1970 Hardie-Ferodo 500

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1970 Hardie-Ferodo 500
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The 1970 Hardie-Ferodo 500 was the 11th running of the Bathurst 500 touring car race. It was held on 4 October 1970 at the Mount Panorama Circuit just outside Bathurst. The race was open to standard production sedans competing in five classes based on the purchase price of the vehicle (in Australian dollars).

Allan Moffat won his first Bathurst enduro leading home Bruce McPhee in a one-two result for the Ford Works Team and their Ford XW Falcon GTHO Phase II's. It was the fifth Phillip Island / Bathurst 500 victory for the factory team. Third, a lap behind the Fords, was Don Holland driving a Holden LC Torana GTR XU-1.

Defending winners Colin Bond and Tony Roberts drove separate cars in the event. Bond finished 16th in his Holden Dealer Team Torana GTR XU-1 after having led the early laps, while Roberts was lucky to survive what was the biggest accident in the races history to that point when his GTHO Falcon crashed at Skyline only 6 laps from the finish. The Falcon spun backwards, leapt over the guard rail and rolled about 50 metres down the mountain before being stopped by a tree.

Class structure[edit]

A race replica of the Ford XW Falcon GTHO driven by Kim Aunger and John Walker in the 1970 Hardie Ferodo 500

Class A[edit]

The smallest class was for cars up to $1,960. It was made up of Datsun 1200, 1.3 litre Ford Escort 1300, Mazda 1300 and Toyota Corolla.

Class B[edit]

The $1,961 to $2,400 class consisted of Datsun 1600, Fiat 128, Ford Cortina and 2.6 litre Holden Torana.

Class C[edit]

The $2,401 to $3,150 class saw a mix of two barrel carburettor Chrysler Valiant Pacer, 1.6 litre Ford Escort, 3.1 litre Holden Torana and Morris Cooper S.

Class D[edit]

The $3,151 to $4,100 class featured only the four barrel carburettor Chrysler Valiant Pacer, a Fiat 125 and a Triumph 2.5 PI although a Ford Capri was also entered but did not start.

Class E[edit]

For cars over $4,100. Apart from a single BMW 2800 and a Holden Monaro the class consisted only of Ford Falcon GTHO Phase II.

Top 10 Qualifiers[edit]

Pos No Team Driver Car Qual
Pole 64 Ford Motor Co of Australia Canada Allan Moffat Ford XW Falcon GTHO Phase II 2:49.3
2 63 Ford Motor Co of Australia Australia Bruce McPhee Ford XW Falcon GTHO Phase II 2:50.0
3 62 Ford Motor Co of Australia Australia Fred Gibson Ford XW Falcon GTHO Phase II 2:53.6
4 39 Holden Dealer Team Australia Colin Bond Holden LC Torana GTR XU-1 2:54.0
5 30 Max Wright Motors Pty Ltd Australia Don Holland Holden LC Torana GTR XU-1 2:54.3
6 40 Holden Dealer Team Australia Peter Brock Holden LC Torana GTR XU-1 2:54.8
7 67 The Tony Roberts Team Australia Tony Roberts Ford XW Falcon GTHO Phase II 2:54.9
8 56 Stillwell & Co Pty Ltd Australia Graham Ritter Ford XW Falcon GTHO Phase II 2:55.1
9 55 Finnie Ford Pty Ltd Australia David McKay Ford XW Falcon GTHO Phase II 2:55.1
10 60 Wright Ford Motors Pty Ltd Australia Bob Muir Ford XW Falcon GTHO Phase II 2:55.4

Results[edit]

