1968 Hardie-Ferodo 500
|1968 Hardie-Ferodo 500|
The 1968 Hardie-Ferodo 500 was a production car race held on 6 October 1968 at the Mount Panorama Circuit just outside Bathurst in New South Wales, Australia. It was the ninth running of the Bathurst 500.
For the first time factory supported teams of Ford and Holden V8s raced against each other, setting a pattern that continues to this day in Australian touring car racing, currently known as V8 Supercar. It was not one of the factory cars that won however. The race was won by the Wyong Motors entered Holden Monaro driven by Bruce McPhee (apart from one lap mid-race driven by Barry Mulholland) who upset the big teams with a tactical tyre strategy of running a buffed hard wearing street tyre rather than a racing tyre. Initially Des West and Ron Marks were classified second but were later disqualified for illegal engine modifications. Second place was then awarded to the factory supported Holden Dealer Racing Team Monaro of Jim Palmer (to that point the best finish by a New Zealander) and Phil West. The AM Roberts entered Monaro driven by Tony Roberts and Bob Watson finished third.
Future two-time Bathurst 1000 winner Allan Grice made his Mount Panorama debut in 1968. Driving with author/journalist Bill Tuckey in a Class D Fiat 124 Sport for Scuderia Veloce, the pair finished the race in 18th outright and 9th in class, 11 laps down on the McPhee/Mulholland Monaro.
Midge Whiteman and Christine Cole, racing in a Mini 850, finished the race as an all girls team, coming 5th in their class.
Cars competed in five classes based on the purchase price (in Australian dollars) of the vehicle.
Top 10 Qualifiers
|Pole||13||Wyong Motors Pty Ltd||Bruce McPhee||Holden HK Monaro GTS327||2:56.7|
|2||14||Lorack Motors (Granville) Pty Ltd||Des West||Holden HK Monaro GTS327||2:56.9|
|3||23||Holden Dealer Racing Team||Paul Hawkins||Holden HK Monaro GTS327||2:59.3|
|4||8||Ford Motor Company of Australia||Ian Geoghegan||Ford XT Falcon GT||2:59.8|
|5||25||Holden Dealer Racing Team||Brian Muir||Holden HK Monaro GTS327||3:00.1|
|6||24||Holden Dealer Racing Team||Jim Palmer||Holden HK Monaro GTS327||3:00.5|
|7||42||Ford Motor Company of Australia||Spencer Martin||Ford XR Falcon GT Auto||3:00.5|
|8||9||Ford Motor Company of Australia||Fred Gibson||Ford XT Falcon GT||3:00.9|
|9||15||AM Roberts||Tony Roberts||Holden HK Monaro GTS327||3:02.1|
|10||3||Brian Foley Motors||Brian Foley||Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV||3:02.4|
Note : Jack Nougher competed in car 44 under the name "Jack Eiffeltower" in this race.
- Pole Position - No.13 Bruce McPhee - 2:56.7
- Fastest Lap - No.13 Bruce McPhee - 2:58 (lap record)
- Average Speed - 119 km/h
- Race Time - 6:44:07
- How they finished last year..., Official Programme, 1969 Hardie-Ferodo 500, Mount Panorama, Sunday, October 5, page 27
- Class D (entry list), Official Programme, 1968 Hardie Ferodo 500, Mount Panorama, Sunday, October 6, page 35
- Adrian Ryan, Alfa's uncontested win, Racing Car News, November 1968, pages 30 to 32
- George Stefanoff, All conquering Corollas, Racing Car News, November 1968, pages 24 to 25
- Class A (entry list), Official Programme, 1968 Hardie Ferodo 500, Mount Panorama, Sunday, October 6, page 13
- Images of the No 59 Ford Cortina in the "1968 Bathurst" section of the autopics.com.au DVD "The Great Race - 1960 to 1996 - 30,000 images" shows the car to be a Mark 1 rather than a Mark II
- Australian Muscle Car, Issue 17, January /February 2005, page 38
- Bill Tuckey, Australia's Greatest Motor Race, 1981, pages 130-137
- Racing Car News, November 1968, pages 24–32