1964 Armstrong 500
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The 1964 Armstrong 500 was a production car race held on 4 October 1964 at the Mount Panorama Circuit just outside Bathurst in New South Wales, Australia. The 500 mile race was open to Australian built production sedans of which 100 examples had been registered.[1] It was the fifth Armstrong 500 and the second to be held at Bathurst although it is commonly referred to as the fifth "Bathurst 500".

Official results reflected only class placings, with no outright winner recognized by the organizing body, the Australian Racing Drivers’ Club. The first car to complete the full 130 lap distance race was a factory backed Ford Cortina GT driven by Bob Jane and George Reynolds, the 1964 event being the fourth consecutive Armstrong 500 in which Jane had achieved an unofficial "line honours" victory.

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Class structureEdit

Cars competed in four classes based on the purchase price of the vehicle in Australian pounds. There was little change from the 1963 race. Class A entries proliferated, taking up space on the grid from a shrinking Class B. Ford Australia had a strong presence in Class C with three factory entered Cortina GTs and Australian Motor Industries entered two Triumph 2000s in Class D.

Class AEdit

The up to £900 class was composed of Hillman Imp, Morris 850, NSU Prinz, Vauxhall Viva and Volkswagen Beetle.

Class BEdit

The £901 to £1,000 class featured Ford Cortina 1500, Morris Cooper, Renault R8 and Simca Aronde.

Class CEdit

The £1,001 to £1,200 class included only Ford Cortina GT and Holden EH entries.

Class DEdit

The £1,201 to £2,000 class featured Chrysler Valiant, Citroën ID19, Ford Zephyr, Humber Vogue Sports, Holden EH Premier, Studebaker Lark, Triumph 2000 and Vauxhall Velox.

RaceEdit

While the V8 powered Studebaker Larks again led early, fragile brakes saw them overtaken by the leading Cortinas as the race wore on. The Cortina driven by the Geoghegan brothers fell from the mid-race lead after a generator bracket broke, allowing teammates Jane and Reynolds into the race lead they would not relinquish. Barry Seton and Herb Taylor finished second ahead of Jane's former partner Harry Firth co-driving the third factory Ford with John Reaburn. In the other three classes, the early leaders each retained their leads throughout the day. Bert Needham and Warren Weldon brought their Class D winning Studebaker home as fourth car across the line, two laps down on Jane/Reynolds and a lap behind Firth/Reaburn. Charlie Smith and Bruce Maher won Class B, leading home a 1-2-3-4 for Morris Cooper ahead of four Renault R8s. Smith/Maher finished just six laps behind the Cortina GTs. Class A was dominated by Vauxhall, with the Viva of Spencer Martin and Bill Brown leading home five other examples. Seven cars failed to finish the event, with another being disqualified.[2]

ResultsEdit

As follows:[3][4]

