1953 Australian Grand Prix

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Australia  1953 Australian Grand Prix
Race details
Formula Libre race
Circuit Albert Park.png
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)
Weather Sunny
Fastest lap
Driver Australia Stan Jones Maybach Special
Time 2'03
First Talbot-Lago
  • Australia Curley Brydon
MG Special
  • Australia Andy Brown
The 9th placed Wylie Javelin of Ken & Arthur Wylie, pictured in 2015
The 12th placed BWA of Alf Barrett and Julian Barrett, pictured in 2015

The 1953 Australian Grand Prix was a Formula Libre [1] 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 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.[2]

Pos No. Driver Car Laps Time
1 1 Australia Doug Whiteford Talbot-Lago T26C / Talbot-Lago 4.5L 64 2h 24m 50s
2 26 Australia Curley Brydon MG TC Special / MG s/c 1.3L 59
3 22 Australia Andy Brown MG K3 / MG 1.1L
4 23 Australia Les Murphy MG Q / MG 0.7L
5 30 Australia Lou Molina MM Special / Holden 2.3L
6 32 Australia Jim Leach Austin-Healey 100 / Austin-Healey 2.7L
7 7 Australia Frank Kleinig Kleinig-Hudson 8 Special / Hudson 4.4L
8 38 Australia Stuart Charge Austin-Healey 100 / Austin-Healey 2.7L
9 19 Australia Ken & Arthur Wylie Wylie Javelin / Jowett s/c 1.5L
10 16 Australia Reg Hunt Allard J2 / Cadillac 4.4L
11 33 Australia Bib Stillwell Austin-Healey 100 / Austin-Healey 2.7L
12 17 Australia Alf Barrett [3] &
Australia Julian Barrett [3]
BWA Special / Frazer Nash 1.5L
13 40 Australia Neil Charge MG TC Special / MG 1.3L
14 35 Australia Frank Lobb Jaguar XK120 / Jaguar 3.4L
15 9 Australia Ted McKinnon Maserati 6C / Maserati 1.5L
16 42 Australia John Nind MG TB Special / MG 1.3L
17 60 Australia Bill Patterson Cooper Mk.V / JAP 0.5L
18 31 Australia Syd Negus Plymouth Special / Plymouth 3.1L
Ret 2 Australia Stan Jones Maybach Special Mk.1 / Maybach 4.3L 56
Ret 34 Australia John Calvert Jaguar XK120 / Jaguar 3.4L
Ret 6 Australia Cec Warren Maserati 4CL / Maserati 1.5L 51
Ret Australia Wal Gillespie HRG Special
Ret Australia Haig Hurst Allard K2 / Ford 4.4L
Ret 25 Australia Phillip Catlin Bugatti T51A / Bugatti 1.5L
Ret 37 Australia Peter McKenna BMW 328 / BMW 2.0L
Ret 24 Australia Reg Nutt Talbot-Darracq / Talbot 1.5L 14
Ret 18 Australia Don McDonald Austin A40 Special / Austin 1.3L
Ret 12 Australia Arthur Chick Bugatti T37 / Bugatti 2.0L
Ret 3 Australia Lex Davison HWM F2 / Jaguar 3.4L 3
Ret 10 Australia W.H. Hayes Ford V8 Special / Ford 4.4L
Ret 11 Australia Ted Gray Alta / Ford 4.3L
Ret 16 Australia Bill Willcox Ford V8 Special / Ford 4.3L
Ret 20 Australia Jim Gullan MG K3 / MG 1.1L
Ret 27 Australia Phil Harrison Dodge Special / Dodge 4.0L
Ret 28 Australia Les O'Donaghue Ballot / Oldsmobile 3.9L
Ret 39 Australia Jack O'Dea MG Special / MG 1.3L
Ret Australia Ron Phillips Allard K2 / Ford 4.4L
Ret Australia Vin Maloney MG TC Special / MG 1.3L
Ret 65 Australia Silvio Massolla HRG Special / HRG 1.5L



  1. ^ Racing into history, A look back at the 1953 Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park, Australian Grand Prix Corporation, 2013, page 6
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ a b Alf Barrett: ‘The Maestro’: Alfa Romeo 8C2300 Monza, primotipo.com Retrieved 21 November 2015
Preceded by
1952 Australian Grand Prix
Australian Grand Prix
Succeeded by
1954 Australian Grand Prix