1953 Australian Grand Prix
|1953 Australian Grand Prix|
|Formula Libre race|
|Date||21 November 1953|
|Location||Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria|
|Course||Temporary street circuit|
|Course length||5.03 km (3.125 mi)|
|Distance||64 laps, 321.92 km (250 mi)|
|Driver||Stan Jones||Maybach Special|
The 1953 Australian Grand Prix was a Formula Libre  motor race held at Albert Park Street Circuit, Victoria on 21 November 1953. The race, which had 40 starters, was held over 64 laps of the five kilometre circuit for a total of 322 kilometres. It was organised by the Light Car Club of Australia and Army Southern Command.
It was the eighteenth Australian Grand Prix. While much of the Grand Prix's history to this point had taken place on public road or street circuits, this was the first time it had been held on a circuit in a major population centre. The circuit was laid out on public roads surrounding the Albert Park Lake in inner Melbourne.
The race was won by Doug Whiteford, his third and final Australian Grand Prix victory, equalling the feat achieved by Bill Thompson in the 1930s. It was also the largest margin of victory in the race's history, Whiteford winning by five laps for a margin of 25 kilometres.
Results as follows.
|Pos||No.||Driver||Car / Engine||Entrant ||Laps||Time|
|1||1||Doug Whiteford||Talbot-Lago T26C / Talbot-Lago 4.5L||D Whiteford||64||2h 24m 50s|
|2||26||Curley Brydon||MG TC Special / MG s/c 1.3L||H Brydon||59|
|3||22||Andy Brown||MG K3 / MG 1.1L||AG Brown|
|4||23||Les Murphy||MG Q / MG 0.7L||LP Murphy|
|5||30||Lou Molina||MM Special / Holden 2.3L||L Molina|
|6||32||Jim Leach||Austin-Healey 100 / Austin-Healey 2.7L||CR Dickason|
|7||7||Frank Kleinig||Kleinig-Hudson 8 Special / Hudson 4.4L||F Kleinig|
|8||38||Stuart Charge||Austin-Healey 100 / Austin-Healey 2.7L||LJ Gray|
|9||19|| Ken Wylie
|Wylie Javelin / Jowett s/c 1.5L||AJ Wylie|
|10||16||Reg Hunt||Allard J2 / Cadillac 4.4L||RH Hunt|
|11||33||Bib Stillwell||Austin-Healey 100 / Austin-Healey 2.7L||BS Stillwell|
|12||17|| Alf Barrett 
Julian Barrett 
|BWA Special / Frazer Nash 1.5L||J Barrett|
|13||40||Neil Charge||MG TC Special / MG 1.3L||N and S Charge|
|14||35||Frank Lobb||Jaguar XK120 / Jaguar 3.4L||F Lobb|
|15||9||Ted McKinnon||Maserati 6C / Maserati 1.5L||ED McKinnon|
|16||42||John Nind||MG TB Special / MG 1.3L||JP Nind|
|17||60||Bill Patterson||Cooper Mk.V / JAP 0.5L|
|18||31||Syd Negus||Plymouth Special / Plymouth 3.1L||SA Negus|
|Ret||2||Stan Jones||Maybach Special Mk.1 / Maybach 4.3L||Ecurie Australie||56|
|Ret||34||John Calvert||Jaguar XK120 / Jaguar 3.4L||J Calvert|
|Ret||6|| Peter Vennermark
Cec Warren 
|Maserati 4CL / Maserati 1.5L||C Warren||51|
|Ret||65|| Harry Thompson
Wal Gillespie 
|Ret||Haig Hurst||Allard K2 / Ford 4.4L|
|Ret||25||Phillip Catlin||Bugatti T51A / Bugatti 1.5L||PC Catlin|
|Ret||37||Peter McKenna||BMW 328 / BMW 2.0L||P McKenna|
|Ret||24||Reg Nutt||Talbot-Darracq / Talbot 1.5L||RJ Nutt||14|
|Ret||18||Don McDonald||Austin A40 Special / Austin 1.3L||Weir and Male Motors|
|Ret||12||Arthur Chick||Bugatti T37 / Bugatti 2.0L||AE Chick|
|Ret||3||Lex Davison||HWM F2 / Jaguar 3.4L||Ecurie Australie||3|
|Ret||10||W.H. Hayes||Ford V8 Special / Ford 4.4L||WH Hayes|
|Ret||11||Ted Gray||Alta / Ford 4.3L||E Gray|
|Ret||15||Bill Wilcox||Ford V8 Special / Ford 4.3L||W Wilcox|
|Ret||20||Jim Gullan||MG K3 / MG 1.1L||J Gullan|
|Ret||27||Phil Harrison||Dodge Special / Dodge 4.0L||PG Harrison|
|Ret||28||Les O'Donaghue||Ballot / Oldsmobile 3.9L||LF O'Donoghue|
|Ret||39||Jack O'Dea||MG Special / MG 1.3L||JH O'Dea|
|Ret ||45||Gordon Greig||Cooper Mk.IV / JAP|
|Ret||Ron Phillips||Allard K2 / Ford 4.4L|
|Ret||Vin Maloney||MG TC Special / MG 1.3L|
|Ret||64||Silvio Massolla||HRG Special / HRG 1.5L|
|DNS ||5||Jack Brabham||Cooper / Bristol 2.0L||JA Brabham|
- Racing into history, A look back at the 1953 Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park, Australian Grand Prix Corporation, 2013, page 6
- Official Souvenir Programme, XVIIIth Australian Grand Prix
- Howard, Graham (1986). "1953". In Howard, Graham. The Official 50-race history of the Australian Grand Prix. Gordon, NSW: R & T Publishing. pp. 182–191. ISBN 0-9588464-0-5.
- Alf Barrett: ‘The Maestro’: Alfa Romeo 8C2300 Monza, primotipo.com Retrieved 21 November 2015
- The Official 50-race history of the Australian Grand Prix page 189 states that Peter Vennermark drove Warren's car at the start and page 190 states that Vennermark handed over to Warren during the race.
- The Official 50-race history of the Australian Grand Prix page 189 states that Thompson and Gillespie both drove car 65.
- Gordon Greig is listed as a DNS in the Entry List on page 191 of in The Official 50-race history of the Australian Grand Prix, but is also listed under Retirements on the same page. The caption for the image on page 185 of the same book implies that Greig competed in the race.
- Brabham is mentioned as a non-starter (due to mechanical problems in practice) on page 186 of The Official 50-race history of the Australian Grand Prix.
- Official Programme, Sandown, 9 February 1964, page 23
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