1928 Australian Grand Prix

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Australia  1928 Australian Grand Prix
Race details
Date 31 March 1928
Location Phillip Island, Victoria
Course Temporary road circuit
Course length 10.6 km (6.5 mi)
Distance 16 laps, 169 km (105 mi)
Weather Sunny
Podium
First Austin
Second Morris
Third Austin

The 1928 Australian Grand Prix was a motor race held on the Phillip Island road course, on Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia on 31 March 1928. Although now known as the first Australian Grand Prix, the race was actually staged as the 100 Miles Road Race and it did not assume the Australian Grand Prix title until some years later.[1] It was organised by the Victorian Light Car Club.[2]

The race was won by Arthur Waite driving an Austin 7. The winning car averaged 56.25 mph (90.50 km/h).[3]

Race summary[edit]

The race was originally to be held on Monday 26 March however rain forced postponement until Saturday 31 March.[3] It was open to "light" cars of up to 2 litre capacity [3] and it attracted 30 entries, of which 17 started.[4]

Competing cars were classified into classes according to cylinder capacity:[5]

  • Class A: Cars up to 750cc [5]
  • Class B: Cars over 750cc and up to 1100cc [5]
  • Class C: Cars over 1100cc and up to 1500cc [5]
  • Class D: Cars over 1500cc and up to 2000cc [5]

The event was conducted as two separate races, with the first held in the morning for Class B and D entries, and the second held in the afternoon, for Class A and C cars.[3] The competitor setting the fastest time was to receive a £100 trophy donated by Mr Charles Brown Kellow and would be regarded as "Champion of the Day".[6] Trophies were also to be awarded for first and second places in each class and all other competitors who finished within the 2½ hour time limit would receive a Club award.[6]

Race results[edit]

Arthur Waite won the race driving an Austin 7

Race One[edit]

Pos [7] [3] No. [7] [3] Class [7] [3] Driver [7] [3] Car [7] [3] Entrant [7] Laps [7] [3] Time [7] [3]
1 24 D John McCutcheon Morris Cowley JO McCutcheon 16 1h 50m 10s
2 25 D Cyril Dickason Austin 12 CR Dickason 16 1h 54m 02s
3 10 B Barney Dentry Sénéchal G Dentry 16 1h 55m 44s
4 26 D Bill Lowe Métallurgique WH Lowe 16 2h 05m 01s
5 8 B Bill Williamson Riley Nine Mrs JA Day 16 2h 17m 37s
6 7 B Les Pound DFP L Pound 16 2h 24m 29s
Ret 6 B W A "Ab" Terdich DFP WA Terdich 10 [8]
Ret 23 D Les Jennings Morris Cowley L Jennings 6 [8]

Race Two[edit]

Pos [7] [3] No. [7] [3] Class [7] [3] Driver [7] [3] Car [7] [3] Entrant [7] Laps [7] [3] Time [7] [3]
1 3 A Australia Arthur Waite Austin 7 s/c A Waite 16 1h 46m 40s
2 14 C Australia Arthur Terdich Bugatti Type 40 AJ Terdich 16 1h 54m 45s
3 15 C Jack Day Bugatti Type 37A JA Day 16 1h 56m 26s
4 5 A Clarrie May Austin 7 C May 16 2h 03m 24s
5 16 C J C Hutton Alvis 12/50 JC Hutton 16 2h 04m 21s
6 2 A Tom Davey Austin 7 TN Davey 16 2h 06m 19s
7 1 A Stan King Austin 7 SV King 16 2h 08m 35s
Ret 17 C Ron Gardner Alvis 12/50 RG Gardner 8 [9]
Ret 18 C Ed Houn Aston Martin JE Goodall 1 [8]

Overall classification[edit]

Pos [7] [3] No. [7] [3] Class [7] [3] Driver [7] [3] Car [7] [3] Entrant [7] Laps [7] [3] Time [7] [3]
1 3 A Australia Arthur Waite Austin 7 s/c A Waite 16 1h 46m 40s
2 24 D John McCutcheon Morris Cowley JO McCutcheon 16 1h 50m 10s
3 25 D Cyril Dickason Austin 12 CR Dickason 16 1h 54m 02s
4 14 C Australia Arthur Terdich Bugatti Type 40 AJ Terdich 16 1h 54m 45s
5 10 B Barney Dentry Sénéchal G Dentry 16 1h 55m 44s
6 15 C Jack Day Bugatti Type 37A JA Day 16 1h 56m 26s
7 5 A Clarrie May Austin 7 C May 16 2h 03m 24s
8 16 C J C Hutton Alvis 12/50 JC Hutton 16 2h 04m 21s
9 26 D Bill Lowe Métallurgique WH Lowe 16 2h 05m 01s
10 2 A Tom Davey Austin 7 TN Davey 16 2h 06m 19s
11 1 A Stan King Austin 7 SV King 16 2h 08m 35s
12 8 B Bill Williamson Riley Nine Mrs JA Day 16 2h 17m 37s
13 7 B Les Pound DFP L Pound 16 2h 24m 29s
Ret 6 B W A "Ab" Terdich DFP WA Terdich 10 [8]
Ret 17 C Ron Gardner Alvis 12/50 RG Gardner 8 [9]
Ret 23 D Les Jennings Morris Cowley L Jennings 6 [8]
Ret 18 C Ed Houn Aston Martin JE Goodall 1 [8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ John B Blanden, A History of Australian Grand Prix 1928–1939, Volume 1, 1981, page vii
  2. ^ John B Blanden, A History of Australian Grand Prix 1928–1939, Volume 1, 1981, page 3
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y Bell, Ray (1986). "1928". The official 50-race history of the Australian Grand Prix. R&T Publishing. pp. 14–24. ISBN 0-9588464-0-5. 
  4. ^ John B Blanden, A History of Australian Grand Prix 1928–1939, Volume 1, 1981, page 7
  5. ^ a b c d e Extracts from Rules, Official Programme, 100 Miles Road Race, Phillip Island, Monday, 26 March 1928
  6. ^ a b John B Blanden, A History of Australian Grand Prix 1928–1939, Volume 1, 1981, page 5
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x John B Blanden, A History of Australian Grand Prix 1928–1939, Volume 1, 1981
  8. ^ a b c d e f Cowes Motor Racing, The Age, Monday, 2 April 1928 , page 18, via nla.gov.au
  9. ^ a b John B Blanden, A History of Australian Grand Prix 1928–1939, Volume 1, 1981, page 23

External links[edit]

Preceded by
First Race Held
Australian Grand Prix
1928
Succeeded by
1929 Australian Grand Prix