1973 Phillip Island 500K

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The 1973 Phillip Island 500K was an endurance race for Group C Touring Cars,[1] staged at the Phillip Island circuit in Victoria, Australia on 25 November 1973.[2] Race distance was 106 laps of the 4.73 km circuit, a total distance of 501.38 km.[2] The race, which was the fifth and final round of the 1973 Australian Manufacturers' Championship,[2] was the third Phillip Island 500K.

Classes[edit]

Cars competed in four engine capacity classes.[2]

  • Class A: Up to 1300cc [2]
  • Class B: 1301 - 2000cc [2]
  • Class C: 2001 – 3000cc [2]
  • Class D: Over 3000cc [2]

Results[edit]

Position [2] Drivers [2] No. Car [2] [3] Entrant Laps [2]
1 [4] Peter Brock 1 [4] Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 [4] Holden Dealer Team [5] 106
2 Colin Bond 24 [4] Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 [4] Holden Dealer Team [5] 105
3 Barry Nixon-Smith 22 [6] Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 99
4 Gil Davis Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 Noel Edwards [5] 98
5 John Stoopman 30 [7] Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 Bayside Motors [5] 97
6 Ray Harrison 49 [8] Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV 96
7 Cam Richardson Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 94
8 Bill Evans 56 [2] Datsun 1200 Coupe 94
9 Roger Bonhomme 37 [2] Holden LC Torana GTR [9] 92
10 Kevin Kennedy Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 92
Class A : Up to 1300cc
1 Bill Evans 56 [2] Datsun 1200 Coupe 94
2 N Riley Honda Civic 91
3 John Lord 54 [10] Morris Cooper S 89
4 J Bundy Morris Cooper S 82
 ? Lakis Manticas 55 [11] Fiat 128 Coupe  ?
 ? Geoff Newton [12] 62 [12] Morris Cooper S [12]  ?
 ? Lynne De Luca [13] 59 [13] Mazda 1300 [13]  ?
DNF James Laing-Peach 57 [2] Datsun 1200 Coupe  ?
Class B : 1301 - 2000cc
1 Ray Harrison 49 [8] Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV 96
2 Mel Mollison 45 [14] Mazda RX-3 92
3 Raymond Harrison 50 [15] Mazda R100 Coupe 81
 ? Geoff Perry [16] 48 [16] Mazda RX-3 [16] 92
 ? Geoff Wade [17] 38 [17] Ford Escort Twin Cam [17]  ?
DNF Christine Cole, Sue Ransom 40 [18] Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV  ?
DNF Graham Ritter 44 [19] Ford Escort Twin Cam  ?
DNF Bob Holden 43 [20] Ford Escort Twin Cam  ?
Class C : 2001 - 3000cc
1 Roger Bonhomme 37 [2] Holden LC Torana GTR [9] 92
2 Garry Cooke Mazda RX-2 91
3 Tony Roberts 36 [21] Datsun 240K 90
Class D : Over 3000cc
1 Peter Brock 1 [4] Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 [4] Holden Dealer Team [5] 106
2 Colin Bond 24 [4] Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 [5] Holden Dealer Team [5] 105
3 Barry Nixon-Smith 22 [6] Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 99
4 Gil Davis Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 Noel Edwards [5] 98
5 John Stoopman 30 [7] Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 Bayside Motors [5] 97
6 Cam Richardson Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 94
7 Kevin Kennedy Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 92
8 Murray Carter 15 [22] Ford XA Falcon GT [23] 91
9 Graeme Blanchard Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 85
10 Brian Ovenden 31 [4] Chrysler VH Valiant Charger 78
 ? Robert Bride Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1  ?
 ? Rod McRae 12 [24] Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 [24]  ?
 ? Phil Brock Chrysler VH Valiant Charger  ?
DNF Fred Gibson 6 [4] Ford XA Falcon GT [23] Ford Motor Co of Australia 95 [5]
DNF Allan Moffat 9 [4] Ford XA Falcon GT [23] Ford Motor Co of Australia 89 [5]
DNF John Harvey Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1  ?
DNF Tony Niovanni Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1  ?
DNF Stuart Saker 27 [25] Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 [25]  ?
DNF John Goss 5 [26] Ford XA Falcon GT [23]  ?
DNF Lawrie Nelson Chrysler VH Valiant Charger 0 [2]

