Alec Mildren

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Alec Mildren
Nationality Australian
Born 1915 [1]
Died 1998 [1]
Australian Drivers' Championship
Years active 1957 to 1961
Best finish 1st in 1960 Australian Drivers' Championship
Championship titles
1960
1960
Australian Drivers' Championship
Australian Grand Prix

Alec Mildren (1915–1998) was active in Australian motor racing as a driver from 1938 to 1961, and subsequently as the owner of Alec Mildren Racing.

Racing career[edit]

Mildren began his racing career in an Austin in 1938 [2] and then raced a variety of cars including a Singer, a Ford Special, an MG TB and two Rileys.[2] These were followed by a series of Coopers, with Mildren placing second in both the 1958 and 1959 Australian Drivers' Championships. A Maserati powered Cooper T51 was campaigned during 1960, Mildren winning the 1960 Australian Grand Prix and the 1960 Australian Drivers' Championship. He retired from racing during 1961.[3]

Career results[edit]

Season Championship Position Car Entrant
1957 Australian Drivers' Championship 10th Cooper T20 Bristol
Cooper T41 Coventry Climax
AG Mildren
1958 Australian Drivers' Championship 2nd Cooper T43 Coventry Climax AG Mildren Pty Ltd
1959 Australian Drivers' Championship 2nd Cooper T43 Coventry Climax
Cooper T45 Coventry Climax
AG Mildren Pty Ltd
1960 Australian Drivers' Championship 1st Cooper T51 Maserati AG Mildren Pty Ltd
1961 Australian Drivers' Championship 5th Cooper T51 Maserati AG Mildren Pty Ltd

Alec Mildren Racing[edit]

Max Stewart in the Alec Mildren Racing entered Mildren Waggott in 1971

In late 1963 Mildren announced the formation of Alec Mildren Racing.[4] The team met with success in Australian endurance races, winning the 1964 Sandown 6 Hour International, the 1965 International 6 Hour Touring Car Race and the 1967 Surfers Paradise Four Hour with Alfa Romeos. Kevin Bartlett won the 1968 Australian Drivers' Championship in an Alec Mildren Racing entered Brabham and the 1969 Australian Drivers' Championship in the team’s Mildren Mono. The latter was one of a number of cars raced by the team under the Mildren marque name. Max Stewart won the 1969 and 1970 Australian Formula 2 Championships in the team's Mildren Waggott and then won the 1971 Australian Drivers' Championship in the same car, entered by Alec Mildren Racing in early rounds of the series and by Max Stewart Motors in later rounds.

Racing for Alec Mildren at the Bathurst Easter meeting in 1967, Kevin Bartlett set the first ever 100 mph (161 km/h) lap of the then 6.172 km (3.835 mi) Mount Panorama Circuit with a time of 2:17.7 in a 2.5 litre Brabham Coventry-Climax during the NSW Road Racing Championships. For his efforts Bartlett was awarded 100 bottles of champagne to add to the 20 bottles he had been awarded for winning the pole with a time of 2:17.2. On the same day Bartlett also drove one of Mildren's Alfa Romeo GTA's to victory in the touring car race over the Ford Mustang of Bob Jane who while having a power advantage with the Ford V8 engine, ran out of brakes at the end of the 4th lap. During the race Bartlett reduced Under 2.0 Litre lap record by some 9 seconds in the process, leaving the new mark at 2:44.9.[5]

Business interests[edit]

A family car dealership company, which was established by Mildren in 1953, continues to trade today (2014) as Mildren Prestige.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Driven to succeed : the Alec Mildren story, 1915-1998 / by Barry Green, catalogue.nla.gov.au Retrieved on 27 May 2014
  2. ^ a b Mike Kable, Alec Mildren wins CAMS 1960 Gold Star award, The Sydney Morning Herald, Monday, 14 November 1960, page 17
  3. ^ Australian Gold Star 1961, www.oldracingcars.com Retrieved on 28 May 2014
  4. ^ Mike Kable, Mildren to form new racing team, The Sydney Morning Herald, Monday, 9 December 1963, page 12.
  5. ^ Bathurst 1967 Easter Weekend
  6. ^ About Mildren prestige, www.mildrenprestige.com.au Retrieved on 28 May 2014
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Len Lukey
Winner of the Australian Drivers' Championship
1960
Succeeded by
Bill Patterson
Preceded by
Stan Jones
Winner of the Australian Grand Prix
1960
Succeeded by
Lex Davison