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1966 Gallaher 500

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1966 Gallaher 500
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The 1966 Gallaher 500 was an endurance motor race for production cars, held on 2 October 1966 at the Mount Panorama Circuit just outside Bathurst, New South Wales in Australia. It was the seventh running of the Bathurst 500 race [1] and the first time that the event had been staged under the Gallaher 500 name. 250 examples of a particular model had to be registered for a vehicle to be eligible for the race, up from the 100 examples required in previous years.[2]

The race was dominated by the Morris Cooper S. It was won by the BMC entered example of Finnish rally star Rauno Aaltonen and experienced Australian Mini racer Bob Holden a lap ahead of Fred Gibson and Bill Stanley, leading home a flotilla of Cooper Ss that filled the first nine outright race positions. The best non-Mini was a Chrysler Valiant, some six laps behind Aaltonen and Holden in tenth position.

Class structure

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

Class A

The Up to $1,800 class was contested by Datsun 1300, Fiat 850, 1.2 litre Ford Cortina, Morris Mini De Luxe and Morris 850.

Class B

The $1,801 to $2,040 class featured 1.5 litre Ford Cortina, Hillman Minx, Isuzu Bellett, Morris Cooper, Prince Skyline, Renault R8 and Toyota Corona.

Class C

The $2,041 to $2,700 class entry list was dominated by the Morris Cooper S, but also included a Fiat 1500, and a Toyota Crown.

Class D

The $2,701 to $4,000 class featured Chrysler Valiant, Holden HD X2, Studebaker Lark, Triumph 2000 and Volvo 122S.


