He has been cited for "his services to motor sports".
His main claim to fame is winning the Bathurst 1000 in 1974 and 1985 and the Australian Grand Prix in 1976. He is the only driver to have achieved this double.
It will probably never be repeated now that the AGP is part of the World Championship.
So he had a great career in F5000 open wheelers and big touring cars.
It is strange that this award is 30 years after his last Bathurst win. They do seem take some time to catch up. Maybe the Royals have been busy with weddings.
I note also on this year's list were Dawn Fraser who was a swimmer at the 1956 and 1960 Olympic Games, and Neil Harvey an international cricketer who was in his peak in the 1950's.
For those who can't remember John Goss here is a great article on him including some marvellous photos:
Amongst his achievements on the official citation list are two I am not sure of:
- "Winner, NSW Sports Car Championship, including Bathurst Easter Sports Car Trophy Race, Tornado Ford, 1966-68
- "Senior Engine Fitter and Test Mechanic, FIA F1 engines, Brabham and Rindt, sports car engines Matich, Repco Brabham Engines, Victoria, 1969"
To help my poor old brain I would greatly appreciate any views on these two points.
Edited by TerryS, 12 June 2018 - 07:04.