Pos Class No Entrant[1] Drivers Car Laps Qual
Pos
1 E 64 Ford Motor Co of Australia Canada Allan Moffat Ford XW Falcon GTHO Phase II 130 1
2 E 63 Ford Motor Co of Australia Australia Bruce McPhee Ford XW Falcon GTHO Phase II 130 2
3 C 30 Max Wright Motors Pty Ltd Australia Don Holland Holden LC Torana GTR XU-1 129 5
4 C 35 Geoghegan's Sporty Cars Australia Doug Chivas
Australia Graham Ryan
Chrysler VG Valiant Pacer 2 Barrell 129 25
5 C 34 Geoghegan's Sporty Cars Australia Leo Geoghegan
Australia Nick Ledingham
Chrysler VG Valiant Pacer 2 Barrell 128 22
6 C 33 McLeod Kelso & Lee Pty Ltd Australia George Garth
Australia John Hall
Holden LC Torana GTR XU-1 128 19
7 D 51 Geoghegan's Sporty Cars Australia Peter Brown
Australia Des West
Chrysler VG Valiant Pacer 4 Barrell 127 11
8 C 31 Booran Motors Pty Ltd Australia Brian Reed
Australia Bob Watson
Holden LC Torana GTR XU-1 127 14
9 E 53 McLeod Ford Pty Ltd Australia John Goss
Australia Bob Skelton
Ford XW Falcon GTHO Phase II 127 32
10 C 28 Waterloo High Performance Centre Australia Ron Gillard
Australia Warren Gracie
Holden LC Torana GTR XU-1 126 30
11 C 37 Boyded Pty Ltd Australia Bob Martin
Australia Spencer Martin
Holden LC Torana GTR XU-1 125 16
12 E 66 Commonwealth Industrial Gases Limited Australia Bill Ford
Australia Hans Tholstrup
Ford XW Falcon GTHO Phase II 125 21
13 C 38 Holden Dealer Team Australia Sandra Bennett
Australia Christine Cole
Holden LC Torana GTR XU-1 123 24
14 E 65 Alto Ford Racing Pty Ltd Australia Bob Holden
Australia Bill Fanning
Ford XW Falcon GTHO Phase II 123 26
15 D 46 Central Motors (Nepean) Pty Ltd Australia Bob Cook
Australia Alan Cant
Chrysler VG Valiant Pacer 4 Barrell 121 31
16 C 39 Holden Dealer Team Australia Colin Bond Holden LC Torana GTR XU-1 119 4
17 C 36 Thomson Ford Pty Ltd Australia Bob Drane Ford Escort Twin Cam Mk.I 119 34
18 E 54 Rowell Thiele Ford Pty Ltd Australia Trevor Meehan
Australia Peter Wherrett
Ford XW Falcon GTHO Phase II 118 15
19 B 23 W.H. Motors Pty Ltd Australia Don Smith
Australia Herb Taylor
Datsun 1600 117 38
20 B 20 Datsun Racing Team Australia Doug Whiteford Datsun 1600 117 39
21 C 42 Muir Motors (Ryde) Pty Ltd Australia Martin Cortese
Australia Chris Cronan
Holden LC Torana GTR XU-1 117 29
22 E 58 Eiffeltower Group Australia Jack Nougher
Australia David O'Keefe
BMW 2800 117 33
23 D 47 John McNicol Pty Ltd
Zanardo & Rodriguez
Australia Ron Kearns
Australia Gerry Lister
Fiat 125S 116 40
24 A 6 Datsun Racing Team Australia Jon Leighton
Australia Barry Tapsall
Datsun 1200 114 43
25 A 1 Denlo Motors Pty Ltd Australia Bernie Haehnle
Australia Neil Revell
Mazda 1300 114 47
26 A 12 John Palmer Motors Australia Gary Hodge
Australia John Leffler
Mazda 1300 113 45
27 A 10 AMI Racing Team Australia Brian Sampson
Australia Dick Thurston
Toyota Corolla 113 48
28 A 7 Mazda House Pty Ltd Australia Barry Ferguson
Australia Jim Laing-Peach
Mazda 1300 112 50
29 B 21 Kloster Pty Ltd Australia Ray Marquet
Australia Geoff Westbury
Ford Cortina 240 Mk.II 112 53
30 A 9 AMI Racing Team Australia Max Stewart
Australia Dick Young
Toyota Corolla 112 51
31 D 48 TVW 7 Perth
Artransa Park Television
Australia Brian Culcheth
Australia Lyndon McLeod
Triumph 2.5 PI 111 37
32 A 13 Tynan Motors Australia Ray Morris Mazda 1300 111 54
33 A 4 Parry's Car Sales Pty Ltd Australia Trevor Mason Mazda 1300 111 55
34 C 32 Fair Deal Car Sales Pty Ltd Australia Digby Cooke
Australia David Seldon
Holden LC Torana GTR XU-1 108 13
35 A 14 C Kennedy Australia Carl Kennedy
Australia Bill Slattery
