Murray Carter

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Murray Carter
Nationality Australia Australian
Born (1931-01-30) 30 January 1931 (age 83)
Melbourne, Victoria
Australian Touring Car Championship
Years active 1973-1990
Teams Murray Carter Racing
Starts 107
Best finish 2nd in 1975 Australian Touring Car Championship
Previous series
1963
1992-95
1996-99
2000-04
2007
2008-11
Australian GT Champ.
Australian Production Champ.
Australian GT Prod. Champ.
Nations Cup
Intermarque Challenge
Victorian Sports Car Champ.

Murray Carter (born 30 January 1931 in Melbourne[1]) is an Australian racing driver. For many years a stalwart of the Australian Touring Car Championship Carter has had one of the longest racing careers of any driver in Australian history, continuing to race into his 80s.

Racing history[edit]

One of a generation of racing drivers that appeared in the 1950s as tyres and fuel, rationed for most of that decade in the post-war economic climate, became more widely available. After racing motorcycles and a Jaguar XK120, Carter built an open wheeler which was powered by a Chevrolet Corvette V8 engine, the car making its first appearance in 1959.[2] The following year the car was rebuilt as a sports car[2] and subsequently as a "GT" car, becoming part of the brief history of Appendix K, a uniquely Australian category for closed cars with no required production origins. Carter finished runner up in the 1963 Australian GT Championship behind Bob Jane.[3] He also embraced production car racing when it emerged in 1960 and raced at the first Armstrong 500, later to become famous as the Bathurst 1000, and won his class driving a Ford Customline.

Touring Cars[edit]

Carter emerged as a regular in the Australian Touring Car Championship in 1973. Driving Ford Falcons Carter was one of the leading privateer drivers during the 70s and into the early 80s. Famously Carter lent his Falcon to works driver Allan Moffat at the Adelaide International Raceway round of the 1973 Australian Touring Car Championship after Moffat's race car was stolen by joyriders.[4] Carter was a benficiary of the work being done by Moffat and the Ford works team, getting new developments quickly, keeping him at the forefront of Ford racers through the 70s. A career highlight came in 1975 when Carter benefitted from a season where many front running drivers and teams had fraught campaigns and finished runner up to Colin Bond in the 1975 Australian Touring Car Championship.[5] The other major result of this period was a third placing at the 1978 Bathurst 1000 with New Zealand open-wheel ace Graeme Lawrence as co-driver.[6]

Into the 1980s Carter was left behind by Ford when it withdrew from racing leaving Carter, briefly (until the rise of Dick Johnson), as Australia's leading Ford touring car driver. By 1983 Carter was becoming increasingly frustrated with developing Falcons and having little reward and switched to a cheaper-to-run Mazda RX-7. Little result came of this and Carter briefly stepped away from racing following the demise of the Group C Touring Car category at the end of 1984.

In 1986 Carter returned with a Nissan Skyline DR30 RS, before returning to Ford with a Sierra RS500 in 1988. During his Australian Touring Car Championship career Carter set a record for the most top three finishes without taking a win, a record which still stands today.

Production Cars[edit]

By 1991 Carter had switched to production car racing, initially with a Nissan Pintara in the Australian Production Car Championship. He later raced a Nissan Pulsar and then a Mazda 626 in this series, with a highlight of finishing runner up to Phil Morriss in the 1994 Australian Production Car Championship. In 1997 Carter began racing a Nissan 200SX Turbo in the Australian GT Production Car Championship. In 1999 a Chevrolet Corvette C5 followed and Carter transitioned with it into the new Australian Nations Cup Championship in 2000. Carter raced only occasionally into the 2000s, driving his Corvette in state level racing as late as 2008. In 2011 Carter still races the Corvette occasionally at Victorian championship level as he approaches 80 years of age.

Career results[edit]

Season Series Position Car Team
1959 Australian Drivers' Championship 15th Corvette Special
1963 Australian GT Championship 2nd Corvette Special
1973 Australian Touring Car Championship 7th Ford XY Falcon GTHO Phase III Shell Racing
1974 Australian Touring Car Championship 5th Ford XB Falcon GT Shell Racing
1975 Australian Touring Car Championship 2nd Ford XB Falcon GT Shell Racing
1976 Australian Touring Car Championship 7th Ford XB Falcon GT Shell Racing
1977 Australian Touring Car Championship 14th Ford XB Falcon GT Brian Wood Ford
1978 Australian Touring Car Championship 21st Ford XC Falcon Hardtop Brian Wood Ford
1979 Australian Touring Car Championship 33rd Ford XC Falcon Hardtop Brian Wood Ford
1980 Australian Touring Car Championship 4th Ford XD Falcon
1981 Australian Touring Car Championship 5th Ford XD Falcon
1982 Australian Touring Car Championship 12th Ford XD Falcon
1983 Australian Touring Car Championship 10th Ford XE Falcon
1984 Australian Touring Car Championship 8th Mazda RX-7
1986 Australian Touring Car Championship 15th Nissan Skyline DR30
1987 Australian Touring Car Championship 13th Nissan Skyline DR30
1988 Australian Touring Car Championship 11th Nissan Skyline DR30
1992 Australian Production Car Championship 8th Nissan Pulsar SSS
1993 Australian Production Car Championship 4th Nissan Pulsar SSS
1994 Australian Production Car Championship 2nd Nissan Pulsar SSS Murray Carter
1995 Australian Production Car Championship 3rd Mazda 626
1996 Australian GT Production Car Championship 8th Mazda 626
1997 Australian GT Production Car Championship 18th Nissan 200SX Turbo
1998 Australian GT Production Car Championship 13th Nissan 200SX Turbo
1999 Australian GT Production Car Championship 17th Chevrolet Corvette C5
2004 Australian Nations Cup Championship: Trophy Class 15th Chevrolet Corvette C5

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tuckey, Bill, ed. (1987/88). The Great Race (Hornsby: The Berghouse Floyd Tuckey Publishing Group) 7: 275. ISSN 1031-6124. 
  2. ^ a b John B Blanden, Historic Racing Cars in Australia, 1979, page 84.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Howard, Graham; Wilson, Stewart (1986). "1973: The new era: Moffat". Australian Touring Car Championship: 25 fabulous years. Gordon: R&T Publishing. p. 145. ISBN 0-9590378-2-9. 
  5. ^ Howard, Graham; Wilson, Stewart (1986). "1975: The Holden V8 Emerges". Australian Touring Car Championship: 25 fabulous years. Gordon: R&T Publishing. pp. 158–166. ISBN 0-9590378-2-9. 
  6. ^ Greenhalgh, David; Thomas B. Floyd, Bill Tuckey (2000). Australia's Greatest Motor Race 1960-1999. Chevron Publishing Group. pp. 234–241 & 466. ISBN 1-875221-12-3.