1964 Tasman Series

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1964 Tasman Series
Champion
New Zealand Bruce McLaren
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The 1964 Tasman Series was an international motor racing series contested in New Zealand and Australia over eight races beginning on 4 January and ending on 2 March. It was the first Tasman Series. The series, which was officially known as the Tasman Championship for Drivers, was organised jointly by the Association of New Zealand Car Clubs Inc. and the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport with the winning driver awarded the Tasman Cup.[1] The championship was open to cars using unsupercharged engines of under 2½ litre capacity.[1]

The inaugural series was a battle of the British-based expatriates with a two-car team led by Australian Jack Brabham and a two-car team of Coopers from Bruce McLaren Motor Racing, led by the New Zealander Bruce McLaren. Although Denny Hulme won the opening round of the series, McLaren took a trifecta of wins in New Zealand setting up the title win. When the teams moved to Australia, Brabham won the first three races, ensuring a thrilling finish, however Brabham was unable to better his score and therefore McLaren emerged as champion. The last round of the series at Longford was won by the Englishman, Graham Hill, securing a top six points finish in the final standing as a result. Brabham lead the final race until the last laps before his car suffered a transmission failure.[2]

The most successful of the local-based drivers was John Youl. Although the Cooper T55 he was driving was three-years old, he took the aging car to six top five finishes. Australian Bib Stillwell only completed in three races, twice beating Youl, including a second place in the Australian Grand Prix. Another competitive local was Frank Matich in his Repco Brabham BT7A, taking pole at Warwick Farm. Whilst leading, his suspension broke and was forced to retire. With a further four retirements, Matich only finished one race he entered, gaining a third place at Longford.[2]


Results and standings[edit]

Races[edit]

Jack Brabham won three of the eight races driving a Repco Brabham BT7A, similar to that pictured above
Round Name Circuit Date Winning driver Winning car Winning team Report
New
Zealand
1 Levin International Levin 4 January New Zealand Denny Hulme Repco Brabham BT4 Coventry Climax Motor Racing Developments Report
2 New Zealand Grand Prix Pukekohe 11 January New Zealand Bruce McLaren Cooper T70 Coventry Climax Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Report
3 Lady Wigram Trophy Wigram 18 January New Zealand Bruce McLaren Cooper T70 Coventry Climax Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Report
4 Teretonga International Teretonga 25 January New Zealand Bruce McLaren Cooper T70 Coventry Climax Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Report
Australia 5 Australian Grand Prix Sandown 9 February Australia Jack Brabham Repco Brabham BT7A Coventry Climax Ecurie Vitesse Report
6 Warwick Farm International Warwick Farm 16 February Australia Jack Brabham Repco Brabham BT7A Coventry Climax Ecurie Vitesse Report
7 Lakeside International Lakeside 23 February Australia Jack Brabham Repco Brabham BT7A Coventry Climax Ecurie Vitesse Report
8 South Pacific Trophy Longford 2 March United Kingdom Graham Hill Repco Brabham BT4 Coventry Climax Scuderia Veloce Report
Source: [2]

Points system[edit]

Championship points were awarded at each race on the following basis:

Position [1] 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Points [1] 9 6 4 3 2 1

Each driver could retain points from three races in each country but had to include the Grand Prix races at Pukekohe and Sandown Park.[3]

Standings[edit]

