Layout of the Mount Panorama Circuit (1938-1986)

The 1973 Hardie-Ferodo 1000 was the 14th running of the Bathurst 1000 touring car race. This was the first race to be held under the new metricised distance of 1000 kilometres, rather than the 500 miles previously contested. It was held on 30 September 1973 at the Mount Panorama Circuit just outside Bathurst. The race was open to cars eligible to the locally developed CAMS Group C touring car regulations with four engine capacity based classes and it was the 3rd round of the 1973 Australian Manufacturers' Championship.

Allan Moffat claimed his third win in the event and the long-awaited first win for Ian Geoghegan driving a Ford Falcon GT. It was also the seventh and final win for the factory Ford Australia racing team. Peter Brock and Doug Chivas dropped from contention after their Holden Torana ran out of fuel, forcing Chivas to push the car uphill along the pit lane to make it to the Holden Dealer Team pit bay. Brock and Chivas finished on the same lap as Moffat and Ian Geoghegan, ahead of their teammates Colin Bond and Leo Geoghegan, also on the same lap, in third position.

Class structure

Replica of the race winning Ford XA Falcon GT Hardtop

Class A

The smallest class was for under 1300cc engine capacity. It was made up of Datsun 1200, Fiat 128, Honda Civic, Morris Cooper S and Renault R8.

Class B

The under two litre class saw a mix of Alfa Romeo GTV 2000, Datsun 180B, Ford Escort, Mazda RX-3 and Subaru 1400 GSR.

Class C

The under three litre class featured 2.8 litre Holden Torana and Mazda RX-2.

Class D

For cars over three litres of engine capacity, the class consisted of Chrysler Valiant Charger, Ford Falcon, Holden Monaro and the larger engined Toranas.

Race

Pole sitter Goss got off to a great start leading the Falcons of Moffat, French and Gibson from Brock's Torana. Gibson went out early with engine trouble and French made an unscheduled stop. This left Goss to make his first stop on lap 43 with a 40 second lead over Moffat and Brock, the later pair hardly separated by more than a few seconds until Moffat spun at Griffins on lap 44, losing about 20 seconds before making his first stop on lap 45 where he handed over to Geoghegan. Brock stopped on lap 54 and handed the car over to Chivas, whom they hoped could run the car long enough to only make one more pitstop in the race and one less than the Falcons, despite Brock reporting that the fuel gauge on the car had failed.[1] Bond momentarily took the lead of the race until making his stop on lap 61, well past a third distance proving that the Torana could do the race on just two stops.

Despite Moffat's spin and the Torana having a minute shorter pitstop than the Falcon, Geoghegan made up the difference to Chivas - taking second place from brother Leo Geoghegan (driving with Bond) and then retaking the lead of the race on lap 78. Bartlett (driving with early leader Goss) pitted on the same lap but Goss would be involved in a collision with Garth's overturned Torana and pitted for repairs on lap 105 putting them out of contention. Geoghegan was able to build a lead over Chivas before stopping and handing the car back to Moffat. Chivas held a 1'40" advantage over Moffat some time after the stop and was given the instruction from his pit board to "get max laps" only to run out of fuel on the top of the mountain and coast back to the pit entry. However, with the start of pitlane being uphill Chivas had to climb out and push the car, he also had to do this unassisted on penalty of disqualification until he himself had gotten the car far enough for his team to be allowed to assist. Moffat and Leo Geoghegan both passed Chivas as he strained to slowly push the car against the gradient after a long stint at the wheel.[2]

Moffat made his final stop on lap 123 of just 1'24", which was over a minute faster than his first, and was able to resume still leading Bond's Torana and cruise home to victory, the only danger being the #35 Mazda RX-2 rolling over ahead of him on his final lap. Any chance of Brock putting pressure back on Moffat was thwarted by the need to make a 15 second stop for more fuel on lap 147. He did however regain second place when Bond's left rear tyre blew across the top and he had to make an unscheduled stop of 30 seconds. Brock would have his own tyre failure with the right rear blowing out on the final lap but he continued to the finish at pace knowing the car only had to survive the remainder of that lap.[3]

Although the best surviving highlight reel of the day available now[4] clearly promotes the narrative of a certain Holden victory being lost due to miscalculation (Chivas running out of fuel) this is questionable at best with the benefit of hindsight (the film is credited to General Motors and their sponsors at the time). Clearly Moffat slowed significantly when no longer challenged for the race lead, so while it is possible he may have had his own trouble if pressed harder, it is certainly a hollow claim that because Brock and Chivas were able to finish within a lap of Moffat and Geoghegan despite running out of fuel they lost a certain race win. The race pace of the Torana's may have been compromised by trying to run to only two stops with Geoghegan able to make up about two and a quarter minutes over Chivas in his stint alone. Brock was the only driver to not haemorrhage time to the race winner but never got close to achieving the fuel economy required for his strategy to work, falling short on both his stints by as much as 16 laps. Brock obviously would have had to slow significantly more to complete the required laps. The real victim of this narrative is the incredible effort by John Goss not being a bigger part of the story. Despite Goss building his race car in his spare time[5] he was able to take pole position, set a new lap record and lead the factory entered cars by 40 seconds at his first pitstop. If not for some small exhaust issue, and a collision with a car that had illegally re-joined the race (after being towed), the 1973 Hardie-Ferodo 1000 may well have been celebrated as a Goss/Bartlett victory in the David versus Goliath style.

