1966 Gallaher 500

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1966 Gallaher 500
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The 1966 Gallaher 500 was an endurance motor race for production cars, held on 2 October 1966 at the Mount Panorama Circuit just outside Bathurst, New South Wales in Australia. It was the seventh running of the Bathurst 500 race [1] and the first time that the event had been staged under the Gallaher 500 name. 250 examples of a particular model had to be registered for a vehicle to be eligible for the race, up from the 100 examples required in previous years.[2]

The race was dominated by the Morris Cooper S. It was won by the BMC entered example of Finnish rally star Rauno Aaltonen and experienced Australian Mini racer Bob Holden a lap ahead of Fred Gibson and Bill Stanley, leading home a flotilla of Cooper Ss that filled the first nine outright race positions. The best non-Mini was a Chrysler Valiant, some six laps behind Aaltonen and Holden in tenth position.

Class structure[edit]

Cars competed in four classes based on the purchase price of the vehicle in Australian dollars.

Class A[edit]

The Up to $1,800 class was contested by Datsun 1300, Fiat 850, 1.2 litre Ford Cortina, Morris Mini De Luxe and Morris 850.

Class B[edit]

The $1,801 to $2,040 class featured 1.5 litre Ford Cortina, Hillman Minx, Isuzu Bellett, Morris Cooper, Prince Skyline, Renault R8 and Toyota Corona.

Class C[edit]

The $2,041 to $2,700 class entry list was dominated by the Morris Cooper S, but also included a Fiat 1500, and a Toyota Crown.

Class D[edit]

The $2,701 to $4,000 class featured Chrysler Valiant, Holden HD X2, Studebaker Lark, Triumph 2000 and Volvo 122S.

Results[edit]

