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#1 Stan Patterson

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 10:36

Does anybody have any details of the singular Formula Ford "Champions" race held at Calder Raceway in the early 70's?


The race was won by Jack Brabham with Bib Stillwell second and i recall the mighty Patto , no relation, made his only Calder appearance in the event..

I also think several tintop drivers were involved...Bob Jane.........?

Anybody have any details?

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#2 Vicuna

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 10:47

Was Frank Matich involved?

Did Bib beat him?

#3 Stan Patterson

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 10:51

I have no idea

Perhaps the Sydney-centric press could help feed your fanatasies

#4 Vicuna

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 11:53

:stoned: :rolleyes:

#5 Catalina Park

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 11:57

There was a brief mention of the race in this thread.... Brabham Formula Ford

#6 Ray Bell

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 12:05

August 15, 1971...

Brabham first in a Bowin, Leo Geoghegan second in an Elfin, Allan Hamilton third in a Bowin, Allan Moffat fourth in a Wren (I think), then Bib Stillwell fifth in his Elfin. Fastest lap to Geoghegan in 48.6, Brabham 48.9, Hamilton 49.2.

#7 Robert Bailey

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 12:17

I was there it was called The Race Of Champion's,a race staged to celebrate Jack's career.He won other drivers included from memory,moffat,KB,Hamilton,time has got me .Will look in old Racing Car New's mag's.Ray would know for sure,Brabham's was the Elfin 600 FF,his Ford dealership ran for beasley.

#8 Robert Bailey

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 12:22

Originally posted by Ray Bell
August 15, 1971...

Brabham first in a Bowin, Leo Geoghegan second in an Elfin, Allan Hamilton third in a Bowin, Allan Moffat fourth in a Wren (I think), then Bib Stillwell fifth in his Elfin. Fastest lap to Geoghegan in 48.6, Brabham 48.9, Hamilton 49.2.

beat me to the punch,was up stair's looking in hard cover book's,all mag's in study above garage.Ray remember Moffat's scrap book and photo of his car's damage nose,remember that weekend Jane had parked in the infield his Mercedes Benz 600 pullman Cab,tv,phone ,bar.

#9 Ray Bell

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 12:32

You're a trier, Robert... but it was Stillwell who ran the Elfins, Brabham had a Bowin for Beasley...

What I'm trying to remember is where I've seen a largish pic of Moffat in the lead. It's the same pic in smaller size in RCN, but somewhere I regularly see the pic in about half page size.

#10 Robert Bailey

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 12:44

Originally posted by Ray Bell
You're a trier, Robert... but it was Stillwell who ran the Elfins, Brabham had a Bowin for Beasley...

What I'm trying to remember is where I've seen a largish pic of Moffat in the lead. It's the same pic in smaller size in RCN, but somewhere I regularly see the pic in about half page size.

In Moffat's scrap book a book that came out in about '77.Ray the racewas always going to be won by Jack.photowas I think them coming out of turn one,having said that what a small track it was by today standard's,how would the Bat Taxi V8 car lot go.Remember Minogue telling me how he was out there early 60s and Stan Jone's is out there down out drinking beer out of a large bottle,couple lad's stir him up and he drops em both.

#11 Stan Patterson

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 12:45

damn silly meaningless race anyway..

so was GW Patterson in it?...

#12 Ray Bell

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 13:00

No G W Patterson...

Frank Matich was there, though, driving Mike Hall's Aztec.

#13 Robert Bailey

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 13:07

Originally posted by Stan Patterson
damn silly meaningless race anyway..

so was GW Patterson in it?...

I think he was,crowd think realy just wanted to see sports sedans and touring cars,think production touring cars ran as well,and also a round of the F2/3 Davison/Stillwell series.would say Sambo won in a Chettah.Would Whiteford have been running the trick Datsun SR3.

#14 Ray Bell

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 13:15

Yeah, Whiteford had two wins that day... over Peter Beasley...

Patto was not there.

#15 Robert Bailey

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 13:17

How did Minogue go.

#16 Ray Bell

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 13:30

No mention of Minogue...

Sambo won in F3.

#17 Robert Bailey

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 22:51

Originally posted by Ray Bell
No mention of Minogue...

Sambo won in F3.

How is Sambo raced since the mid 50s ,Bathurst winner with Brock ect and still racing in FF ,wins in historics and even raced at this year's AGP in F3.Been along term client of mine if you forget the temper,just a good guy.

#18 Milan Fistonic

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Posted 01 October 2006 - 00:42

There were only eight starters and grid positions were drawn by ballot. Hamilton was on pole and Brabham started from the middle of the back row. He was leading by lap three.

One report suggested that the race was "scripted" before practice but that "natural competitive instincts got the better of everybody by the time the flag fell."

Bill Patterson and Doug Whiteford handled the starting and finishing flags.

#19 Ray Bell

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Posted 01 October 2006 - 00:59

Originally posted by Robert Bailey
How is Sambo raced since the mid 50s ,Bathurst winner with Brock ect and still racing in FF ,wins in historics and even raced at this year's AGP in F3.Been along term client of mine if you forget the temper,just a good guy.


Yes, he's had a swag of cars along the way and driven most of them very hard!

Thanks for that extra info, Milan... where did that come from?

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#20 Dallas84

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Posted 01 October 2006 - 02:52

Originally posted by Vicuna
Was Frank Matich involved?

Did Bib beat him?


Thanks, Vicuna, it certainly tickled me

#21 Ray Bell

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Posted 01 October 2006 - 03:07

I don't think an Aztec ever beat an Elfin no matter who was driving!

#22 Milan Fistonic

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Posted 01 October 2006 - 04:20

Originally posted by Ray Bell


Yes, he's had a swag of cars along the way and driven most of them very hard!

Thanks for that extra info, Milan... where did that come from?



From the report in Motoring News written by Paul Harrington.

#23 Ray Bell

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Posted 01 October 2006 - 05:10

Well, he was heading up the FF charge those days, he'd have known it all...

Thanks.