Tony Roberts (racing driver)
Antony Martin Roberts, (17 November 1938 – 2000), was an Australian race and rally driver.
Roberts won the 1968 Datsun 3 Hour Trophy at Sandown in Melbourne with Bob Watson, giving the Holden HK Monaro GTS327 a debut victory. In 1969 Roberts, then a prominent rally driver competing for a major Holden dealership, and with just a single season of circuit racing experience, was invited by Harry Firth to join his newly formed Holden Dealer Team and went on to take victory co-driving with Colin Bond in the 1969 Hardie-Ferodo 500 HDT Holden HT Monaro GTS350.
Roberts and Bond won the 1970 Rothmans 12 Hour at Surfers Paradise, also in an HDT Monaro GTS350. Then Roberts drove a Holden Torana sports sedan which was used as a prototype for the Torana GTR XU-1 which debuted later in the year.
During the 1970 Hardie-Ferodo 500 Roberts was involved in a sensational incident late in the race when, after losing control, he launched his Ford XW Falcon GTHO Phase II backwards over Skyline before tumbling down the hillside.
Complete Bathurst 500/1000 results
|1968||AM Roberts||Bob Watson||Holden HK Monaro GTS327||D||129||3rd||3rd|
|1969||Holden Dealer Team||Colin Bond||Holden HT Monaro GTS350||D||130||1st||1st|
|1970||The Tony Roberts Team||Ford XW Falcon GTHO Phase II||E||124||DNF||DNF|
|1971||Dusting & Co Pty Ltd||Holden LC Torana GTR XU-1||D||125||17th||10th|
|1972||Essendon Chrysler||Lawrie Nelson||Chrysler VH Valiant Charger R/T E49||D||NA||DNF||DNF|
|1976||Clemens Sporting Car Servies Pty Ltd||Frank Porter||Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTAm||1301cc – 2000cc||149||16th||4th|
|1977||Bill Patterson Racing||Doug Chivas||Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34||3001cc – 6000cc||154||7th||6th|
Complete Sandown Enduro results
|1968||Bob Watson||Holden HK Monaro GTS327||D||116||1st||1st|
|1970||Ford XW Falcon GTHO Phase II||E||NA||NA||5th|
|1971||Dustings of Burwood||Holden LC Torana GTR XU-1||D||124||3rd||2nd|
- Greenhalgh, David, "Vale Tony Roberts" in Normoyle, Steve (Ed.) The Great Race 2001 (Chevron Publishing, 2001) p. 52.
|Winner of the Sandown 3 Hour
(with Bob Watson)
|Winner of the Bathurst 500
(with Colin Bond)