1960 Armstrong 500
|1960 Armstrong 500|
The 1960 Armstrong 500 was an endurance motor race for Australian made or assembled standard production sedans. The event was held at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in Victoria on 20 November 1960 over a distance of 167 laps x 3.0 miles = 501 miles.
This was the first event held in the history of the race later to become known as the Bathurst 1000, the race that would come to dominate Australian motor racing.
Jim Thompson, managing director of shock absorber manufacturer Armstrong York Engineering, was encouraged by his PR man Ron Thonemann to increase its business with major carmakers (particularly Ford and Holden) by sponsoring a race.
Officially only class placings were awarded. In later years as the fame of the Bathurst 1000 grew, outright placings, particularly the outright winner, became more widely recognised. John Roxburgh and Frank Coad have been widely acclaimed as the outright winners of the event, and have been recognised in CAMS motorsport manual in more recent times. This has been the source of some controversy as claims the winners of class C, Geoff Russell, David Anderson and Tony Loxton covered the race distance in a faster time. The source of the discrepancy arises from the starting procedure which saw the classes released at thirty second intervals, with the Class D Roxburgh/Coad Vauxhall starting the race thirty seconds before the Class C Russell/Anderson/Loxton Peugeot. With surviving records not sufficiently accurate to say whether the Peugeot was closer than thirty seconds behind the Vauxhall at the finish, the issue has petered out over time.
Class E was for cars with an engine capacity over 3500cc. There was only one entry in the class, a Ford Customline.
Class results were as follows:
|1||1||Continental & General Distributors||Doug Whiteford
|2||2||Continental & General Distributors||Bruce Walton
|3||3||Continental & General Distributors||Hoot Gibson
|6||6||Finlay Motors||Kevin Lott
|7||16||Torino Motors||Brian Pyers
|8||5||Finlay Motors||Graham Levingston
|9||7||Finlay Motors||R Slaney
|DNF||6||Finlay Motors||Tony Thieler
|1||24||Melody Motors||Murray Galt
|2||23||Eiffel Tower||Jack Nougher
|3||22||B.J. Autos||Bob Brown
|4||27||Australian Motor Industries||Jack Maurer
|DNF||26||Australian Motor Industries||Graham Hoinville
|1||34||Continental & General Distributors||Geoff Russell
|4||35||Continental & General Distributors||Bob Holden
|7||45||Rootes Australia||Harry Firth
|8||36||Continental & General Distributors||Ron Lilley
|DNF||44||Rootes Australia||Bill Clemens
|1||37||S. A. Cheney||John Roxburgh
|2||28||Australian Motor Industries||Norm Beechey
|Ford XK Falcon||161|
|DNF||46||Rootes Australia||Bill Graetz
|Humber Super Snipe|
|Ford XK Falcon|
|1||32||Sabina Motors||Ray Gibbs
- Fastest Lap - #47 Youl/Youl - 2:41 - Laps 15, 45 & 62 
- Race Time - 8:20:45
- Armstrong 500 20 November, 1960 - www.nmrm.com.au via web.archive.org Retrieved on 23 October 2013
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- Australian Motor Sport, Dec 1960 - Jan 1961
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- The Book Of Australian Motor Racing, © 1964
- Greenhalgh, David; Thomas B. Floyd; Bill Tuckey (2000). "1960 It seemed like a good idea at the time...". Australia's Greatest Motor Race 1960-1999 The first 40 years. Hornsby: Chevron Publishing Group Pty Limited. pp. 96–101 & 451. ISBN 1-875221-12-3.