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    Layout of the Mount Panorama Circuit (1938-1986)
    A "race replica" of the winning Ford XR Falcon GT of Harry Firth and Fred Gibson
    A "race replica" of the second placed Ford XR Falcon GT of Ian Geoghegan and Leo Geoghegan

    The 1967 Gallaher 500 was a motor race for Production Saloon Cars[1] held at the Mount Panorama Circuit just outside Bathurst in New South Wales, Australia on 1 October 1967. The race, which was the eighth running of the Phillip Island 500/Bathurst 500, was organised by the Australian Racing Drivers Club Ltd and promoted by Gallaher International (Aust) Ltd.

    Each competing car was required to be a production saloon competing in standard specification as laid down in the manufacturer's standard workshop manual.[2] Optional extras and open exhausts were not permitted.[2] To be eligibile to compete, a car had to be an Australian built or assembled model of which 200 examples had been registered in Australia by 30 September 1967, or a fully imported model of which 100 examples had been registered in Australia by the same date.[2]

    In a seminal moment for the race, the first Australian-built V8-powered Ford Falcons competed in the form of seven Falcon GTs and a Falcon automatic. In a race long duel against three Alfa Romeo 1600 GTVs, two entered by Alec Mildren Racing and one by M.W. Motors, the Ford Motor Company-entered Falcon GTs achieved a one-two finish with Harry Firth and Fred Gibson acknowledged as race winners after confusion over lap-scoring briefly left uncertainty over the results. Brothers Leo and Ian Geoghegan finished second with the two Alec Mildren Racing Alfa Romeos of Doug Chivas / Max Stewart and Kevin Bartlett / Laurie Stewart all finishing on the same lap as the winning car. It was Firth's fourth Phillip Island 500/Bathurst 500 victory, equalling Bob Jane's record.

    The confusion over the result stemmed from the Geoghegan brothers' first pit stop. Driving the opening stint, Leo Geoghegan's pole winning Falcon almost ran out of fuel coming past the pits. As he could not reverse into pit lane without being disqualified, Leo went in through the back gate to the pits located on Mountain Straight, and came back into pit lane through the paddock gate. Although he had not completed the lap, as he crossed the finish line in pit lane (located before he got to his pit bay) he was mistakenly credited with completing the lap. Firth, who knew this, was livid with the Australian Racing Drivers Club when the Geoghegan car was flagged in first, despite finishing 11 seconds behind Gibson (although he knew that he'd completed his 130th lap, Gibson completed another lap as he had not yet been shown the chequered flag). Firth, immediately protested the result and it was not until later that evening that he and Gibson were installed as race winners. Firth's protest led to long standing animosity between himself and the Geoghegan team who were teammates for the race, with Leo contending until his death in 2015 that he and his brother won the race.[3]

    Class structure

    Cars competed in five classes based on the purchase price of the vehicle in Australian dollars.

    Class A

    The lowest class was for under cars retailing for less $1,800. It comprised Datsun 1000 and 1300, Hillman GT,[1] Holden Torana and Toyota Corolla.

    Class B

    The $1,801 to $2,100 class featured Ford Cortina, Hillman Arrow, and Morris Cooper and 1100S, Renault R8 and Toyota Corona.

    Class C

    The $2,101 to $3,000 class was dominated by the Morris Cooper S, but also contained Fiat 124 and 850, an automatic gearbox Ford Falcon, Holden HD X2 and Prince Skyline GT.

    Class D

    The $3,001 to $4,500 class featured the debut of the 'Australian V8's which would dominate the history of the race, represented by Ford Falcon GT, but also contained single entries of Alfa Romeo Giulia, Audi Super 90, Studebaker Lark, Triumph 2000 and Volvo 122.

    Class E

    For the first time an unlimited class, for cars over $4,500, was included and while many exotic cars were rumoured the class ultimately contained four Alfa Romeo 1600 GTVs and a single Dodge Phoenix TD2.

    Practice results

    For 1967, race regulations were changed such that all grid positions were decided on practice times, regardless of class.[4] Prior to this, the cars were gridded according to practice times but within their respective classes with the highest class starting at the front of the grid and so on.

    The first ten places were as follows:

    Pos. No. Entrant[1] Driver Car Qual.
    1 53 Ford Motor Company Australia Ian Geoghegan Ford XR Falcon GT 3:03.0
    2 52 Ford Motor Company Australia Fred Gibson Ford XR Falcon GT 3:03.2
    3 61 Alec Mildren Racing Pty. Ltd. Australia Kevin Bartlett Alfa Romeo 1600 GTV 3:03.5
    4 60 Alec Mildren Racing Pty. Ltd. Australia Doug Chivas Alfa Romeo 1600 GTV 3:05.2
    5 54 Ford Motor Company Australia Bob Jane Ford XR Falcon GT 3:05.2
    6 62 M.W. Motors Pty. Ltd Australia Paul Hawkins Alfa Romeo 1600 GTV 3:05.7
    7 51 J. & B. Motors Australia Des West Ford XR Falcon GT 3:06.0
    8 49 M. Savva Australia Mike Savva Ford XR Falcon GT 3:06.8
    9 50 Gregory's (Motors) Pty. Ltd. Australia Greg Cusack Ford XR Falcon GT NA
    10 55 Needham's Motors Pty. Ltd. Australia Warren Weldon Studebaker Lark NA