Pos. Class No. Entrant Drivers Car Laps
1 C 13 BMC Australia [3] Finland Rauno Aaltonen
Australia Bob Holden
Morris Cooper S 130
2 C 17 Vaughan & Lane BMC [3] Australia Fred Gibson
Australia Bill Stanley
Morris Cooper S 129
3 C 22 Regal Motors [3] Australia Bruce McPhee
Australia Barry Mulholland
Morris Cooper S 129
4 C 27 Marque Motors [3] Australia Arthur Davis
Australia Paul Mander
Morris Cooper S 128
5 C 10 Baulkham Hills Service Station [3] Australia Peter Brown
Australia Bob Cook
Morris Cooper S 128
6 C 9 Dents Motors [3] Australia Harry Firth
Australia Ern Abbott
Morris Cooper S 128
7 C 24 W Jamison [3] Australia John Leffler
Australia Bill Jamison
Morris Cooper S 127
8 C 23 BMC Australia [3] Australia John French
Australia Steve Harvey
Morris Cooper S 127
9 C 16 B Arentz [3] Australia Barry Arentz
Australia Barry Seton
Morris Cooper S 125
10 D 5 Eiffel Tower Motors [4] Australia Jack Nougher
Australia David O'Keefe
Chrysler VC Valiant V8 Automatic 124
11 D 6 Advanx (Godford) Motor Service [4] Australia Alton Boddenberg
Australia Digby Cooke
Chrysler VC Valiant V8 Automatic 122
12 B 41 Stewarts Sports Car Centre [4] Australia Don Holland
Australia Peter Cray
Morris Cooper 120
13 D 3 AMI [4] Australia Max Stewart
Australia Bob Young
Triumph 2000 120
14 C 20 Australia Ron Kearns
Australia Barry Quayle
Fiat 1500 120
15 D 8 Australia Kevin Bartlett
Australia John Harvey
Volvo 122S 119
16 C 14 Australia Bill Buckle
Australia Allan Mottram
Toyota Crown 119
17 B 33 Vern Potts [4] Australia Doug Chivas
Australia Doug Chivas, Jr.
Morris Cooper 119
18 B 42 Brian Foley Motors [4] Australia Laurie Stewart
Australia Ray Morris
Morris Cooper 119
19 D 7 Australia Mike Savva
Australia Herb Taylor
Holden HD X2 118
20 B 37 Australian Motor Industries [5] Australia Brian Reed
Australia Des Kelly
Toyota Corona 117
21 B 29 Australia George Reynolds
Australia Barry Ferguson
Isuzu Bellett 1500 117
22 A 54 Nissan Motor Co [4] Japan Moto Kitano
Japan Kunimitsu Takahashi
Datsun 1300 117
23 A 49 Nissan Motor Co [4] Australia John Roxburgh
Australia Doug Whiteford
Datsun 1300 116
24 A 53 Peakhurst Tyre Service [4] Australia Brian Lawler
Australia Harry Gapps
Ford Cortina Mk.I 220 116
25 B 45 Australia Lionel Ayers
Australia Max Volkers
Hillman Minx Series 6 116
26 A 51 Nissan Motor Co [2] Australia John Colwell
Australia Fred Sutherland
Datsun 1300 116
27 B 32 Australian Motor Industries [5] Australia Brian Sampson
Australia Lew Marshall
Toyota Corona 116
28 A 47 Australia Trevor Meehan
Australia Ian Hindmarsh
Fiat 850 113
29 A 55 Australia Mike Schneider
Australia Bruce Wright
Morris Mini De Luxe 113
30 B 40 John Rhodin [2] Australia Arthur Treloar
Australia Colin Bond
Isuzu Bellett 1500 111
31 A 56 Australia George Garth
Australia Ray Marquet
Ford Cortina Mk.I 1200 110
32 A 50 Australia Ken Lindsay
Australia Des West
Ford Cortina Mk.I 1200 110
33 B 34 Australia Peter Williamson
Australia Alex Macarthur
Toyota Corona 110
34 A 57 Australia John T. Smith
Australia Dennis Gregory
Morris Mini De Luxe 109
35 B 43 Australia Bob Edgerton
Australia Ross Edgerton
Renault R8 106
36 B 31 Australia John Prisk
Australia Mike Martin
Morris Cooper 105
37 B 35 Australia Bruce Darke
Australia Don James
Isuzu Bellett 1500 104
38 D 2 Australia Warren Weldon
Australia Bill Slattery
Studebaker Lark 88
39 A 48 Australia Malcolm Bailey
Australia John Hicks
Morris 850 87
40 B 38 Australia Carl Kennedy
Australia Doug Stewart
Prince Skyline 1500 82
41 B 30 Australia Gary Hodge
Australia Denis Geary
Ford Cortina Mk.I 1500 74
DNF C 21 Vaughan & Lane [2] Australia Frank Matich
Australia Bruce Demuth
Morris Cooper S 126
DNF A 46 Australia Bill Burns
Australia Alex Lazich
Fiat 850
DNF A 58 Australia Gary Shoesmith
Australia Tony Robards
Vauxhall Viva 94
DNF C 26 Australia Mick Crampton
Australia Geoff Leeds
Morris Cooper S
DNF C 18 P&R Williams [2] Australia Charlie Smith
Australia Ron Haylen
Morris Cooper S 64
NC C 19 Australia Rick Radford
Australia David Bye
Morris Cooper S 54
DNF D 4 Australia Gerry Lister
Australia Graham Porter
Volvo 122S 52
DNF C 15 Australia Ken Stacey
Australia Mal Henderson
Morris Cooper S
DNF C 28 BMC Australia [3] United Kingdom Paddy Hopkirk
Australia Brian Foley
Morris Cooper S 28
DNF C 12 Australia Ron Hodgson
Australia Bob Beasely
Morris Cooper S 15
DNF C 25 Australia George Forrest
Australia Frank Hann
Morris Cooper S 12
DNF C 39 Australia Jack Murray
Australia Bill Ford
Prince Skyline 1500

Statistics[edit]

  • Fastest Lap - #21 Frank Matich - 3:10 (lap record)
  • Average Speed - 112 km/h
  • Race Time - 7:11:29.1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Includes 1960, 1961 & 1962 Armstrong 500 races held at Phillip Island
  2. ^ a b c d e Bill Tuckey, Australia's Greatest Motor Race, 1981, pages 114-121
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Craig Watson, The Giant Killers, Motor Sport Legends, August / Oct 2008, pages 40-45
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i Evan Green, Evan Green's World of Motor Sport, 1977, page 191
  5. ^ a b Romsey Quints, Looking Back At Bathurst, Sports Car World, December 1966, pages 30-32 + 55-56

Further reading[edit]

  • Greenhalgh, David; Thomas B. Floyd; Bill Tuckey (2000). "1966 The first international race". Australia's Greatest Motor Race 1960-1999 The first 40 years. Hornsby: Chevron Publishing Group Pty Limited. pp. 138–145 & 454. ISBN 1-875221-12-3. 

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