Top 10 Qualifiers

Pos No Team Driver Car Qual
Pole 5 McLeod Ford Australia John Goss Ford XA Falcon GT Hardtop 2:33.4
2 1 Holden Dealer Team Australia Peter Brock Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 2:34.4
3 9 Ford Motor Company of Australia Canada Allan Moffat Ford XA Falcon GT Hardtop 2:34.5
4 4 Bryan Byrt Ford Australia John French Ford XA Falcon GT Hardtop 2:35.3
5 24 Holden Dealer Team Australia Colin Bond Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 2:35.4
6 7 Ron Hodgson Racing Australia Bob Morris Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 2:36.3
7 6 Ford Motor Company of Australia Australia Fred Gibson Ford XA Falcon GT Hardtop 2:38.2
8 19 Cessnock Motor Works Australia Allan Grice Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 2:38.2
9 2 Bob Jane Racing Australia Bob Jane Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 2:39.3
10 3 Pacific Film Laboratories Australia Don Holland Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 2:40.5

Results

In part sourced from:[6][7]

Pos Class No Team Drivers Car Laps Qual
Pos
1 D 9 Ford Australia Canada Allan Moffat
Australia Ian Geoghegan
Ford XA Falcon GT Hardtop 163 3
2 D 1 Holden Dealer Team Australia Peter Brock
Australia Doug Chivas
Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 163 2
3 D 24 Holden Dealer Team Australia Colin Bond
Australia Leo Geoghegan
Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 163 5
4 D 2 Bob Jane Racing Australia Bob Jane
Australia John Harvey
Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 161 9
5 D 10 Nixdorf Australia Bob Forbes
Australia Dick Johnson
Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 154 11
6 D 21 Australia Ray Kaleda
Australia Peter Granger
Chrysler Valiant Charger R/T E49 150 18
7 D 15 Australia Murray Carter
Australia Lawrie Nelson
Ford XA Falcon GT Hardtop 150 19
8 B 49 A.F. & M. Beninca Australia Ray Harrison
Australia Mal Robertson
Alfa Romeo GTV 2000 149 23
9 B 45 Australia Mel Mollison
Australia Bruce Hindhaugh
Mazda RX-3 144 36
10 C 34 Australia Bernie Haehnle
Australia Wayne Rogerson
Mazda RX-2 144 36
11 D 31 Australia Brian Ovenden
Australia Max McGinley
Chrysler Valiant Charger R/T E49 143 29
12 C 37 John Palmer Motors Australia Bob Beasley
Australia Enno Buesselmann
Mazda RX-2 143 39
13 B 44 Australia Geoff Leeds
Australia Jim Murcott
Ford Escort Twin Cam Mk.I 143 32
14 B 41 Datsun Racing Team Australia John Roxburgh
Australia Doug Whiteford
Datsun 180B SSS 143 40
15 A 56 Datsun Racing Team Australia Bill Evans
Australia James Laing-Peach
Datsun 1200 142 46
16 A 55 Australia Lakis Manticas
Australia Peter Lander
Fiat 128SL 142 43
17 C 33 W.H. Motors Australia Herb Taylor
Australia Don Smith
Holden LC Torana GTR XU-1 141 28
18 D 3 Pacific Film Laboratories Australia Don Holland
Australia Max Stewart
Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 141 10
19 B 39 Australia Ray Gulson
Australia Peter Brown
Alfa Romeo GTV 2000 140 27
20 D 29 Peter Kilmore Australia Peter Kilmore
Australia Kevin Kennedy
Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 138 41
21 A 66 Australia David Clement
Australia Neil Mason
Morris Cooper S 136 50
22 A 54 Australia John Lord
New Zealand Peter Janson
Honda Civic 134 53
23 B 38 Australia Chris Heyer
Australia Peter Mill
Subaru 1400 GSR 133 55
24 A 63 Australia Ken Brian
Australia Noel Riley
Honda Civic 131 52
25 A 68 Australia Chick Audsley
Australia Bob Williamson
Morris Cooper S 131 56
26 A 67 Australia Caroline O'Shanesy
Australia Peter Williamson
Morris Cooper S 131 57
27 A 64 Australia David Frazer
Australia Bob Edgerton
Renault R8 Gordini 130 49
28 B 43 Australia Bob Holden
Australia Lyndon Arnel
Ford Escort Twin Cam Mk.I 129 44
29 B 48 Australia Geoff Perry
Australia Brian Reed
Mazda RX-3 126 34
30 A 59 Australia John Symon
Australia Philip Arnull
Datsun 1200 125 58
DNF C 35 James Mason Motors Australia Gary Cooke
Australia Len Searle
Mazda RX-2 142 38
DNF D 8 Muirs Motors (Ashfield) Australia Ron Dickson
Australia Bob Stevens
Holden HQ Monaro GTS 130 20
DNF B 50 Chesterfield Racing Team Australia Herb Vines
Australia Chris Batger