    Race results

    Pos Class Class
    pos
    No Entrant[1] Drivers Car Laps Qual
    Pos
    1 D 1 52 Ford Motor Company Australia Harry Firth
    Australia Fred Gibson
    Ford XR Falcon GT 130 2
    2 D 2 53 Ford Motor Company Australia Ian Geoghegan
    Australia Leo Geoghegan
    Ford XR Falcon GT 130 1
    3 E 1 60 Alec Mildren Racing Pty. Ltd. Australia Doug Chivas
    Australia Max Stewart
    Alfa Romeo 1600 GTV 130 4
    4 E 2 61 Alec Mildren Racing Pty. Ltd. Australia Kevin Bartlett
    Australia Laurie Stewart
    Alfa Romeo 1600 GTV 130 3
    5 C 1 30 British Motor Corporation United Kingdom Tony Fall
    Australia Bob Holden
    Morris Cooper S 128 14
    6 C 2 37 C. Smith Australia Charlie Smith
    Australia Barry Seton
    Morris Cooper S 127 15
    7 C 3 29 British Motor Corporation Finland Timo Mäkinen
    Australia John French
    Morris Cooper S 127 12
    8 C 4 28 British Motor Corporation United Kingdom Paddy Hopkirk
    Australia Brian Foley
    Morris Cooper S 126 11
    9 E 3 63 S.T.P. Scientifically Treated Petroleum Australia Australia Arthur Davis
    Australia Paul Mander
    Alfa Romeo 1600 GTV 126 20
    10 C 5 40 Marque Motors Australia Damon Beck
    Australia Lakis Manticas
    Morris Cooper S 125 18
    11 D 3 55 Needham's Motors Pty. Ltd. Australia Warren Weldon
    Australia John Hall
    Studebaker Lark 124 10
    12 C 6 45 Martinz Place Australia John Millyard
    Australia Andy Frankel
    Morris Cooper S 124 16
    13 D 4 49 M. Savva Australia Mike Savva
    Australia Bob Wilkinson
    Ford XR Falcon GT 124 8
    14 C 7 36 Baulkam Hills Service Station Australia Peter Brown
    Australia Bob Cook
    Morris Cooper S 123 21
    15 D 5 58 Bill Burns Australia Bill Burns
    Australia Chris Brauer
    Alfa Romeo Giulia Super 122 23
    16 D 6 57 Scuderia Veloce Australia David McKay
    Australia George Reynolds
    Audi Super 90 122 25
    17 D 7 50 Gregory's (Motors) Pty. Ltd. Australia Greg Cusack
    Australia Bill Brown
    Ford XR Falcon GT 121 9
    18 D 8 54 Ford Motor Company Australia Bob Jane
    Australia Spencer Martin
    Ford XR Falcon GT 118 5
    19 E 4 64 Barnard Auto. Spares Australia Barry Sharp
    Australia Lindsay Derriman
    Dodge Phoenix TD2 118 29
    20 C 8 42 Scuderia Veloce Australia Bill Tuckey
    Australia Max Stahl
    Fiat 124 118 31
    21 C 9 27 Victorian Police Motor Sports Club Australia Fred Sutherland
    Australia Allan Mottram
    Ford XR Falcon Automatic 117 22
    22 D 9 48 Australian Motor Industries Ltd. Australia Bob Young
    Australia Bob Sorrenson
    Triumph 2000 117 33
    23 A 1 2 Datsun Racing Team Australia John Roxburgh
    Australia Doug Whiteford
    Datsun 1000 117 38
    24 C 10 47 John Caskey Pty. Ltd. Australia Bill Daly
    Australia George Murray
    Fiat 124 117 37
    25 E 5 62 M.W. Motors Pty. Ltd. Australia Paul Hawkins
    Australia Syd Fisher
    Alfa Romeo 1600 GTV 117 6
    26 A 2 12 Australian Motor Industries Ltd. Australia Dick Thurston
    Australia Bill Buckle
    Toyota Corolla 116 44
    27 B 1 16 Gordon Stewarts Sports Car Centre Australia Don Holland
    Australia Peter Cray
    Morris Cooper 116 36
    28 A 3 1 Datsun Racing Team Japan Kunimitsu Takahashi
    Japan Hideo Oishi
    Datsun 1000 116 40
    29 C 11 41 Scuderia Veloce Australia Mike Kable
    Australia John Smailes
    Fiat 124 115 32
    30 A 4 8 Eiffel Tower Motors Pty. Ltd. Australia Jack Nougher
    Australia David O'Keefe
    Hillman GT[1] 114 42
    31 A 5 9 B.P. Olympic Service Station (Cowra) Australia Bob Edgerton
    Australia David Toshack
    Hillman GT[1] 114 51
    32 B 2 24 Sharton Motors (Maitland) Australia George Garth
    Australia Geoff Westbury
    Hillman Arrow 114 47
    33 C 12 35 Frank Crott Motors Pty. Ltd. Australia Gary Cooke
    Australia Trevor Meehan
    Fiat 124 113 30