Datsun 1200 108 56
36 C 26 P & R Williams Australia Lyn Keefe
Australia Arthur Olsen
Morris Cooper S 107 57
37 C 40 Holden Dealer Team Australia Peter Brock
Australia Bob Morris
Holden LC Torana GTR XU-1 107 6
38 A 2 Marque Motors Australia Bill Stanley
Australia Mike Kable
Toyota Corolla 106 52
39 B 22 Grenville Motors Pty Ltd Australia Peter Finlay
Australia Bob Forbes
Fiat 128 106 58
40 C 43 BP Muirfield Service Station Australia Ross Hewison
Australia Brian Hones
Ford Escort Twin Cam Mk.I 105 36
41 A 8 Harry Gapps Ford Pty Ltd Australia Harry Gapps
Australia Frank Hann
Ford Escort 1300 Mk.I 103 59
42 A 15 Woman's Day Australia Carole Corness
Australia Gloria Taylor
Ford Escort 1300 Mk.I 103 60
43 D 49 J Butta Australia Joe Butta
Australia Bob Genders
Chrysler VG Valiant Pacer 4 Barrell 63 18
DNF E 67 The Tony Roberts Team Australia Tony Roberts Ford XW Falcon GTHO Phase II 124 7
DNF A 5 Datsun Racing Team Australia John Roxburgh Datsun 1200 100 46
DNF A 11 AMI Racing Team Australia Bill Evans
Australia Gary Cooke
Toyota Corolla 98 49
DNF C 27 Les Grose Racing Division Australia Les Grose
Australia Keith Grose
Holden LC Torana GTR XU-1 81 27
DNF B 19 G Moore Australia Graham Moore
Australia Bill Brown
Holden LC Torana 2600S 52 42
DNF E 56 Stillwell & Co Pty Ltd Australia Graham Ritter
Australia Richard Knight
Ford XW Falcon GTHO Phase II 49 8
DNF D 50 N Beechey Australia Norm Beechey
Australia Bruce Hindhaugh
Chrysler VG Valiant Pacer 4 Barrell 39 17
DNF C 29 Pat Cullen's Garage Australia John Keran
Australia Clyde Hodgins
Holden LC Torana GTR XU-1 38 23
DNF E 62 Ford Motor Co of Australia Australia Fred Gibson
Australia Barry Seton
Ford XW Falcon GTHO Phase II 33 3
DNF B 24 W.H. Motors Pty Ltd Australia Bruce Stewart
Australia Iain Corness
Datsun 1600 32 41
DNF E 61 Byrt Ford Pty Ltd Australia Garry Rush
Australia Martin Chenery
Ford XW Falcon GTHO Phase II 27 12
DNF E 55 Finnie Ford Pty Ltd Australia David McKay Ford XW Falcon GTHO Phase II 23 9
DNF E 57 Aunger Accessories
Fairway Ford
Australia Kym Aunger
Australia Johnnie Walker
Ford XW Falcon GTHO Phase II 18 28
DNF E 59 Southern Motors Pty Ltd Australia Bruce Hodgson Ford XW Falcon GTHO Phase II 16 35
DNF E 69 EL Hugo Australia David Sheldon Holden HT Monaro GTS 350 11 20
DNF E 60 Wright Ford Motors Pty Ltd Australia Bob Beasely
Australia Bob Muir
Ford XW Falcon GTHO Phase II 6 10
DNF A 3 Tynan Motors Australia Geoff Leeds
Australia Les Carne
Mazda 1300 3 44
DNS E 70 Rollington Pty Ltd Australia Murray Carter Ford XW Falcon GTHO Phase II
DNS E 71 Ira L & AC Birk Pty Ltd Australia Nick Petrilli
Australia Mike Savva
Ford XW Falcon GTHO Phase II
DNS D 52 B Arentz Australia Barry Arentz
Australia Brian Michelmore
Ford Capri V6 GT
DNS C 45 Sydney Speed Shop Pty Ltd Australia Scott McNaughton
Australia Bob Inglis
Holden LC Torana GTR XU-1
DNS C 44 R Radford Australia Rick Radford Holden LC Torana GTR XU-1
DNS A 17 M Daddo Australia M Daddo
Australia P Ulbrich
Morris Mini K
DNS A 18 RG Lanyon Australia A Barrett
Australia R Withers
Mazda 1300

Statistics[edit]

  • Pole Position - #64 Allan Moffat - 2:49.3
  • Fastest Lap - #53 Goss/Skelton - 2:53 (lap record)
  • Average Speed - 122 km/h
  • Race Time - 6:33:47

References[edit]

  1. ^ Official Programme, 1970 Hardie-Ferodo 500, pages 28-29
  • Greenhalgh, David; Thomas B. Floyd; Bill Tuckey (2000). Australia's Greatest Motor Race 1960-1999. Chevron Publishing Group. pp. 170–177 & 458. ISBN 1-875221-12-3. 

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