1970 Australian Touring Car Championship

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1970 Australian Touring Car Championship
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The 1970 Australian Touring Car Championship was a CAMS sanctioned motor racing title for drivers of Group C Improved Production Touring Cars and Group E Series Production Touring Cars.[1] The title, which was the 11th Australian Touring Car Championship,[2] began on 22 March 1970 at Calder Raceway and ended on 15 November at Symmons Plains Raceway after seven heats.[3]

The 1970 ATCC saw the first championship win for an Australian made car when Norm Beechey drove his Holden Monaro HT GTS350 to victory over the Porsche 911S of team mate Jim McKeown. Finishing in third and fourth place were the Ford Mustangs of Bob Jane and four time defending champion Ian Geoghegan.


The following drivers competed in the 1970 Australian Touring Car Championship.

Manufacturer Car model No Driver Entrant [4][5]
Ford Mustang 1 Australia Ian Geoghegan Geoghegan's Sporty Cars
Morris Cooper S 1310 2 & 22 Australia Peter Manton Peter Manton Shell Racing Team
Porsche 911S 3 & 7 Australia Jim McKeown Jim McKeown Shell Racing Team
Holden Monaro HT GTS350 4 Australia Norm Beechey Norm Beechey Shell Racing Team
Ford Escort Twin Cam Mk.I 5 Australia Graham Ritter
Ford Mustang 6, 7 & 3 Australia Bob Jane Bob Jane Shell Racing Team
Porsche 911S 8 Australia Brian Foley Chesterfield Filter Racing
Ford Boss 302 Mustang 9 & 47 Canada Allan Moffat Team Coca-Cola AMR
Ford Mustang 10 & 11 Australia Chris Brauer C Brauer
Chevrolet Camaro SS 17 Australia Bryan Thompson
Holden LC Torana GTR 22 Australia Dick Johnson D Johnson
Ford Cortina Lotus Mk1 34 Australia Bill Fanning Ian Hindmarsh Motors
Morris Cooper S 99 Australia Phil Barnes Graham Collier
Morris Cooper Australia Mal Brewster
Morris Cooper S Australia Barrie Broomhall
Porsche 911S 5, 6 & 34 Australia Bill Brown Scuderia Veloce
Morris Cooper S Australia Bob Brown
Toyota Corolla Australia Ian Brown
Ford Mustang Australia Tony Calvert
Morris Cooper S Australia G.Finen
Morris Cooper S Australia John French
Alfa Romeo GTV 1750 Australia Doug Gardiner
Morris Cooper S Australia Paul Hudson
Morris Cooper S Australia John Humphrey
Morris Cooper S Australia Frank Hunt
Chevrolet Chevy II Nova 14 Australia John Kay Indianapolis Speed Shop
Morris Cooper Australia Robert Kent
Morris Cooper S Australia Jeff Leighton
Holden LC Torana 64 Australia John Lewis John Lewis
Ford Cortina Lotus 33 Australia Malcolm Nancarrow Shell Racing Team
Holden Monaro Australia Lawrie Nelson
Ford Falcon 2.8 [6] Australia Colin Noble
Ford Mustang Australia Robin Pare
Morris Cooper S Australia Rick Radford
Holden Monaro HT GTS350 Australia Bruce Rae
Morris Cooper Australia Jim Smith
Datsun 1600 Australia Barry Tapsall
Ford Cortina Australia Norm Watts
Morris Cooper S Australia Phil Webb
Ford Escort Twin Cam Mk.I Australia Garth Wigston

Race calendar[edit]

The 1970 ATCC was contested over seven heats.

Heat. Race Title Circuit Location / State Date Winner Team Report
1 Australia Calder Calder Raceway Melbourne, Victoria 22 Mar Allan Moffat Team Coca-Cola AMR
2 Australia Bathurst Mount Panorama Circuit Bathurst, New South Wales 30 Mar Norm Beechey Beechey Shell Racing Team
3 Australia Sandown Sandown Park Melbourne, Victoria 19 Apr Norm Beechey Beechey Shell Racing Team
4 Australia South Australian Touring Car Championship Mallala Mallala, South Australia 16 Jun Ian Geoghegan Geoghegan's Sporty Cars
5 Australia AJC Trophy Warwick Farm Raceway Sydney, New South Wales 12 Jul Jim McKeown McKeown Shell Racing Team
6 Australia Lakeside Lakeside International Raceway Brisbane, Queensland 26 Jul Norm Beechey Beechey Shell Racing Team
7 Australia Symmons Plains Symmons Plains Raceway Launceston, Tasmania 15 Nov Jim McKeown McKeown Shell Racing Team


Points were awarded 9-6-4-3-2-1 based on the top six race positions in each heat.

Pos Driver Ht 1 Ht 2 Ht 3 Ht 4 Ht 5 Ht 6 Ht 7 Pts
1 Norm Beechey Ret 1st 1st 2nd Ret 1st DNS 33
2 Jim McKeown 3rd 4th 1st 3rd 1st 29
3 Bob Jane 4th 3rd 4th 5th 2nd 2nd 3rd 28
4 Ian Geoghegan Ret 2nd 2nd 1st Ret Ret 21
5 Brian Foley 2nd 5th 5th 3rd Ret 14
6 Allan Moffat 1st Ret 3rd Ret Ret Ret Ret 13
7 Bill Brown 4th 3rd 4th 10
8 Bryan Thomson 2nd 6
9 Phil Barnes 4th 3
9 Robin Pare 4th 3
9 Chris Brauer 6th 5th 3
12 Bob Brown 5th 2
12 John French 5th 2
12 Tony Calvert 5th 2
12 Peter Manton 6th 6th 2
15 Bill Fanning 6th 1
15 Graham Ritter 6th 1
15 John Humphrey 6th 1
15 Dick Johnson 6th 1
Pos Driver Ht 1 Ht 2 Ht 3 Ht 4 Ht 5 Ht 6 Ht 7 Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate
Excluded (EX)


  1. ^ Conditions for National Titles, 1970 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, pages 78-81
  2. ^ Graham Howard & Stewart Wilson, The Australian Touring Car Championship, 30 Fabulous Years, 1990, pages 104-112
  3. ^ Australian Competition Yearbook, 1971, pages 64-87
  4. ^ Bathurst, The Cradle of Australian Motor Racing, page 419
  5. ^ Program, Mallala Races, 15 June 1970
  6. ^ Australian Competition Yearbook, 1971, page 84

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