    34 C 13 31 C. Kennedy Australia Carl Kennedy
    Australia Jack Murray
    Prince Skyline GT 113 39
    35 B 3 15 A. Treloar Australia Doug Macarthur
    Australia Arthur Treloar
    Hillman Arrow 111 48
    36 B 4 25 Everybody's Australia Jane Richardson
    Australia Midge Whiteman
    Morris 1100S 110 58
    37 B 5 18 D. Frazer Australia David Frazer
    Australia Bernie Breen
    Renault R8 109 57
    38 C 14 34 Frank Crott Motors Pty. Ltd. Australia Lynn Brown
    Australia David Bye
    Fiat 850 109 55
    39 B 6 13 C. Hodgins Australia Clyde Hodgins
    Australia Kevin Nipperess
    Morris 1100S 108 56
    40 D 10 59 Wright Ford Motors Australia Bruce McIntyre
    Australia Ken Stacey
    Ford XR Falcon GT 106 13
    41 A 6 5 C. J. Cocran Australia Chris Cronan
    Australia Steve Parkes
    Holden HB Torana 103 60
    42 A 7 6 Dependable Motors (Sales) Pty. Ltd. Australia Bruce Darke
    Australia Bill Ford
    Datsun 1300 102 59
    43 B 7 20 Marque Motors Australia Lindsay Adcock
    Australia Mike Schneider
    Morris Cooper 100 35
    44 A 8 3 Datsun Racing Team Australia Jim Smith
    Australia John Colwell
    Datsun 1300 100 52
    45 B 8 17 Vaughan & Lane Pty. Ltd. Australia Bill Stanley
    Australia Digby Cooke
    Morris Cooper 96 43
    46 B 9 19 J. Thompson Australia Jeff Thompson
    Australia Bob Romano
    Ford Cortina Mk.I 1500 96 49
    47 D 11 56 British & Continental Cars Pty. Ltd. Australia Gerry Lister
    Australia David Seldon
    Volvo 122S 86 26
    48 C 15 44 H. Taylor Australia Don Smith
    Australia Herb Taylor
    Holden HD X2 75 27
    DNF A 7 Dunbier Motors Pty. Ltd. Australia Lindsay Little
    Australia Stan Pomroy
    Hillman GT[1] 53
    DNF A 4 Datsun Racing Team Australia Barry Tapsall
    Australia Bevan Gibson
    Datsun 1300 50
    DNF B 22 Rural Motors Pty. Ltd. Australia Glen Mackinnon
    Australia John T. Smith
    Ford Cortina Mk.I 1500 111 [5] 54
    DNF B 23 Varsity Auto Centre Australia Rick Radford
    Australia John Prisk
    Morris Cooper 64 28
    DNF C 33 Gordon Stewart's Car Centre Australia Mal Brewster
    Australia Bob Skelton
    Morris Cooper S 121 [5] 17
    DNF C 32 M. Bailey Australia Murray Bailey
    Australia John Hicks
    Prince Skyline GT 34
    DNF C 46 Denis Geary Motors Pty. Ltd. Australia Gary Hodge
    Australia Glyn Scott
    Morris Cooper S 44 [5] 24
    DNF C 26 J. Leffler Australia John Leffler
    Australia Les Carne
    Morris Cooper S 116 19
    DSQ D 51 J. & B. Motors Australia Bob Beasley
    Australia Des West
    Ford XR Falcon GT 128 7
    DSQ A 11 Australian Motor Industries Ltd. Australia Barry Ferguson
    Australia Brian Sampson
    Toyota Corolla 117 45
    DSQ A 10 Australian Motor Industries Ltd. Australia Bruce Hindhaugh
    Australia Peter Macrow
    Toyota Corolla 116 46
    DSQ B 21 Peter Williamson Pty. Ltd Australia Peter Williamson
    Australia Alex Macarthur
    Toyota Corona 116 41

    Statistics

    • Pole Position - #53 Ian Geoghegan - 3:03.0
    • Fastest Lap - #52 Fred Gibson - 3:03 (lap record)
    • Average Speed - 116 km/h
    • Race Time - 6:55:08

    References

    • Greenhalgh, David; Thomas B. Floyd; Bill Tuckey (2000). Australia's Greatest Motor Race 1960-1999. Chevron Publishing Group. pp. 146–153 & 455. ISBN 1-875221-12-3.
    1. ^ a b c d e f g Official Programme, The Gallaher 500, Bathurst, 1st October 1967
    2. ^ a b c Extra Class in Gallaher '500', Australian Motor Manual, July 1967, page 27
    3. ^ Mount Panorama Bathurst - The Great Race - 1967 highlights
    4. ^ Bill Tuckey, Australia'a Greatest Motor Race, The Complete History, 1981, page 122
    5. ^ a b c David Greenhaigh, Thomas B. Floyd & Bill Tuckey, Australia's Greatest Motor Race 1960-1999, page 522

    Further reading

    • Evan Green's World of Motor Sport, 1977, pages 191–192

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