I’ve written a feature In the current Auto Action #1803 on Dan Gurney’s win in the 1961 Victorian Trophy aboard his works BRM P48 at Ballarat Airfield.

He and Graham Hill raced at Ardmore, NZ, Warwick Farm and Ballarat that summer. Dan’s win was an interesting one in his last BRM drive- it was his first international victory and the only one for the P48 on the last occasion the machine was raced in works hands.

It’s a nice piece, but then I would say that.

For us historic nutters there is also the first in a two-part series on Tim Schenken written by Mark Fogarty. This issue covers his formative years to F1, the next one his Ferrari sportscar drives, Tiga period with Howden Ganley and beyond.

Other standout reads in the sixty page issue are five pages on F1, four on the year ahead for F1, Indycar, F2/3, Moto GP and Taxis, two pages on Oz international Scott Andrews with whom I was unfamiliar and coverage of the Monte, Dakar and the Symmons meeting I was lucky enough to attend a week ago. Plenty of maxi-taxis too of course.

If you haven’t read fifty-years-young Auto Action for a while give us a whirl.

Hopefully the Tasmanian Back to Back Double-Banger season openers at Symmons and Baskerville become a fixture- lets hope so. It makes so much sense on all levels, get you bums down there next year if you can.

The racing was great, imbibing Longford for a cuppla days was magic not to forget some great Tassie touring, sun on the sand and a shandy or three. It was heaven on a stick really.

(unattributed but very keen to know the ‘snapper)

The more you look the more you see. All the fun of the fair. Longford AGP weekend March 1965.

Jack Brabham waits for the pressures in his Goodyears to be adjusted, Brabham BT11A Climax. That’s Roy Billington with hands on hips to the left and Bib Stillwell hovering- his new Brabham BT11A Climax is to the right. Next in line is the ill-fated #12 Ecurie Australie Cooper T62 Climax of Rocky Tresise.

Further along, obscured near the pit counter, is the Scuderia Veloce Ferrari 250LM with Lynn Archer’s #20 Elfin Catalina Ford 1.5 on the painted line. The light coloured car at the end of the queue is Frank Matich’ Brabham BT7A Climax.

Bruce McLaren’s Cooper T79 Climax  won this tragic March 1 race, see here; https://primotipo.com/2019/09/27/longford-1965/ and here; https://primotipo.com/2016/05/20/bruce-lex-and-rockys-cooper-t62-climax/


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  1. McCarthy, Andrew says:

    Ill go and buy it !!

    Kind regards,

    Andrew McCarthy
    Senior Client Adviser
    Bell Potter Securities
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  2. robert king says:

    Tresi*z*e, I believe. B

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  3. Mal O'May says:

    Thanks so much for that last shot Mark…it’s one of those occasions you wish you could keep zooming in to any part of the photo. It’s the one year my Dad & Uncle had a pass to the pit stand seating & I was trying very hard to spot them in the crowd. Sadly they must have been too far down the line to make them out. Dad was also sadly in prime position to see the terrible events at the start of the 2nd lap. He never mentioned it much only say that it was an awful thing.. It certainly was.

    • markbisset says:

      Cheers Mal,
      And yes re Rocky, I’ve nothing to add to what I wrote some years back. The spot he ran out of road is now in a paddock, the road line, as you know is quite different now.
      Geoff Harris has turned up a batch of photos which have not seen the light of day since the mid-seventies which we will gradually ‘get out there’.
      Back in the North Island and missing the place…

  4. Terry Sullivan says:

    Coincidentally the BRM P48 is currently for sale.
    See the attached ad. It includes detailed history of the car.

    Mark, it’s waiting for you to make an offer….

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