Ford Escort Twin Cam Mk.I 116 54
DNF D 5 McLeod Ford Australia John Goss
Australia Kevin Bartlett
Ford XA Falcon GT Hardtop 110 1
DNF D 4 Bryan Byrt Ford Australia John French
Australia Bob Skelton
Ford XA Falcon GT Hardtop 91 4
DNF A 57 Australia Geoff Newton
Australia Cam Richardson
Morris Cooper S 89 51
DNF D 17 G. Ryan Australia Graham Ryan
Australia Ray Lintott
Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 89 14
DNF D 26 Ray Thackwell New Zealand Ray Thackwell
Australia Barry Coleman
Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 89 22
DNF A 58 Australia Lynn Brown
Australia Paul Hamilton
Morris Cooper S 77 45
DNF C 36 McLeod Kelso Lee Australia Bruce Stewart
Australia George Garth
Holden LC Torana GTR 75 31
DNF D 12 Dustings of Burwood Australia Rod McRae
Australia Tony Niovanni
Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 64 21
DNF B 42 Australia Graham Ritter
Australia Tony Farrell
Ford Escort Twin Cam Mk.I 64 25
DNF D 27 New Zealand Leo Leonard
Australia Ernie Sprague
Chrysler Valiant Charger R/T E49 62 17
DNF D 30 John Stoopman Australia John Stoopman
Australia Dennis Martin
Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 61 30
DNF D 23 Bob Holden Motors Australia Jim Hunter
Australia Phil Ward
Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 58 16
DNF A 53 Australia Ian Cook
Australia Terry Finnigan
Honda Civic 56 48
DNF D 16 Australia Tony Allen
Australia Phil Brock
Chrysler Valiant Charger R/T E49 45 13
DNF D 19 Cessnock Motor Works Australia Allan Grice
Australia Keith Murray
Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 42 8
DNF D 13 Bruce McPhee Australia Bruce McPhee
Australia Tom Nailard
Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 41 15
DNF B 47 Australia Warren Thompson
Australia Rod Dale
Ford Escort Twin Cam Mk.I 36 33
DNF A 60 Australia Gary Leggatt
Australia Bob Wedd
Morris Cooper S 27 42
DNF D 20 Chas Tierney Australia Ray Strong
Australia Ron Gillard
Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 25 37
DNF D 11 Australia Des West
Australia Bill Brown
Chrysler Valiant Charger R/T E49 17 12
DNF D 6 Ford Australia Australia Fred Gibson
Australia Barry Seton
Ford XA Falcon GT Hardtop 17 7
DNF B 40 Brian Foley Motors Australia Christine Gibson
Australia Sue Ransom
Alfa Romeo GTV 2000 5 24
DNF D 7 Ron Hodgson Racing Australia Bob Morris
Australia John Leffler
Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 4 6
DNF A 66 Australia John Dellaca
Australia Jon Leighton
Morris Cooper S 3 47
DNF D 25 D & P Traders Australia Pat Peck
Australia Darrylyn Huitt
Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 3 26
DNS D 14 Freds Treads Australia John Duggan
Australia Gordon Rich
Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1
DNS D 28 B. Nitschke Australia Bill Nitschke
Australia John Lewis
Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1
DNS D 32 Gosford Motors Australia Kingsley Hibbard
Australia Brian Shead
Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1

Statistics

  • Pole Position - #5 John Goss - 2:33.4
  • Fastest Lap - #5 John Goss - 2:34.8 - Lap 2 (lap record)
  • Average Speed - 137 km/h
  • Race Time - 7:20:06.8

References

  1. ^ "1973 FIRST HARDIE-FERODO 1000 Bathurst -15'17"". YouTube. 28 December 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  2. ^ "1973 FIRST HARDIE-FERODO 1000 Bathurst - 19'12"". YouTube. 28 December 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  3. ^ "1973 FIRST HARDIE-FERODO 1000 Bathurst - 26'12"". YouTube. 28 December 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  4. ^ "1973 FIRST HARDIE-FERODO 1000 Bathurst". YouTube. 28 December 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  5. ^ "Legends: John Goss". TradeUniqueCars.com.au. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  6. ^ Greenhalgh, David; Thomas B. Floyd; Bill Tuckey (2000). Australia's Greatest Motor Race 1960-1999. Chevron Publishing Group. pp. 194–201 & 461. ISBN 1-875221-12-3.
  7. ^ Noonan, Aaron (2018). Holden At Bathurst - The Cars: 1963-2017. AN1 Media Pty. Ltd. pp. 45–52.

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