1954 Australian Grand Prix

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Australia  1954 Australian Grand Prix
Race details
Formula Libre race
Date 7 November 1954
Location Southport Road Circuit,
Southport, Queensland
Course Temporary road circuit
Course length 9.17 km (5.7 mi)
Distance 27 laps, 247.6 km (153.9 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
  • Rex Taylor
Fastest lap
Driver Australia Dick Cobden Ferrari
Time 3'52
First HWM-Jaguar
  • Australia Curley Brydon
MG Special
  • Australia Ken Richardson
Ford Special

The 1954 Australian Grand Prix was a motor race held at the Southport Road Circuit [1] near Southport in Queensland, Australia on 7 November 1954. The race was held over 27 laps of the nine mile (9.7 kilometre) circuit, a total distance of 153.9 miles (247.6 km).[2] It was the nineteenth Australian Grand Prix and the second to be held in Queensland. With no suitable permanent circuit available, a course was mapped out on roads in sparsely settled coastal land 2.5 km south west of Southport,[2] and just to the north of later circuits, Surfers Paradise Raceway and the Surfers Paradise Street Circuit. The Grand Prix race meeting was organised by the Queensland Motor Sporting Club and the Toowoomba Auto Club in conjunction with the Southport Rotary Club.[3] The race, which was open to Racing and Stripped Sports Cars,[1] had 28 starters.

The race was won by Lex Davison, later to become the most successful driver in the history of the Australian Grand Prix. It was Davison's first win in the Grand Prix having finished in the top three as far back as 1947. Davison drove a Formula 2 HWM re-engined with a 3.4 litre Jaguar engine. Davison finished a lap clear of Curley Brydon's MG TC special and two laps ahead of third placed Ken Richardson in a Ford based special. The gaps were caused by attrition amongst the fastest drivers. Jack Brabham was out on the second lap with a broken engine in his Cooper; Rex Taylor was black flagged for receiving outside assistance after spinning his Lago-Talbot; Dick Cobden retired his Ferrari after a spin and Stan Jones crashed heavily while leading after his chassis failed. It would be the last race for the Mk.II Maybach special, Charlie Dean's enthusiastic team rebuilding it as the Maybach III.


Lex Davison (HWM Jaguar) contesting the 1954 Australian Grand Prix

Results as follows.[2]

Pos No. Driver Car Entrant [4] Laps Time
1 77 Australia Lex Davison HWM F2 / Jaguar 3.4L AN Davison 27 1h 50m 18s
2 43 Australia Curley Brydon MG TC Special / MG s/c 1.3L H Brydon 26
3 9 Australia Ken Richardson Ford V8 Special / Ford 3.9L KB Richardson 25
4 8 Australia Eldred Norman Triumph TR2 / Standard s/c 2.0L 24
5 31 Australia David Griffiths Triumph TR2 / Standard 2.0L 24
6 29 Australia Frank Tobin Rizzo Riley Special / Riley 1.5L 23
7 4 Australia Charlie Whatmore Jaguar Special / Jaguar 3.4L Chas Whatmore 23
8 46 Australia Stan Coffey Cooper T20 / Bristol 2.0L [5] SF Coffey 23
9 10 Australia Owen Bailey MG Holden Special / Holden 2.4L O Bailey 23
10 2 Australia Charlie Swinburne Cooper Mk.IV / Norton 0.5L 23
11 21 Australia Bill Pitt Jaguar XK120 Special / Jaguar 3.4L 22
12 1 New Zealand Fred Zambucka Maserati 8CM / Maserati 3.0L F Zambucka 22
Ret 16 Australia Snow Sefton Ford V8 Special / Ford 4.2L [6] Snow Sefton 21
Ret 14 Australia Noel Barnes MG TC Special / MG 1.3L 19
Ret 92 Australia Doug Whiteford Ford V8 Special / Ford 4.4L D Whiteford 17
Ret 79 Australia Arthur Griffiths Wylie Javelin / Jowett s/c 1.5L A Griffiths 15
Ret 87 Australia Stan Jones Maybach Special Mk.II / Maybach 4.3L SJ Jones 13
Ret 15 Australia John McKinney MG TC Special / MG 1.3L H Brydon 11
Ret 74 Australia Ian Mountain Peugeot Special / Peugeot 1.5L I Mountain 11
Ret 49 Australia Dick Cobden Ferrari 125 / Ferrari s/c 2.0L R Cobden 10
Ret 3 Australia Wal Anderson Holden Special / Holden 2.3L 9
Ret 56 Australia Jack Murray Allard J2 / Cadillac 5.3L [7] JE Murray 8
Ret 23 Australia Gerald Downing Riley Imp Special / Riley 8
Ret 78 Australia Rex Taylor Talbot-Lago T26C / Talbot-Lago 4.5L R Taylor 6
Ret 37 Australia Holt Brinnie MG TD Special / MG 1.4L Martin Motors 6
Ret 20 Australia Gordon Grieg Austin-Healey 100 / Austin-Healey 2.7L 4
Ret 86 Australia Bill Wilcox Ford V8 Special / Ford 4.0L W Wilcox 3
Ret 6 Australia Jack Brabham Cooper T23 / Bristol 2.0L [8] Jack Brabham 1
  • Pole position: Rex Taylor [4] (Allocated by the race organisers prior to the event) [2]
  • Winner's average speed: 83.7 mph (134.7 km/h) [2]
  • Fastest lap: Dick Cobden (Ferrari), 3:52s, 88.45 mph, 142.3 kph [2]
  • Attendance: More than 60,000 [9]


  1. ^ a b Australian Motor Sports, October 1954, page 11 Retrieved via i929.photobucket.com on 17 March 2015
  2. ^ a b c d e f Howard, Graham (1986). "1954". In Howard, Graham. The Official 50-race history of the Australian Grand Prix. Gordon, NSW: R & T Publishing. pp. 192–204. ISBN 0-9588464-0-5. 
  3. ^ Official Souvenir Programme, 19th Australian Grand Prix, Southport Road Circuit, Queensland, 7th November 1954, front cover
  4. ^ a b Official Souvenir Programme, 19th Australian Grand Prix, Southport Road Circuit, Queensland, 7th November 1954, pages 32 & 33
  5. ^ Coffey's car is listed in the Official Souvenir Programme as a Dowidat Spanner Special
  6. ^ Sefton's car is listed in the Official Souvenir Programme as a Mercury Special
  7. ^ Murray's car is listed in the Official Souvenir Programme as a Cadillac Allard
  8. ^ Brabham's car is listed in the Official Souvenir Programme as a Redex Special
  9. ^ 60,000 at Southport motor race, The Courier Mail, Monday, November 8, 1954, as archived at trove.nla.gov.au

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Preceded by
1953 Australian Grand Prix
Australian Grand Prix
Succeeded by
1955 Australian Grand Prix

Coordinates: 27°58′02″S 153°24′51″E / 27.9673°S 153.4141°E / -27.9673; 153.4141