George Reynolds (racing driver)

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This is about the Australlian racing driver. For similar names see the disambiguation page George Reynolds

George Reynolds (8 May 1928 – March 2012) was an Australian racing driver.[1]

The career of Reynolds, who was born on 8 May 1928,[2] extended from the late 1950s into the late 1960s. Known primarily as a touring car and sports car driver, Reynolds won Class D of the 1962 Armstrong 500 at Phillip Island, sharing a Volkswagen with Jim McKeown.

However, Reynolds is best known as outright winner (although outright winners were not technically acknowledged at the time) of the Armstrong 500, now held at Bathurst, in 1964.[3] With three time winning partners Bob Jane and Harry Firth split amongst the entries of the factory supported Ford touring car team both Jane and Firth needed co-drivers for the 500 mile classic. Reynolds was paired with Jane and assisted Jane to his fourth consecutive Bathurst victory.[4]

Reynolds was later one of a group of drivers who raced for David McKay's Scuderia Veloce team.[5] He continued to race at the front rank of Australian drivers into the late 60s, taking a top ten finish at the 1968 Surfers Paradise 6 Hour driving a Ferrari with Phil West as well as a top five finish at the 1968 Hardie-Ferodo 500 co-driving a Holden Dealer Racing Team Holden Monaro with Brian Muir,[6] both times in entries fielded by Scuderia Veloce.

Reynolds died in March 2012.[1][7]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bob Jane
Harry Firth
Winner of the Bathurst 500
1964
(with Bob Jane)
Succeeded by
Barry Seton
Midge Bosworth

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "RallySport Magazine - Vale: George Reynolds". Rallysportmag.com.au. 2012-03-14. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  2. ^ Telephone conversation with Reynolds on 1 March 1988
  3. ^ "Bathurst 1964: Armstrong 500". 
  4. ^ Greenhalgh, David; Thomas B. Floyd; Bill Tuckey (2000). "1964 Here come the works team". Australia's Greatest Motor Race 1960-1999 The first 40 years. Hornsby: Chevron Publishing Group Pty Limited. pp. 122–129 & 452. ISBN 1-875221-12-3. 
  5. ^ Courier Mail, Monday, 1 September 1968
  6. ^ Greenhalgh, David; Thomas B. Floyd; Bill Tuckey (2000). Australia's Greatest Motor Race 1960-1999. Chevron Publishing Group. pp. 154–161 & 456. ISBN 1-875221-12-3. 
  7. ^ West, Luke (July–August 2012). "AMC salutes Ford legends". In West, Luke. Australian Muscle Car (St. Leonards, New South Wales: Chevron Publishing Group) (62): 3. ISSN 1446-5647.