1973 Hardie-Ferodo 1000

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1973 Hardie-Ferodo 1000
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The 1973 Hardie-Ferodo 1000 was the 14th running of the Bathurst 1000 touring car race. This was the first race to be held under the new metricised distance of 1000 kilometres, rather than the 500 miles previously contested. It was held on 30 September 1973 at the Mount Panorama Circuit just outside Bathurst. The race was open to cars eligible to the locally developed CAMS Group C touring car regulations with four engine capacity based classes and it was the 3rd round of the 1973 Australian Manufacturers' Championship.

Allan Moffat claimed his third win in the event and the long-awaited first win for Ian Geoghegan driving a Ford Falcon GT. It was also the seventh and final win for the factory Ford Australia racing team. Peter Brock and Doug Chivas lost the race after their Holden Torana ran out of fuel, forcing Chivas to push the car uphill along the pit lane to make it to the Holden Dealer Team pit bay. Despite this Brock and Chivas finished on the same lap as Moffat and Ian Geoghegan, ahead of their team mates Colin Bond and Leo Geoghegan, also on the same lap, in third position.

Class structure[edit]

Replica of the race winning Ford XA Falcon GT Hardtop

Class A[edit]

The smallest class was for under 1300cc engine capacity. It was made up of Datsun 1200, Fiat 128, Honda Civic, Morris Cooper S and Renault R8.

Class B[edit]

The under two litre class saw a mix of Alfa Romeo GTV 2000, Datsun 180B, Ford Escort, Mazda RX-3 and Subaru 1400 GSR.

Class C[edit]

The under three litre class featured 2.8 litre Holden Torana and Mazda RX-2.

Class D[edit]

For cars over three litres of engine capacity, the class consisted of Chrysler Valiant Charger, Ford Falcon, Holden Monaro and the larger engined Toranas.

Top 10 Qualifiers[edit]

Pos No Team Driver Car Qual
Pole 5 McLeod Ford Australia John Goss Ford XA Falcon GT Hardtop 2:33.4
2 1 Holden Dealer Team Australia Peter Brock Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 2:34.4
3 9 Ford Motor Company of Australia Canada Allan Moffat Ford XA Falcon GT Hardtop 2:34.5
4 4 Bryan Byrt Ford Australia John French Ford XA Falcon GT Hardtop 2:35.3
5 24 Holden Dealer Team Australia Colin Bond Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 2:35.4
6 7 Ron Hodgson Racing Australia Bob Morris Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 2:36.3
7 6 Ford Motor Company of Australia Australia Fred Gibson Ford XA Falcon GT Hardtop 2:38.2
8 19 Australia Allan Grice Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 2:38.2
9 2 Bob Jane Racing Australia Bob Jane Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 2:39.3
10 3 Australia Don Holland Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 2:40.5

Results[edit]

In part sourced from:[1]