Pos. Class No. Entrant Drivers Car Laps
1 C 13 BMC Australia [3] Finland Rauno Aaltonen
Australia Bob Holden
Morris Cooper S 130
2 C 17 Vaughan & Lane BMC [3] Australia Fred Gibson
Australia Bill Stanley
Morris Cooper S 129
3 C 22 Regal Motors [3] Australia Bruce McPhee
Australia Barry Mulholland
Morris Cooper S 129
4 C 27 Marque Motors [3] Australia Arthur Davis
Australia Paul Mander
Morris Cooper S 128
5 C 10 Baulkham Hills Service Station [3] Australia Peter Brown
Australia Bob Cook
Morris Cooper S 128
6 C 9 Dents Motors [3] Australia Harry Firth
Australia Ern Abbott
Morris Cooper S 128
7 C 24 W Jamison [3] Australia John Leffler
Australia Bill Jamison
Morris Cooper S 127
8 C 23 BMC Australia [3] Australia John French
Australia Steve Harvey
Morris Cooper S 127
9 C 16 B Arentz [3] Australia Barry Arentz
Australia Barry Seton
Morris Cooper S 125
10 D 5 Eiffeltower Motors [4] Australia Jack Nougher
Australia David O'Keefe
Chrysler VC Valiant V8 Automatic 124
11 D 6 Advanx (Godford) Motor Service [4] Australia Alton Boddenberg
Australia Digby Cooke
Chrysler VC Valiant V8 Automatic 122
12 B 41 Gordon Stewart's Sports Car Centre [4] Australia Don Holland
Australia Peter Cray
Morris Cooper 120
13 D 3 Australian Motor Industries [4] Australia Max Stewart
Australia Bob Young
Triumph 2000 120
14 C 20 Australia Ron Kearns
Australia Barry Quayle
Fiat 1500 120
15 D 8 British & Continental Cars P/L Australia Kevin Bartlett
Australia John Harvey
Volvo 122S 119
16 C 14 Australian Motor Industries Australia Bill Buckle
Australia Allan Mottram
Toyota Crown 119
17 B 33 Vern Potts [4] Australia Doug Chivas
Australia Doug Chivas, Jr.
Morris Cooper 119
18 B 42 Brian Foley Motors [4] Australia Laurie Stewart
Australia Ray Morris
Morris Cooper 119
19 D 7 M. Savva Australia Mike Savva
Australia Herb Taylor
Holden HD X2 118
20 B 37 Australian Motor Industries [5] Australia Brian Reed
Australia Des Kelly
Toyota Corona 117
21 B 29 Australia George Reynolds
Australia Barry Ferguson
Isuzu Bellett 1500 117
22 A 54 Nissan Motor Company [4] Japan Moto Kitano
Japan Kunimitsu Takahashi
Datsun 1300 117
23 A 49 Nissan Motor Company [4] Australia John Roxburgh
Australia Doug Whiteford
Datsun 1300 116
24 A 53 Peakhurst Tyre Service [4] Australia Brian Lawler
Australia Harry Gapps
Ford Cortina Mk.I 220 116
25 B 45 Australia Lionel Ayers
Australia Max Volkers
Hillman Minx Series 6 116
26 A 51 Nissan Motor Company [2] Australia John Colwell
Australia Fred Sutherland
Datsun 1300 116
27 B 32 Australian Motor Industries [5] Australia Brian Sampson
Australia Lew Marshall
Toyota Corona 116
28 A 47 Australia Trevor Meehan
Australia Ian Hindmarsh
Fiat 850 113
29 A 55 Australia Mike Schneider
Australia Bruce Wright
Morris Mini De Luxe 113
30 B 40 John Rhodin Pty Ltd [2] Australia Arthur Treloar
Australia Colin Bond
Isuzu Bellett 1500 111
31 A 56 Radial Tyre Service Australia George Garth
Australia Ray Marquet
Ford Cortina Mk.I 1200 110
32 A 50 Ken Lindsay Motors Australia Ken Lindsay
Australia Des West
Ford Cortina Mk.I 1200 110
33 B 34 Australian Motor Industries Australia Peter Williamson
Australia Alex Macarthur
Toyota Corona 110
34 A 57 Australia John T. Smith
Australia Dennis Gregory
Morris Mini De Luxe 109
35 B 43 Australia Bob Edgerton
Australia Ross Edgerton
Renault R8 106
36 B 31 Australia John Prisk
Australia Mike Martin
Morris Cooper 105
37 B 35 Australia Bruce Darke
Australia Don James
Isuzu Bellett 1500 104
38 D 2 Needham Motors Pty Ltd Australia Warren Weldon
Australia Bill Slattery
Studebaker Lark 88
39 A 48 Australia Malcolm Bailey
Australia John Hicks
Morris 850 87
40 B 38 C. Kennedy Australia Carl Kennedy
Australia Doug Stewart
Prince Skyline 1500 82
41 B 30 Denis Geary Motors Australia Gary Hodge
Australia Denis Geary
Ford Cortina Mk.I 1500 74
DNF C 21 Vaughan & Lane BMC [2] Australia Frank Matich
Australia Bruce Demuth
Morris Cooper S 126
DNF A 46 Australia Bill Burns
Australia Alex Lazich
Fiat 850
DNF A 58 Australia Gary Shoesmith
Australia Tony Robards
Vauxhall Viva 94
DNF C 26 Australia Mick Crampton
Australia Geoff Leeds
Morris Cooper S
DNF C 18 P&R Williams [2] Australia Charlie Smith
Australia Ron Haylen
Morris Cooper S 64
NC C 19 Australia Rick Radford
Australia David Bye
Morris Cooper S 54
DNF D 4 British & Continental Cars P/L Australia Gerry Lister
Australia Graham Porter
Volvo 122S 52
DNF C 15 Australia Ken Stacey
Australia Mal Henderson
Morris Cooper S
DNF C 28 BMC Australia [3] United Kingdom Paddy Hopkirk
Australia Brian Foley
Morris Cooper S 28
DNF C 12 Ron Hodgson Motors Pty Ltd Australia Ron Hodgson
Australia Bob Beasely
Morris Cooper S 15
DNF C 25 Australia George Forrest
Australia Frank Hann
Morris Cooper S 12
DNF C 39 Australia Jack Murray
Australia Bill Ford
Prince Skyline 1500


  • Fastest Lap - #21 Frank Matich - 3:10 (lap record)
  • Average Speed - 112 km/h
  • Race Time - 7:11:29.1


  1. ^ Includes 1960, 1961 & 1962 Armstrong 500 races held at Phillip Island
  2. ^ a b c d e Bill Tuckey, Australia's Greatest Motor Race, 1981, pages 114-121
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Craig Watson, The Giant Killers, Motor Sport Legends, August / Oct 2008, pages 40-45
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i Evan Green, Evan Green's World of Motor Sport, 1977, page 191
  5. ^ a b Romsey Quints, Looking Back At Bathurst, Sports Car World, December 1966, pages 30-32 + 55-56

Further reading

  • Greenhalgh, David; Thomas B. Floyd; Bill Tuckey (2000). "1966 The first international race". Australia's Greatest Motor Race 1960-1999 The first 40 years. Hornsby: Chevron Publishing Group Pty Limited. pp. 138–145 & 454. ISBN 1-875221-12-3.

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