Note : As 47 cars were entered for this event,[2] it is likely that there were additional starters not shown in the above table.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Conditions for Australian Titles, 1973 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, page 95 – indicates that the 1973 Australian Manufacturers Championship was open to Group C Touring Cars
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Phillip Island 500k, Australian Competition Yearbook, 1974 Edition, pages 139 to 143
  3. ^ It has been assumed that all of the thirteen "XU-1" entries listed in the results published in Stewart Wilson's, The Official Racing History of Holden, 1988, page 337 were LJ series Torana GTR XU-1s
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Phillip Island Double, Modern Motor, February 1974, page 98 to 101
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k General Firth’s Man.Champ.Coup, Australian Motor Manual, February 1974, pages 64 & 65
  6. ^ a b Image of No 22 Holden LJ Torana of Barry Nixon Smith at Phillip Island on 25 November, www.autopics.com.au Retrieved on 12 November 2013
  7. ^ a b Image of No 30 Holden LJ Torana of John Stoopman at Phillip Island on 25 November, www.autopics.com.au Retrieved on 12 November 2013
  8. ^ a b Image of No 49 Alfa Romeo of Ray Harrison at Phillip Island on 25 November, www.autopics.com.au Retrieved on 12 November 2013
  9. ^ a b Image of No 37 Holden LC Torana GTR of Roger Bonhomme at Phillip Island on 25 November, www.autopics.com.au Retrieved on 12 November 2013
  10. ^ Image of No 54 Morris Cooper S of John Lord at Phillip Island on 25 November, www.autopics.com.au Retrieved on 12 November 2013
  11. ^ Image of No 55 Fiat 128 Coupe of Lakis Manticas at Phillip Island on 25 November, www.autopics.com.au Retrieved on 12 November 2013
  12. ^ a b c Image of No 62 Morris Cooper S of Geoff Newton at Phillip Island on 25 November, www.autopics.com.au Retrieved on 12 November 2013
  13. ^ a b c Image of No 59 Mazda 1300 of Lynne De Luca at Phillip Island on 25 November, www.autopics.com.au Retrieved on 12 November 2013
  14. ^ Image of No 45 Mazda RX-3 of Mel Mollison at Phillip Island on 25 November, www.autopics.com.au Retrieved on 12 November 2013
  15. ^ Image of No 50 Mazda R100 Coupe of Raymond Harrison at Phillip Island on 25 November, www.autopics.com.au Retrieved on 12 November 2013
  16. ^ a b c Image of the No 48 Mazda RX-3 of Geoff Perry at Phillip Island on 25 November, www.autopics.com.au Retrieved on 12 November 2013
  17. ^ a b c Image of the No 38 Ford Escort Twin Cam of Geoff Wade at Phillip Island on 25 November, www.autopics.com.au Retrieved on 12 November 2013
  18. ^ Image of No 40 Alfa Romeo of Christine Cole at Phillip Island on 25 November, www.autopics.com.au Retrieved on 12 November 2013
  19. ^ Image of No 44 Ford Escort of Graeme Ritter at Phillip Island on 25 November, www.autopics.com.au Retrieved on 12 November 2013
  20. ^ Image of No 43 Ford Escort of Bob Holden at Phillip Island on 25 November, www.autopics.com.au Retrieved on 12 November 2013
  21. ^ Image of No 36 Datsun 240K of Tony Roberts at Phillip Island on 25 November, www.autopics.com.au Retrieved on 12 November 2013
  22. ^ Image of No 15 Ford Falcon of Murray Carter at Phillip Island on 25 November, www.autopics.com.au Retrieved on 12 November 2013
  23. ^ a b c d Stewart Wilson & Max Stahl, The Australian Racing History of Ford, 1989, page 290
  24. ^ a b Image of No 12 Holden LJ Torana of Rod McRae at Phillip Island on 25 November, www.autopics.com.au Retrieved on 12 November 2013
  25. ^ a b Image of No 27 Holden LJ Torana of Stuart saker at Phillip Island on 25 November, www.autopics.com.au Retrieved on 12 November 2013
  26. ^ Image of No 5 Ford Falcon of John Goss at Phillip Island on 25 November, www.autopics.com.au Retrieved on 12 November 2013

Further reading[edit]

  • Toranas fill first five places, The Age, Monday, 26 November 1973, page 24