1970 Sandown Three Hour 250

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The 1970 Sandown Three Hour 250 was an Australian endurance motor race for Series Production Cars. The event was held on 13 September 1970 over 130 laps of the 1.9 mile Sandown Park circuit in Victoria, Australia, a total of 247 miles. There were 42 starters in the event.

Canadian race driver Allan Moffat won the first of his five Sandown endurance race victories. Moffat drove the factory-prepared Ford Falcon GT-HO race car to a one lap victory over Holden Dealer Team driver, Colin Bond (Holden Torana). Chrysler factory team driver Norm Beechey (Chrysler Valiant Pacer) finished in third position, three laps behind Bond.

This event, revived from a previous six hour format, debuted in 1968 and quickly became the recognized precursor event to the annual Bathurst 500 / 1000 race.

Results[edit]

Position [1] Drivers No. Car Entrant Laps
1 Allan Moffat 50 Ford XW Falcon GTHO Phase II Ford Motor Company 130
2 Colin Bond 20 Holden LC Torana GTR XU-1 Holden Dealer Team 129
3 Norm Beechey 41 Chrysler VG Valiant Pacer 4 Barrel Norm Beechey Shell Racing Team 126
4 Peter Brock 21 Holden LC Torana GTR XU-1 Holden Dealer Team 125
5 Doug Chivas
Graham Ryan
Chrysler VG Valiant Pacer 2 Barrel Geoghegan's Sport Cars 125
6 Fred Gibson
Barry Seton
52 Ford XW Falcon GTHO Phase II Ford Motor Company 124
7 Clem Smith Chrysler VG Valiant Pacer 4 Barrel Clem Smith 122
8 Ian Strachan Holden LC Torana GTR XU-1 IOC Australia 119
9 John Piper Ford Escort Twin Cam Bill Evans Developments 119
10 Bruce McPhee 51 Ford XW Falcon GTHO Phase II Ford Motor Company 119
Class A : Up To $1960
1 Clive Millis
Ken Hastings
4 Mazda 1300 111
2 Mel Mollison
Roger Withers
Mazda 1300 110
3 P Granger
K Mertz
Toyota Corolla 103
 ? Preece Ford Escort 1300 Rollington Ford
 ? Stanley Toyota Corolla
DNF Evans Toyota Corolla
DNF Perry Mazda 1300
DSQ Roxburgh Datsun 1200 Datsun Racing Team
DSQ Barry Tapsall
Punch
Datsun 1200 Datsun Racing Team
Class B : $1961 to $2400
1 Doug Whiteford
John Roxburgh
Datsun 1600 114
2 John Mooney Holden LC Torana 2600S 113
3 Bob Hudson
Ray Parker
Datsun 1600 109
DNF Chapple Ford Escort GT
DNF Murphy Mitsubishi Colt Galant Esquire
DNF Watson Renault 10S
Class C : $2401 to $3150
1 Colin Bond 20 Holden LC Torana GTR XU-1 Holden Dealer Team 129
2 Peter Brock 21 Holden LC Torana GTR XU-1 Holden Dealer Team 125
3 Doug Chivas
Graham Ryan
Chrysler VG Valiant Pacer 2 Barrel Geoghegan's Sporty Cars 125
4 Ian Strachan Holden LC Torana GTR XU-1 IOC Australia 119
5 John Piper Ford Escort Twin Cam Bill Evans Developments 119
 ? Christine Cole
Sandra Bennett
22 Holden LC Torana GTR XU-1 Holden Dealer Team
 ? Graeme Blanchard 25 Holden LC Torana GTR XU-1
 ? Jim Murcott 27 Ford Escort Twin Cam
 ? John Gates 29 Ford Escort Twin Cam
 ? John Walker Chrysler VG Valiant Pacer 2 Barrel
 ? Leo Geoghegan
Nick Ledingham
Chrysler VG Valiant Pacer 2 Barrel
DNF Bob Jane Holden LC Torana GTR XU-1
DNF David Yates Holden LC Torana GTR XU-1 Booran Motors
Class D : $3151 to $4100
1 Norm Beechey 41 Chrysler VG Valiant Pacer 4 Barrel Norm Beechey Shell Racing Team 126
2 Clem Smith Chrysler VG Valiant Pacer 4 Barrel Clem Smith 122
DNF Des West
P Brown
Chrysler VG Valiant Pacer 4 Barrel
Class E : Over $4100
1 Allan Moffat 50 Ford XW Falcon GTHO Phase II Ford Motor Company 130
2 Fred Gibson
Barry Seton
52 Ford XW Falcon GTHO Phase II Ford Motor Company 124
3 Bruce McPhee 51 Ford XW Falcon GTHO Phase II Ford Motor Company 119
 ? Pat Peck Ford XW Falcon GTHO Phase II
 ? Tony Roberts 60 Ford XW Falcon GTHO Phase II
DNF Bob Holden Ford XW Falcon GTHO Phase II
DNF Murray Carter Ford XW Falcon GTHO Phase II Rollington Ford 98
DNF Richard Knight
Graham Ritter
58 Ford XW Falcon GTHO Phase II Stillwell Ford
DNF Tom Roddy Ford XW Falcon GTHO Phase II
DSQ Garry Rush Ford XW Falcon GTHO Phase II Byrt Ford
  • Note : Of the 42 starters in the event, one has not been accounted for in the above table.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Competition Yearbook, 1971, pages 102-103

Further reading[edit]

  • Australian Motor Manual, November 1970, pages 58–59
  • Holden, The official racing history, 1988, page 332
  • Modern Motor, November 1970, page 100
  • Racing Car News, October 1970, pages 59–61
  • The Australian Racing History of Ford, 1989, page 285
  • The Melbourne Age, 14 September 1970
  • The Melbourne Age, 9 September 1970, page 36

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1969 Datsun Three Hour
Sandown 250
1970
Succeeded by
1971 Sandown 250