1974 Hardie-Ferodo 1000

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1974 Hardie-Ferodo 1000
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John Goss’s reproduction of the winning Ford XA Falcon GT

The 1974 Hardie-Ferodo 1000 was an endurance race for Group C Touring Cars, held at the Mount Panorama Circuit near Bathurst in New South Wales, Australia on 6 October 1974. The race was Round 3 of the 1974 Australian Manufacturers' Championship [1] and was the 15th in a sequence of annual “Bathurst 1000” races commencing with the 1960 Armstrong 500.

The wettest race in the event's history to that time saw John Goss and Kevin Bartlett take victory in a Ford Falcon GT under pressure in the late stages from the Holden Torana SL/R 5000 L34 of Bob Forbes and Wayne Negus. In what become the slowest of all the Bathurst 1000 kilometre races, New Zealand drivers Jim Richards and Rod Coppins finished third, five laps down in another Holden Torana slr 5000 L34..

The #1 Holden Dealer Team Torana of pole winner Peter Brock and Brian Sampson dominated the first ⅔ of the race and had built up an incredible 6 lap lead over the field until their race was ended on lap 118. The expected challenge from defending race winner Allan Moffat and his co-driver, 1971 European Touring Car Champion Dieter Glemser in their XB Falcon was in trouble early. Moffat, who had easily won the Sandown 250 a month earlier, only qualified in 15th place and after numerous engine and gearbox problems, the Falcon was retired after 92 laps with engine failure.

Class structure[edit]

Cars competed in four engine capacity classes.[2]

Up to 1300cc[edit]

The Up to 1300cc class [2] was contested by Alfa Romeo GT 1300 Junior, Datsun 1200, Ford Escort, Honda Civic, Mazda 1300, Morris Cooper S and Morris Clubman GT.

1301 – 2000cc[edit]

The 1301 – 2000cc class [2] was contested by Alfa Romeo Alfetta, Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV, Datsun 180B, Ford Escort, Mazda RX-3 and Volkswagen Passat.

2001 – 3000cc[edit]

The 2001 – 3000cc class [2] was contested by BMW 3.0Si, Datsun 240K, Ford Capri, Holden Torana, Leyland Marina and Mazda RX-3.

3001 – 6000cc[edit]

The 3001 – 6000cc class [2] was contested by Ford Falcon, Holden Monaro and Holden Torana.

Top 10 Qualifiers[edit]

Pos No Team Driver Car Qual
Pole 1 Holden Dealer Team Australia Peter Brock Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 2:30.8
2 2 Holden Dealer Team Australia Colin Bond Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 2:31.6
3 5 McLeod Ford - 2UW Australia John Goss Ford XA Falcon GT Hardtop 2:35.9
4 5 Bob Jane Racing Australia Bob Jane Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 2:36.1
5 12 Norman G Booth Pty Ltd Australia John Harvey Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 2:37.6
6 6 Suttons Motors (Arncliffe) Pty Ltd Australia Don Holland Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 2:38.2
7 21 WD & HO Wills (Aust) Ltd Australia Allan Grice Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 2:39.5
8 9 R Coppins New Zealand Jim Richards Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 2:38.2
9 11 Barry Nixon-Smith Australia Barry Nixon-Smith Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 2:41.6
10 7 Ron Hodgson Motors Australia Bob Morris Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 2:42.1

Results[edit]

