Bathurst, being Bathurst, is full of tales of the strange, the maligned, the misunderstood and things obviously misplaced.
Although some of the strangest came fromt he Phillip ISland era of the race. That original 1960 grid is worth printing in it's entiriety. They gridded up in class order, then by car number IIRC. So 'Pole Position' went to the only Class E car in the entry, which meant.... oh you're kidding.
The already not young Murray Carter held the first 'Bathurst' pole position. Murray still races today in a Chevvy Corvette C5 in Nations Cup sports car racing against Diablos, 360 Modenas, Monaro 427s, Trofeos, 996 GT3s and Viper ACRs. I think he must be aiming to be the first 75 year old to hold an open CAMS competition licence. In that field though the Corvette isn't to far removed from that first big Cusso.
Murray Carter / Ray Gibbs (Ford Customline)
Norm Beechey / Jim McKeown / Jack French (Standard Vanguard)
Bob Jane / Lou Molina (Ford Falcon XK)
John Roxburgh / Frank Coad (Vauxhall Cresta)
Fred Sutherland / Bill Graetz (Humber Super Snipe) - !!!
John Youl / Gavin Youl (Mercedes 220SE)
Ron Phillip / Ernie Seeliger (Ford Falcon XK)
Geoff Russell / David Anderson / Tony Loxton (Peugeot 403)
George Spanos / Leo Taylor / JT Smith (Austin Lancer) - snigger
Barry Gurdon / CW Miller / F Porter (Austin Lancer)
Peter Manton / Barry Topen (Morris Major)
Bob Holden / Ken Brigden / Laurie Graham (Peugeot 403)
Brian Muir / Jim Smith (Morris Major)
Rod Murphy / John Calloway (Morris Major)
Harry Firth / John Reaburn (Singer Gazelle) - oh dear
Ron Lilley / Jim Gullan (Peugeot 403)
Brian Foley / Alan Edney (Austin Lancer)
Bill Clemens / Don Dunoon (Hillman Minx) - oh my...
Charlie Smith (Morris Major)
Eddie Perkins / George Reynolds (VW 1200 Beetle)
Bob Brown / Michael Lempriere (Simca Aronde) - go the Matra!
Jack Nougher / Lionel Marsh (Simca Aronde)
Murray Galt / Bill Murray / Doug Stewart (Simca Aronde)
Ern Abbott / Jack Maurer (Triumph Herald)
Max McPherson / Ken Orman (VW 1200 Beetle)
David McKay / Greg Cusack (VW 1200 Beetle)
Arthur Wylie / Ken Wylie (VW 1200 Beetle)
Bill Nalder / John Amp (Ford Anglia)
Jim Leighton / Alan Ling (Renault Dauphine)
Des West / Ian Geoghegan (Renault Dauphine)
Bill Pitt / Leo Geoghegan (Renault Dauphine)
Ray Christie / George Hughes (Simca Aronde)
Jack Murray / W Murison (Simca Aronde)
Graham Hoinville / Austin Miller (Triumph Herald)
Doug Whiteford / Lex Davison / John Sawyer (NSU Prinz) - teeheehee
Bruce Walton / Paul England (NSU Prinz)
Hoot Gibson / J Gorman (NSU Prinz)
Peter Candy / Graham Levingston (Lloyd Alexander TS) -
John Connolly / Bill March (Renault 750)
Wal Gillespie / Lou Sinclair (FIAT 600) - this just gets better
Kevin Lott / G Pretty (Lloyd Alexander TS)
Brian Pyers / Frank Elkins (FIAT 600)
R Slaney / G White (Lloyd Alexander TS)
Les Park / J Fleming (Renault 750)
Tony Theiler / Frank Kilfoyle (Lloyd Alexander TS)
Rex Emmett / A Hawkins (Renault 750)
There are some fairly big names in some fairly ordinary cars there. Can you imagine the similar concept today. Mark Skaife in a Daewoo Lanos, John Bowe in a Suzuki Wagon R........
As history went on to record the race was won by Coad and Roxburgh in the big Vauxhall. While a finishing wasn't really established until years later, becuase the results were issued class by class and no outright result was ever declared official.
The Russell led Peugeot was second, and by a smaller gap than the gap between the two classes being started back at the beginning of the race, which would lead to an appeal decades later which led the CAMS acknowledgin in the manual the the Peugeot actualy completed the race in a shorter time.
Third was the Simca Aronde of Galt, Murray and Stewart with the top ten finishers being Morris Major, Austin Lancer, Simca Aronde, the Vanguard, Peugeot 403, Morris Major and Simce Aronde.
Class A was won by Lex Davison (dare I say of course?) and Doug Whiteford in their NSU. The two Australian Grand Prix winners were 14 laps down in 23rd position. The lap times were a bit slower than what a Cooper Maserati or a Lago Tablot might have achieved though
Class B was taken by the third outright Simce Aronde.
Class C by the second placed Peugeot.
Class D by the outright winning Vauxhall.
and Class E did have it's only car finish, the Cusso completeing 154 of 167 laps in 21st position. Less than two minutes in front of Lex Davison in the NSU......