Pos Class No Team Drivers Car Laps Qual
Pos
1 D 9 Ford Australia Canada Allan Moffat
Australia Ian Geoghegan
Ford XA Falcon GT Hardtop 163 3
2 D 1 Holden Dealer Team Australia Peter Brock
Australia Doug Chivas
Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 163 2
3 D 24 Holden Dealer Team Australia Colin Bond
Australia Leo Geoghegan
Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 163 5
4 D 2 Bob Jane Racing Australia Bob Jane
Australia John Harvey
Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 161 9
5 D 10 Australia Bob Forbes
Australia Dick Johnson
Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 154 11
6 D 21 Australia Ray Kaleda
Australia Peter Granger
Chrysler Valiant Charger R/T E49 150 18
7 D 15 Australia Murray Carter
Australia Lawrie Nelson
Ford XA Falcon GT Hardtop 150 19
8 B 49 A.F. & M. Beninca Australia Ray Harrison
Australia Mal Robertson
Alfa Romeo GTV 2000 149 23
9 B 45 Australia Mel Mollison
Australia Bruce Hindhaugh
Mazda RX-3 144 36
10 C 34 Australia Bernie Haehnle
Australia Wayne Rogerson
Mazda RX-2 144 36
11 D 31 Australia Brian Ovenden
Australia Max McGinley
Chrysler Valiant Charger R/T E49 143 29
12 C 37 John Palmer Motors Australia Bob Beasley
Australia Enno Buesselmann
Mazda RX-2 143 39
13 B 44 Australia Geoff Leeds
Australia Jim Murcott
Ford Escort Twin Cam Mk.I 143 32
14 B 41 Datsun Racing Team Australia John Roxburgh
Australia Doug Whiteford
Datsun 180B SSS 143 40
15 A 56 Datsun Racing Team Australia Bill Evans
Australia James Laing-Peach
Datsun 1200 142 46
16 A 55 Australia Lakis Manticas
Australia Peter Lander
Fiat 128SL 142 43
17 C 33 W.H. Motors Australia Herb Taylor
Australia Don Smith
Holden LC Torana GTR XU-1 141 28
18 D 3 Australia Don Holland
Australia Max Stewart
Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 141 10
19 B 39 Australia Ray Gulson
Australia Peter Brown
Alfa Romeo GTV 2000 140 27
20 D 29 Australia Peter Kilmore
Australia Kevin Kennedy
Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 138 41
21 A 66 Australia David Clement
Australia Neil Mason
Morris Cooper S 136 50
22 A 54 Australia John Lord
New Zealand Peter Janson
Honda Civic 134 53
23 B 38 Australia Chris Heyer
Australia Peter Mill
Subaru 1400 GSR 133 55
24 A 63 Australia Ken Brian
Australia Noel Riley
Honda Civic 131 52
25 A 68 Australia Chick Audsley
Australia Bob Williamson
Morris Cooper S 131 56
26 A 67 Australia Caroline O'Shanesy
Australia Peter Williamson
Morris Cooper S 131 57
27 A 64 Australia David Frazer
Australia Bob Edgerton
Renault R8 Gordini 130 49
28 B 43 Australia Bob Holden
Australia Lyndon Arnel
Ford Escort Twin Cam Mk.I 129 44
29 B 48 Australia Geoff Perry
Australia Brian Reed
Mazda RX-3 126 34
30 A 59 Australia John Symon
Australia Philip Arnull
Datsun 1200 125 58
DNF C 35 James Mason Motors Australia Gary Cooke
Australia Len Searle
Mazda RX-2 142 38
DNF D 8 Australia Ron Dickson
Australia Bob Stevens
Holden HQ Monaro GTS 130 20
DNF B 50 Chesterfield Racing Team Australia Herb Vines
Australia Chris Batger
Ford Escort Twin Cam Mk.I 116 54
DNF D 5 McLeod Ford Australia John Goss
Australia Kevin Bartlett
Ford XA Falcon GT Hardtop 110 1
DNF D 4 Bryan Byrt Ford Australia John French
Australia Bob Skelton
Ford XA Falcon GT Hardtop 91 4
DNF A 57 Australia Geoff Newton
Australia Cam Richardson
Morris Cooper S 89 51
DNF D 17 Australia Graham Ryan
Australia Ray Lintott
Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 89 14
DNF D 26 New Zealand Ray Thackwell
Australia Barry Coleman
Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 89 22
DNF A 58 Australia Lynn Brown
Australia Paul Hamilton
Morris Cooper S 77 45
DNF C 36 McLeod Kelso Lee Australia Bruce Stewart
Australia George Garth
Holden LC Torana GTR 75 31
DNF D 12 Australia Rod McRae
Australia Tony Niovanni
Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 64 21
DNF B 42 Australia Graham Ritter
Australia Tony Farrell
Ford Escort Twin Cam Mk.I 64 25
DNF D 27 New Zealand Leo Leonard
Australia Ernie Sprague
Chrysler Valiant Charger R/T E49 62 17
DNF D 30 Australia John Stoopman
Australia Dennis Martin
Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 61 30
DNF D 23 Australia Jim Hunter
Australia Phil Ward
Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 58 16
DNF A 53 Australia Ian Cook
Australia Terry Finnigan
Honda Civic 56 48
DNF D 16 Australia Tony Allen
Australia Phil Brock
Chrysler Valiant Charger R/T E49 45 13
DNF D 19 Australia Allan Grice
Australia Keith Murray
Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 42 8
DNF D 13 Australia Bruce McPhee
Australia Tom Nailard
Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 41 15
DNF B 47 Australia Warren Thompson
Australia Rod Dale
Ford Escort Twin Cam Mk.I 36 33
DNF A 60 Australia Gary Leggatt
Australia Bob Wedd
Morris Cooper S 27 42
DNF D 20 Australia Ray Strong
Australia Ron Gillard
Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 25 37
DNF D 11 Australia Des West
Australia Bill Brown
Chrysler Valiant Charger R/T E49 17 12
DNF D 6 Ford Australia Australia Fred Gibson
Australia Barry Seton
Ford XA Falcon GT Hardtop 17 7
DNF B 40 Brian Foley Motors Australia Christine Gibson
Australia Sue Ransom
Alfa Romeo GTV 2000 5 24
DNF D 7 Ron Hodgson Racing Australia Bob Morris
Australia John Leffler
Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 4 6
DNF A 66 Australia John Dellaca
Australia Jon Leighton
Morris Cooper S 3 47
DNF D 25 Australia Pat Peck
Australia Darrilyn Huit
Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 3 26
DNS D 14 Australia John Duggan
Australia Gordon Rich
Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1

Statistics[edit]

  • Pole Position - #5 John Goss - 2:33.4
  • Fastest Lap - #5 John Goss - 2:34.8 - Lap 2 (lap record)
  • Average Speed - 137 km/h
  • Race Time - 7:20:06.8

References[edit]

  1. ^ Greenhalgh, David; Thomas B. Floyd; Bill Tuckey (2000). Australia's Greatest Motor Race 1960-1999. Chevron Publishing Group. pp. 194–201 & 461. ISBN 1-875221-12-3. 

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