Pos. [3] Class [2] No. [2] Entrant [2] Drivers [3] Car [2] [3] Laps [3] Qual
Pos. [3]
1 3001 – 6000cc 5 McLeod Ford - 2UW Australia John Goss
Australia Kevin Bartlett
Ford XA Falcon GT Hardtop 163 3
2 3001 – 6000cc 4 Bob Forbes Australia Bob Forbes
Australia Wayne Negus
Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 163 11
3 3001 – 6000cc 9 R Coppins New Zealand Jim Richards
New Zealand Rod Coppins
Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 158 8
4 3001 – 6000cc 2 Holden Dealer Team Australia Colin Bond
Australia Bob Skelton
Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 156 2
5 3001 – 6000cc 14 Graeme Adams - Shell Racing Australia Graeme Adams
Australia Bob Stevens
Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 155 13
6 2001 – 3000cc 30 Mazda Racing Team Australia Tony Farrell
Australia Brian Reed
Mazda RX-3 152 24
7 2001 – 3000cc 28 Datsun Racing Team Australia Stewart McLeod
Australia Doug Whiteford
Datsun 240K 152 30
8 2001 – 3000cc 31 WA Fisher (Holdings) Pty Ltd Australia Bernie Haehnle
Australia Geoff Brabham
Mazda RX-3 151 23
9 1301 – 2000cc 39 Ray Gulson Australia Ray Gulson
Australia David Crowther
Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV 151 27
10 1301 – 2000cc 42 Bainbridge Motors Australia Mel Mollison
Australia Bruce Hindhaugh
Mazda RX-3 150 34
11 3001 – 6000cc 22 Bayside Holden Australia John Stoopman
Australia Dennis Martin
Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 150 18
12 1301 – 2000cc 48 Torque Australia Brian Foley
Australia Peter Wherrett
Alfa Romeo Alfetta 150 37
13 2001 – 3000cc 35 Kernal Motors (Mazda) Flemington Australia Ted Brewster
Australia Nick Louis
Mazda RX-3 149 31
14 1301 – 2000cc 44 Bob Holden Motors - Shell Racing Australia Geoff Leeds
Australia Peter Finlay
Ford Escort Twin Cam Mk.I 147 36
15 2001 – 3000cc 27 Mollison Motors Pty Ltd Australia Roger Bonhomme
Australia Bob Watson
Holden LC Torana GTR 146 32
16 1301 – 2000cc 47 Klosters Pty Ltd Australia Jim Sullivan
Australia Ian White
Ford Escort Twin Cam Mk.I 143 48
17 Up to 1300cc 57 G Leggatt Australia Gary Leggatt
Australia Peter Lander
Morris Cooper S 142 35
18 Up to 1300cc 63 Auto Village - Nowra Australia Ken Brian
Australia Noel Riley
Honda Civic 142 55
19 Up to 1300cc 60 Fred's Treds Pty Ltd Australia Ron Gillard
Australia Gordon Rich
Alfa Romeo GT 1300 Junior 140 54
20 Up to 1300cc 59 Clement Motors Australia David Clement
Australia Neil Mason
Morris Cooper S 140 47
21 3001 – 6000cc 10 Niel West Motors Australia Neil West
Australia Peter Harding
Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 138 22
22 Up to 1300cc 61 Honda Australia Pty Ltd Australia Max McGinley
Australia Ray Harrison
Honda Civic 135 57
23 3001 – 6000cc 8 Darrell Lea Chocolate Shops Pty Ltd Australia Ron Dickson
Australia Pat Crea
Holden HQ Monaro GTS 350 130 17
24 Up to 1300cc 68 Bob Williamson Motors Australia Chick Audsley
Australia Bob Williamson
Morris Cooper S 128 53
25 1301 – 2000cc 34 St George Port Hacking Auto Club Australia Peter Molesworth
Australia Neil Byers
Leyland Marina [4] 125 59
26 Up to 1300cc 55 Ian Cook - Paul Gulson Australia Ian Cook
Australia Paul Gulson
Alfa Romeo GT 1300 Junior 121 58
DNF 3001 – 6000cc 20 Dustings of Burwood Australia Rod McRae
Australia Russ McRae
Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 146 43
DNF 1301 – 2000cc 51 WH Motors Pty Ltd Australia Bruce Stewart
Australia George Garth
Datsun 180B SSS 143 44
DNF 1301 – 2000cc 40 Somewhere Estates Australia Alan Cant
Australia George Morrell
Ford Escort Twin Cam Mk.I 137 33
DNF 3001 – 6000cc 6 Suttons Motors (Arncliffe) Pty Ltd Australia Don Holland
Australia Max Stewart
Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 134 6
DNF Up to 1300cc 56 James Mason Motors Pty Ltd Australia Lynn Brown
Australia Paul Hamilton
Mazda 1300 124 56
DNF 3001 – 6000cc 1 Holden Dealer Team Australia Peter Brock
Australia Brian Sampson
Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 118 1
DNF 2001 – 3000cc 29 John Palmer Motors Australia Gary Cooke
Australia Bob Beasely
Mazda RX-3 110 26
DNF Up to 1300cc 69 Victoria Police Motor Sport Club Australia Robin Dudfield
Australia Gary Keen
Alfa Romeo GT 1300 Junior 105 60
DNF Up to 1300cc 54 Lordco (Australia) Pty Ltd Australia John Lord
Australia Ray Molloy
Morris Cooper S 104 40
DNF 1301 – 2000cc 50 Orange City Motors Australia David Seldon
Australia Peter Webster
Volkswagen Passat TS 101 45
DNF Up to 1300cc 67 SL Driving School Australia Jim Stewart
Australia John Byers
Morris Clubman GT [5] 100 49
DNF 3001 – 6000cc 33 Allan Moffat Racing Canada Allan Moffat
West Germany Dieter Glemser
Ford XB Falcon GT Hardtop 92 15
