1966 Gallaher 500
|1966 Gallaher 500|
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  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.
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.
Cars competed in four classes based on the purchase price of the vehicle in Australian dollars.
- Fastest Lap - #21 Frank Matich - 3:10 (lap record)
- Average Speed - 112 km/h
- Race Time - 7:11:29.1
- Includes 1960, 1961 & 1962 Armstrong 500 races held at Phillip Island
- Bill Tuckey, Australia's Greatest Motor Race, 1981, pages 114-121
- Craig Watson, The Giant Killers, Motor Sport Legends, August / Oct 2008, pages 40-45
- Evan Green, Evan Green's World of Motor Sport, 1977, page 191
- Romsey Quints, Looking Back At Bathurst, Sports Car World, December 1966, pages 30-32 + 55-56
- 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.