1969 Rothmans 12 Hour Classic

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The 1969 Rothmans 12 Hour Classic was an endurance motor race for production cars[1] held at the Surfers Paradise International Raceway in Queensland, Australia on 5 January 1969.[2] It was the first of two such races to be held at the circuit.[3]

The race was won by Bill Gates and Jim Bertram driving a Ford XT Falcon GT.[2]

Classes[edit]

Cars competed in five classes based on the retail price of the vehicle in Australian Dollars.[1]

Results[edit]

Position [4] Drivers [2] No. [4] Car [4] Entrant [4] Laps [4]
Outright Winner
Bill Gates, Jim Bertram 16 Ford XT Falcon GT McCluskey Ford 427
Class A : Up to $1850 [5]
1 B Tapsall, R Sorensen, R Gibson 62 Datsun 1000 Datsun Racing Team 404
2 W Scott, E Olsen 66 Toyota Corolla W Scott 392
3 W Evans, J Cosworth 61 Datsun 1000 Datsun Racing Team 383
4 T Floyd, P Wherrett, A Vincent 65 Toyota Corolla MTR Services 368
5 64 Toyota Corolla MTR Services 359
6 Noel Riley, Ken Brian 63 Honda Scamp Team Honda 334
Class B : $1851 to $2250 [5]
1 John Roxburgh, Doug Whiteford 54 Datsun 1600 Datsun Racing Team 415
2 W Coad, F Sutherland 53 Datsun 1600 Datsun Racing Team 411
3 P Lefrancke, R Skelton, B Reed 57 Toyota Corolla SL Farsley Motors 404
4 A Whitchurch, T Gilltrap 58 Datsun 1600 Coolangatta Tweed Heads Car Club 403
5 55 Hillman Gazelle Eiffel Tower Motors 403
6 49 Datsun 1600 MTR Services 381
7 Edgerton 49 Renault R10 Robert Edgerton 375
DISQ Wooton, Morrow [2] 52 Datsun 1600 [2] McInnes Auto Conversions [2]
Class C : $2251 to $3000 [5]
1 Garry Hodge, John Leffler 42 Morris Cooper S Denis Geary Motors 426
2 John Smailes, John Millyard 35 Morris Cooper S Martinz Place 421
3 T Basile, F Leggatt 31 Fiat 125 Tony Basile Motors 414
4 J Eiffeltower, D O'Keefe 39 Hillman Hunter GT Eiffeltower Motors 413
5 Gracie 32 Morris Cooper S W.R. Gracie 409
6 Cooke, Brewster, Hindmarsh 41 Morris Cooper S Marque Motors 404
7 Haylen (?) [2] 33 Morris Cooper S Grand Prix Auto Service 374
DNF [2] Joe Camilleri, John Humphries [2] ? Morris Cooper S [2]
DNF [2] Ian Kenny, Hans Marquard [2] ? Morris Cooper S [2]
DSQ John Goss, John Cooke [6] 37 or 38 Holden HK Kingswood [6] The High Performance School [6]
DSQ Bill Tuckey, Sib Petralia [6] 37 or 38 Hullman Hunter GT [6] The High Performance School [6]
Class D : $3001 to $4500 [1]
1 Bill Gates, John Bertram 16 Ford XT Falcon GT McCluskey Ford 427
2 Glyn Scott, Keith Williams 25 Holden HK Monaro GTS327 Glyn Scott Motors 420
3 R Jones, R Forbes, D West 21 Fiat 124S Coupe Nanda Marcaroni Products 413
4 G Trebilcock, N Trebilcock, H Woelders 22 BMW 1600 Gerry Trebilcock 411
5 Lionel Ayers, Max Volkers 18 Ford XT Falcon GT Central Auto Sales 405
6 Seldon, Kearns 23 Volvo 144 British & Continental 355
7 Denis Geary, Bill Brown 19 Holden HK Monaro GTS327 Denis Geary Motors 310
8 Bruce McPhee, Doug Chivas 13 Holden HK Monaro GTS327 Bruce McPhee 245
DNF [2] Paul Zacka, [7] Graham Perry [2] ? Holden HK Monaro GTS327 [2]
Class E : Over $4500
1 Kevin Bartlett, John French 1 Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV Alec Mildren Pty. Ltd. 424
2 R Gulson, P Brown 2 Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV Canberra Speed Shop 408
3 Ivan Tighe, B Schuster 5 Citroen DS21 Glyn Scott Motors 349

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c 45 In Road Race, The Courier Mail, Thursday, Jan 2, 1969 page 9
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Sweet Smell of Success, Racing Car News, February 1969, pages 30-33
  3. ^ Paradise Lost, Australian Muscle Car, Issue 41, pages 88-98
  4. ^ a b c d e Provisional Results (Issued 7.1.69), Rothmans 12 Hour Race, 5 January 1969, as reproduced in Australian Muscle Car magazine, Issue 105, page 37
  5. ^ a b c 12 Hour Guessing game, Modern Motor, March 1969
  6. ^ a b c d e f The Goss on the Bathurst Kingswood, Australian, Muscle Car, 1 May 2015
  7. ^ Gates’ 3 lap win in 12-Hr, The Courier Mail, Monday, 6 January 1969, page 9

Further reading[edit]

  • The Australian racing history of Ford, 1989
  • Family Sedan Battle, The Courier Mail, Monday, 6 January 1969, page 1
  • Stewart Wilson, The official racing history of Holden, 1988, pages 61 & 331
  • Ford Scores at Surfer’s 12 Hour, Australian Motor Manual, March 1969, page 27

Coordinates: 28°0′59″S 153°22′34″E / 28.01639°S 153.37611°E / -28.01639; 153.37611