Pos [3] [4] Driver [3] [4] Car [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] Entrant [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] Lev Puk Wig Ter San War Lak Lon Pts [3]
1 New Zealand Bruce McLaren Cooper T70 Coventry Climax Bruce McLaren Motor Racing (3) 1 1 1 Ret 2 (3) 2 39 (47)
2 Australia Jack Brabham Repco Brabham BT7A Coventry Climax Motor Racing Developments
Ecurie Vitesse
Ret 2 1 1 1 Ret 33
3 New Zealand Denny Hulme Repco Brabham BT4 Coventry Climax Motor Racing Developments
Ecurie Vitesse
1 2 3 Ret 5 5 9 23
4 United States Timmy Mayer Cooper T70 Coventry Climax Bruce McLaren Motor Racing 2 3 8 2 4 3 Ret DNS 23
5 Australia John Youl Cooper T55 Coventry Climax John Youl 4 4 4 DNS 3 Ret 2 5 21
6 United Kingdom Graham Hill Repco Brabham BT4 Coventry Climax Scuderia Veloce 4 1 12
7 Australia Bib Stillwell Repco Brabham BT4 Coventry Climax BS Stillwell 2 6 4 10
8 New Zealand Jim Palmer Cooper T53 Coventry Climax Jim Palmer (6) 5 5 3 6 10 8 9 (10)
9 New Zealand Tony Shelly Lotus 18/21 Coventry Climax
Lola Mk4A Coventry Climax
Shelley Motors Ltd
AL Shelley
5 6 (6) 4 8 7 5 7 8 (9)
10 Australia Frank Matich Repco Brabham BT7A Coventry Climax Total Team Ret Ret Ret Ret 3 4
11 Australia Frank Gardner Repco Brabham BT6 Ford Alec Mildren Racing Pty Ltd 10 13 4 9 3
12 New Zealand Bill Thomasen Cooper T53 Coventry Climax Corsair Racing Team Ret DNS 5 2
13 New Zealand Roly Levis Lotus 22 Ford RA Levis 7 9 10 6 1
Australia Lex Davison Cooper T62 Coventry Climax Ecurie Australie Ret 8 6 1
Australia Glynn Scott Lotus 27 Ford Glyn Scott Motors Ret Ret 6 1
New Zealand Rex Flowers Lotus 20B Ford Flowers Transport 8 12 7 Ret 12 8 0
New Zealand Andy Buchanan Brabham BT6 Ford Wilson Motors Ltd 10 7 9 0
Australia Greg Cusack Repco Brabham BT6 Ford Scuderia Veloce 11 7 10 0
Australia Arnold Glass Lotus 27 Ford Capitol Motors 7 Ret Ret Ret 0
New Zealand Jim Boyd Valour Ford JA Malcolm Ret 7 0
New Zealand Ken Sager Lotus 20 Ford JH Sager 11 11 8 0
New Zealand David Young Cooper T59 Ford David Young 8 Ret 0
New Zealand Neil Whittaker Cooper T43 Coventry Climax 9 0
Australia David Walker Repco Brabham BT2 Ford David Walker 9 Ret Ret Ret 0
Australia Leo Geoghegan Lotus 27 Ford Total Team Ret 9 0
New Zealand Dene Hollier Cooper T52 Ford Dene Hollyer Limited 10 0
New Zealand Peter Slocombe Lotus 18 Ford 11 0
Australia Jack Hobden Cooper T51 Coventry Climax Louis Hobden 11 0
Australia Mel McEwin Elfin Ford Mel McEwin Ret 12 0
New Zealand Chris Amon Lola Mk4A Coventry Climax Reg Parnell Racing Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
Australia Charlie Smith Elfin Ford CG Smith Ret Ret 0
Australia Jack Hunnam Elfin Mono Ford Jack Hunnan Motors Ret Ret 0
Australia Bill Patterson Cooper T53 Coventry Climax Bill Patterson Motors Ret Ret 0
Australia Tony Osborne Cooper T53 Coventry Climax AJR Osborne Ret Ret 0
New Zealand Bruce Abernethy Cooper T41 Coventry Climax Ret 0
Australia Doug Whiteford Cooper T53 Coventry Climax Bill Patterson Motors Ret 0
Australia Keith Rilstone Elfin Ford KN Rilstone Ret 0
Australia David Fletcher Lola Mk5 Ford DK Fletcher Ret 0
Australia Wally Mitchell MRD Brabham Ford East Burwood Motors Ret 0
Australia Lionel Ayers Lotus 20 Ford Ret 0
New Zealand Barry Porter Lotus 15 Coventry Climax DNS 0
New Zealand Ken Smith Lola Mk2 Ford M Smith DNQ 0
Pos Driver Car Entrant Lev Puk Wig Ter San War Lak Lon Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Tasman Championship for Drivers, Racing Car News, September 1963, page 25
  2. ^ a b c "Tasman Cup 1964 «". Oldracingcars.com. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  3. ^ a b c d Tasman Series 1964, sergent.com.au Retrieved 31 March 2016
  4. ^ a b c d Tasman Cup 1964, www.oldracingcars.com Retrieved 31 March 2016
  5. ^ a b Program, Eleventh International New Zealand Grand Prix, Pukekohe, 11 January 1964
  6. ^ a b Official Programme, 29th Australian Grand Prix, Sandown, Sunday, 9 February 1964
  7. ^ a b Official Programme, International 100 Meeting, Warwick Farm, 16 February 1964
  8. ^ a b Official Programme, Lakeside International 99, Lakeside, 23 February 1964
  9. ^ a b Programme, South Pacific Championships, Longford, 1964