DNF Up to 1300cc 66 Mini Bits Australia John Dellaca
Australia Terry Wade
Morris Cooper S 91 52
DNF 3001 – 6000cc 18 Murray Carter Australia Murray Carter
Australia Mike Stillwell
Ford XB Falcon GT Hardtop 88 20
DNF 3001 – 6000cc 19 Garry and Warren Smith Australia John Pollard
Australia Denis Gallagher [2]
Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 85 16
DNF 3001 – 6000cc 16 Insulfluf Home Insulation Australia Graeme Blanchard
Australia Ken Hastings
Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 77 12
DNF 3001 – 6000cc 17 William Nitschke Australia Bill Nitschke
Australia John Lewis
Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 76 14
DNF 1301 – 2000cc 43 John French Pty Ltd Australia John French
Australia Dick Johnson
Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV 71 21
DNF 3001 – 6000cc 11 Barry Nixon-Smith Australia Barry Nixon-Smith
Australia Denis Geary
Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 71 9
DNF Up to 1300cc 58 Ken Harrison - Shell Racing Australia Bob Holden
Australia Lyndon Arnel
Ford Escort GT1300 Mk.I 68 46
DNF 3001 – 6000cc 7 Ron Hodgson Motors Australia Bob Morris
Australia John Leffler
Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 63 10
DNF Up to 1300cc 62 Datsun Racing Team Australia James Laing-Peach
Australia Bill Evans
Datsun 1200 59 50
DNF 2001 – 3000cc 26 WH Motors Pty Ltd Australia Barry Seton
Australia Don Smith
Holden LC Torana GTR 56 28
DNF Up to 1300cc 41 Peter Brown Australia Peter Brown
Australia Graham Ritter
Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV 54 25
DNF 1301 – 2000cc 46 Formula 1 Europa Garage Australia Tony Allen
Australia Lakis Manticas
Alfa Romeo Alfetta 37 41
DNF 2001 – 3000cc 25 Geoff Perry Australia Geoff Perry
Australia Fred Sutherland
BMW 3.0 Si 29 42
DNF 2001 – 3000cc 32 Geoff Newton Australia Geoff Newton
Australia Bill Davis
Ford Capri V6 Mk.I 29 38
DNF 3001 – 6000cc 21 WD & HO Wills (Aust) Ltd Australia Allan Grice
Australia Graham Moore
Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 19 7
DNF 3001 – 6000cc 13 Les Grose Australia Bruce McPhee
Australia Les Grose
Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 19 39
DNF 3001 – 6000cc 15 Kevin Kennedy Australia Kevin Kennedy
Australia Steve Land
Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 13 19
DNF 3001 – 6000cc 3 Bob Jane Racing Australia Bob Jane
Australia Frank Gardner
Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 7 4
DNF 3001 – 6000cc 12 Norman G Booth Pty Ltd Australia Jim Hunter
Australia John Harvey
Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 5 5
DNF 1301 – 2000cc 45 Peter Mac's Towing Pty Ltd Australia Geoff Wade
Australia Roger Mahoney
Ford Escort Twin Cam Mk.I 1 51
DSQ 1301 – 2000cc 49 AF & M Beninca Pty Ltd Australia Jim Murcott
Australia Mal Robertson
Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV 153 29
DNS 3001 – 6000cc 23 Taylor’s College Racing United Kingdom Peter Janson
Australia Paul Feltham
Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000
DNS 2001 – 3000cc 36 Simpson Motors Australia John Wharton
Australia John English
Mazda RX-3
DNS 1301 – 2000cc 38 Bryan Byrt Ford Pty Ltd Australia John Stevens
Australia Peter Wells
Ford Escort GT1600 Mk.I
DNS 1301 – 2000cc 52 WD Electrics Australia Warren Thomson
Australia Richard Matthews
Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV
DNS 1301 – 2000cc 53 G Baglee Australia Gary Baglee
Australia David Condon
Chrysler Valiant Galant GL
DNS Up to 1300cc 64 David Montgomery Motors Pty Ltd Australia Terry Shiel
Australia Tony Mulvihill
Mazda 1300

Statistics[edit]

  • Pole Position - #1 Peter Brock - 2:30.8 [3]
  • Fastest Lap - #1 Peter Brock - 2:29.8 (Average Speed 128 km/h) [6] (lap record)
  • Race time for winning car - 7:51:43 [3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Manufacturers Championships Review, Australian Competition Yearbook, 1975 Edition, pages 120-145
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Entry List, Official Programme, 1974 Hardie-Ferodo 1000, pages 35 & 37
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Greenhalgh, David; Thomas B. Floyd; Bill Tuckey (2000). Australia's Greatest Motor Race 1960-1999. Chevron Publishing Group. pp. 202–209 & 462. ISBN 1-875221-12-3. 
  4. ^ Steve Maher. The last of the true privateers – Leyland Marina at Bathurst 1974, as archived at www.webcitation.org from www.leylandp76.com on 13 October 2012 Retrieved on 29 November 2013
  5. ^ Mini Mystery Solved, BMC Experience Issue 5, April–June 2013, Page 84
  6. ^ Race results at www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au Retrieved on 29 November 2013

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