Pos No Entrant Drivers Car Laps
Class A
1 46 Boyded Pty Ltd [2]   Spencer Martin
  Bill Brown
Vauxhall HA Viva 116
2 55 Boyded Pty Ltd [2]   Ron Clarke
  Brian Muir
Vauxhall HA Viva 115
3 58 Clinton Motors Pty Ltd [2]   John Marchiori
  Arnold Ahrenfeld
Vauxhall HA Viva 114
4 56 Boyded Pty Ltd [2]   Tony Simmons
  Mike Champion
Vauxhall HA Viva 114
5 54   Jack Gates
  Mike Nedelko
Vauxhall HA Viva 114
6 44   C. McLean
  George Murray
Vauxhall HA Viva 112
7 40   Brian Milton
  David Walker
Volkswagen 1200 112
8 47   Midge Bosworth
  Peter Williamson
Hillman Imp 112
9 41   Chris McSorley
  Phil West
Hillman Imp 110
10 59   Lionel Ayers
  Dennis Geary
Hillman Imp 110
11 43   Bernie Haehnle
  Neil McKay
Volkswagen 1200 110
12 38   Barry Ferguson
  Bill Ford
Volkswagen 1200 109
13 49   Brian Reed
  Lorraine Hill
Hillman Imp 108
14 51   Paul Bolton
  John Schroder
Hillman Imp 107
15 42   George Forrest
  Frank Hann
Volkswagen 1200 105
16 50   Matt Daddo
  Keith Russell
Morris 850 104
DNF 39   Bryan Thomson
  Bruce Wilson
NSU Prinz 94
DNF 52   Peter Cray
  Phil Barnes
Morris 850
DNF 53   Bill Stanley
  Steve Harvey
Morris 850
DNF 57   Eric Lane
  Stan Pomroy
Morris 850 15
DNF 45   Lex Bailey
  Bill Orr
Hillman Imp 0
DNS [2] 48 [2]   Kennedy
  Stewart [2]
Ford Anglia [2] -
Class B
1 26 Ron Wood Pty Ltd [2]   Bruce Maher
  Charlie Smith
Morris Cooper 124
2 36 P&R Williams Pty Ltd [2]   Don Holland
  Laurie Stewart
Morris Cooper 123
3 23 College Auto Port [2]   Ray Kaleda
  Barry Thiele
Morris Cooper 121
4 33 W Blomfield [2]   Warren Blomfield
  Jerry Trevor-Jones
Morris Cooper 120
5 34   Bill March
  Jim White
Renault R8 120
6 35   John Connolly
  Rex Emmett
Renault R8 120
7 28   Bob Holden
  Keith Pascall
Renault R8 119
8 29   Brian Fleming
  Bill Gates
Renault R8 119
9 32   Peter Brown
  Ray Gulson
Morris Cooper 118
10 37   Les Park
  John Roxburgh
Renault R8 117
11 30   Jim Bonthorne
  John Dando
Ford Cortina Mk.I 1500 116
12 27   Mike Martin
  John Prisk
Morris Cooper 114
13 25   Alton Boddenberg
  Digby Cooke
Simca Aronde 112
14 31   David Burton
  Brian McGrath
Renault R8 103
DNS [2] 24 [2]   Doug Chivas
  unknown [2]
Morris Cooper [2] -
Class C
1 15 Ford Motor Co [2]   Bob Jane
  George Reynolds
Ford Cortina Mk.I GT 130
2 18 Fairfield Motors Pty Ltd [2]   Barry Seton
  Herb Taylor
Ford Cortina Mk.I GT 130
3 19 Ford Motor Co [2]   Harry Firth
  John Reaburn
Ford Cortina Mk.I GT 129
4 22 Ron Hodgson Motors Pty Ltd [2]   Ron Hodgson
  John French
Ford Cortina Mk.I GT 127
5 21 Ford Motor Co [5]   Ian Geoghegan
  Leo Geoghegan
Ford Cortina Mk.I GT 127
6 20 Frank Delandro Motors [5]   Bruce McPhee
  Barry Mulholland
Ford Cortina Mk.I GT 126
7 16 WH Lober & Co [5]   Phil Ismay
  Bob Skelton
Holden EH 179 101
DNF 14   Anthony Cooper
  Joe Hills
Ford Cortina Mk.I GT
DSQ 13   Ian Grant
  W. Mitchell
Holden EH 179 10
DNS [2] 17 [2]   Budda
  Smith [2]
Holden EH S4 [2] -
Class D
1 11 Needham Motors Pty Ltd [2]   Warren Weldon
  Bert Needham
Studebaker Lark 128
2 8 Canada Cycle & Motor Co [2]   Fred Sutherland
  Allan Mottram
Studebaker Lark 126
3 9 Buckle Motors [2]   Brian Foley
  Bill Buckle
Citroën ID19 124
4 2 Jubilee Motors Pty Ltd [2]   Bill Burns
  Brian Lawler
Ford Zephyr MkIII 123
5 1   Arthur Davis
  Paul Mander
Triumph 2000 123
6 4   Bob Cook
  Alwyn Rose
Chrysler SV1 Valiant 123
7 7   Bill Barnett
  Don Johnston
Humber Vogue Sports 119
8 10 Australian Motor Industries [5]   Lex Davison
  Rocky Tresise
Triumph 2000 117
9 3   Tony Allen
  Tony Reynolds
Triumph 2000 116
10 5 Australian Motor Industries [5]   Bob Salter
  Max Stewart
Triumph 2000 105
11 6   Lyndon McLeod
  Lionel Williams
Holden EH Premier 95
DNF 12 Alec Mildren Motors [5]   Ralph Sach
  Max Brunninghausen
Vauxhall Velox

The Team Prize was won by the three Ford Motor Co entered Ford Cortina GTs driven by Jane/Reynolds, Seton/Taylor and Firth/Raeburn.[6]

StatisticsEdit

  • Fastest Lap - #21 Geoghegan/Geoghegan - 3:21.3
  • Fastest "flying eighth mile" speed was achieved by the Studebaker Lark of Warren Weldon & Bert Needham at 114.65 mph [2]
  • Race Time - No time published by the ARDC

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Armstrong classes, Australian Motor Sports, September 1964, page 4
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad A Freezing 500, Sports Car World, December 1964, pages 46, 47 & 52
  3. ^ Greenhalgh, David; Thomas B. Floyd; Bill Tuckey (2000). "1964 Here come the works team". Australia's Greatest Motor Race 1960-1999 The first 40 years. Hornsby: Chevron Publishing Group Pty Limited. pp. 122–129 & 452. ISBN 1-875221-12-3.
  4. ^ "Bathurst 1964: Armstrong 500". Archived from the original on 1 June 2009. Retrieved 30 May 2009.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Bill Tuckey, 1964:Here come the works teams, Australia's Greatest Motor Race, The Complete Story, 1981, pages 98-105
  6. ^ Bathurst 500, Australian Motor Manual, December 1964, pages 42-43

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