1000cc||9|
|DNF||Brian Higgins||75||Holden FJ||2000cc – 2600cc ||7|
|DNF||Frank Manley||Holden FC||4|
|DNF||L Barrett||Vauxhall Cresta||4|
|DNS||Ian Geoghegan||5 ||Jaguar 3.4 litre “Mark 1” ||2600cc – 3500cc |
- Race distance: 15 laps, 67½ miles,  (108.60 km) 
- Winner's race time: 47:48.2 
- Winner's average speed: 84.75 mph,  (136.31 km/h) 
- Fastest lap: Bob Jane, 3:7.1  (139.31 km/h) 
- Records, Titles and Awards, 2002 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, page 14-7
- Major Australian Touring Car Racing Categories, Commodore 25th Anniversary, Australian Muscle Car Magazine, Special Edition, page 13
- Howard, Graham; Wilson, Stewart (1989). "1962: Jane: The young charger". Australian Touring Car Championship: 30 fabulous years. Gordon: R&T Publishing. pp. 34–40. ISBN 1875221026.
- David McKay, Surtees Cleans Up, Modern Motor, May 1962, pages 27-30
- 2004 V8 Supercars TV Guide, page 102
- Longford Results, The Mercury, Monday, 5 March 1962, page 17
- Graham Howard, Stewart Wilson , David Greenhalgh, 1962 - Jane: the young charger, Official history - Australian Touring Car Championship - 50 Years, Chevron Publishing Group, 2011, pages 32 to 36
- Jim Shepherd, A History of Australian Motor Sport, 1980, page 103
- Image of the start of the 1962 Australian Touring Car Championship at jagqld.org.au via web.archive.org. Left to right on the front row are the Jaguars of Bob Jane, Bill Pitt and Bill Burns.