The 1971 Australian Manufacturers' Championship was a CAMS sanctioned Australian motor racing title open to Group E Series Production Touring Cars.[1] The championship, which was the inaugural Australian Manufacturers' Championship,[2] was won by General Motors-Holden's.[2]


The championship was contested over a five heat series,[1] with each heat being a single race staged over a minimum duration of three hours.[1]

Heat Race Circuit Date Winning driver Car Entrant Report
1 Rothmans 3 Hour[3] Mount Panorama[4] 12 April[4] Canada Allan Moffat[4] Ford XW Falcon GTHO[4] Ford Works Team[4] Report
2 Castrol Trophy[5] Warwick Farm[6] 2 May[6] Australia Colin Bond[6] Holden LC Torana GTR XU-1[6] Holden Dealer Team[6] Report
3 Sandown 250[7] Sandown Raceway[7] 12 September[7] Australia Colin Bond[7] Holden LC Torana GTR XU-1[7] Holden Dealer Team[7] Report
4 Phillip Island 500K[8] Phillip Island[8] 24 October[8] Australia Colin Bond[8] Holden LC Torana GTR XU-1[8] Holden Dealer Team[8] Report
5 Rothmans 250[9] Surfers Paradise[9] 7 November[10] Canada Allan Moffat[9] Ford XY Falcon GTHO[9] Ford Works Team[9] Report

Class Structure

Cars competed in five classes based on a Capacity / Price index in which the engine capacity in litres was multiplied by the retail price to determine the CP units for each model.[4]

  • Class A: 0-3,000 CP units[4]
  • Class B: 3,001-4,600 CP units[4]
  • Class C: 4,601-9,000 CP units[4]
  • Class D: 9,001-18,000 CP units[4]
  • Class E: Over 18,000 CP units[4]

Points system

Championship points were awarded on a 9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis for the first nine positions in each class plus 4-3-2-1 for the first four positions outright.[1] Only the best placed car from a manufacturer was eligible to score points.[11]


Position Manufacturer Bat War San Phi Sur Total
1[2] General Motors-Holden's [2] 11 13 13 13 10 60[11]
2[11] Ford[11] 13 11 12 9 13 58[11]

Note: Championship placings below second position are not known.


  1. ^ a b c d Australian Title Conditions, 1971 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, page 82
  2. ^ a b c d Records, Titles and Awards, 2006 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, page 14-4
  3. ^ John Medley, Bathurst, Cradle of Australian Motor Racing, pages 424-428
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Max Stahl, Fords 1-2 in “MF” Opener, Racing Car News, May 1971, pages 54-55
  5. ^ Bryan Hanrahan, Motor Racing The Australian Way, page 46
  6. ^ a b c d e Max Stahl, Toranas Top Funny Farm, Racing Car News, June 1971, pages 44-47
  7. ^ a b c d e f Tom Naughton, Bartlett’s Game Comeback, Racing Car News, October 1971, pages 68-71
  8. ^ a b c d e f Tom Naughton, Torana Takes Island Thriller, Racing Car News, December 1971, pages 68-70
  9. ^ a b c d e Des White, Moffat’s 250, Torana's Title, Racing Car News, December 1971, pages 68-70
  10. ^ Bruce Waddell, Moffat by half lap in “250”, Brisbane Courier Mail, Monday, November 8, 1971
  11. ^ a b c d e Rob Luck, Fantastic Finale, Modern Motor, January 1972, page 91