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Datsuns at Bathurst

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Datsun have had a lot of success at the Bathurst racing circuit (Mount Panorama Circuit) over the years.

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Overview

Datsun had a lot of success at Bathurst over the years in which they were allowed to compete. There first outing at Bathurst ended with success coming 1st, 2nd and 4th in their class at the 1966 event in a Datsun 1300.

The B10 or Datsun 1000 managed to rack up 1st and 3rd in 1967, and a 2nd place in 1969.

Enter the B110 or Datsun 1200 winning (in it's class) in 1970, 1972, 1973...managing 5th in 1971. 1975 made 2nd place and 1976 was once again a class win.

Armstrong 500: Mount Panorama, Bathurst 3rd October, 1965

Number of Laps: 130

Total Race Time: 7:16:45.1

Fastest Lap: Brian Foley, 3:13.7 (114.71 km/h)

Classes:

Class A - Up to 920; 
Class B - 921 to 1,020; 
Class C - 1,021 to 1,300; 
Class D - 1,301 to 2,000

3 Datsun Bluebirds which were entered by the Nissan Distributors never started - they were withdrawn on the eve of the event after encountering wheel trouble during Saturday's practice sessions.

This is one of the withdrawls
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Gallaher 500: Mount Panorama, Bathurst 2nd October, 1966

Number of Laps: 130

Total Race Time: 7:11:29.1

Fastest Lap: Frank/Matich, 3:10 (116.94 km/h)

Classes:

Class A - Up to $1800;
Class B - $1801 to $2040; 
Class C - $2041 to $2700; 
Class D - $2701 to $4000	

Fastest lap: Frank/Matich, 3:10 (116.94 km/h)

PLACE DRIVER / CO DRIVER(S) VEHICLE CLASS LAPS Class Pos
22 Moto Kitamo / Kunimitsu Takahashi Datsun 1300 A 117 1
23 John Roxburgh / Doug Whiteford Datsun 1300 A 116 2
26 John Colwell / Fred Sutherland Datsun 1300 A 116 4

Kitamo Takanashi - Bathurst 1966 - Class A winner - Datsun Bluebird 1300
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Gallaher 500: Mount Panorama, Bathurst. 1st October, 1967

Number of Laps: 130

Total Race Time: 6:54:99.10

Fastest Lap: Fred Gibson, 3:03 (121.42 km/h)

Classes: Class A - Up to $1800;

Class B - $1801 to $2100; 
Class C - $2101 to $3000; 
Class D - $3001 to $4500; 
Class E - Over $4500					
PLACE DRIVER / CO DRIVER(S) VEHICLE CLASS LAPS Class Pos
23 John Roxburgh / Doug Whiteford Datsun 1000 A 117 1
28 Kunimitsu Takahashi / Hideo Oishi Datsun 1000 A 116 3
42 Bruce Darke / Bill Ford Datsun 1300 A 103 7
44 Jim Smith / John Colwell Datsun 1300 A 100 8
DNF Barry Tapsall / Bevan Gibson Datsun 1200 (410?) A DNF 10

Roxburgh/Whiteford Class A winner - Datsun 1000
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Hardie-Ferodo 500: Mount Panorama, Bathurst. 6th October, 1968

Number of Laps: 130

Total Race Time: 6:44:0.0

Fastest lap: Bruce McPhee, 2:58 (124.83 km/h)

Classes:

Class A - Up to $1800
Class B - $1801 to $2100
Class C - $2101 to $3000
Class D - $3001 to $4500
Class E - Over $4500
PLACE DRIVER / CO DRIVER(S) VEHICLE CLASS LAPS Class Pos
15 John Roxburgh / Doug Whiteford Datsun 1600 B 120 1
19 George Garth / Bruce Stewart Datsun 1600 B 118 2
21 Kunimitsu Takahashi / Ym Sunago Datsun 1600 B 118 3
24 Hans Tholstrup / Dennis Cooke Datsun 1600 B 116 5
26 Bruce Darke / Bill Ford Datsun 1600 B 115 6
33 Herb Taylor / Don Smith Datsun 1600 B 112 7
34 Matt Daddo / Peter Ulbrich Datsun 1600 B 111 8
39 Carl Kennedy / Jack Mullins Datsun 1600 B 107 11
DNF Bill Evans / John Colwell Datsun 1000 A DNF 9
DNF Dick Sorenson / Bevan Gibson Datsun 1000 A DNF 10

Hardie-Ferodo 500: Mount Panorama, Bathurst. 5th October, 1969

Number of Laps: 130

Total Race Time: 6:32:0.0

Fastest lap: Moffat/Hamilton and Gibson/Seton, 2:52.1 (129.11 km/h)

Classes:

Class A - Up to $1800
Class B - $1801 to $2100
Class C - $2101 to $3000
Class D - $3001 to $4500
Class E - Over $4500
PLACE DRIVER / CO DRIVER(S) VEHICLE CLASS LAPS QUALIFYING Class Pos
18 Bruce Stewart / George Garth Datsun 1600 B 117 03:16.5 1
23 John Roxburgh / Doug Whiteford Datsun 1600 B 117 03:19.2 2
24 Don Smith / Peter Wilson Datsun 1600 B 114 03:18.5 3
25 David Morrow / Roger Wootton Datsun 1600 B 114 03:25.4 4
27 William Coad / Jon Leighton Datsun 1600 B 113 03:20.8 5
30 Bill Evans / Barry Tapsall Datsun 1000 A 110 03:30.2 2
DNF Hans Tholstrup / Brian Connell Datsun 1600 B DNF 11
DNF Bruce Darke / Dennis Cooke Datsun 1600 B DNF 12

Hardie-Ferodo 500: Mount Panorama, Bathurst. 4th October, 1970

Number of Laps: 130

Total Race Time: 6:33:0.0

Fastest lap: Moffat/Hamilton and Gibson/Seton, 2:52.1 (129.11 km/h)

Classes: Class A - Up to $1960; Class B - $1961 to $2400; Class C - $2401 to $3150; Class D - $3151 to $4100; Class E - Over $4100

PLACE DRIVER / CO DRIVER(S) VEHICLE CLASS LAPS QUALIFYING Class Pos
19 Don Smith Datsun 1600 B 117 03:18.4 1
20 Doug Whiteford Datsun 1600 B 117 03:19.4 2
24 Barry Tapsall / Jon Leighton Datsun 1200 A 114 03:25.0 1
35 Carl Kennedy / Bill Slattery Datsun 1200 A 108 03:32.3 9
DNF John Roxburgh Datsun 1200 A DNF not available 13
DNF Bruce Stewart / Iain Corness Datsun 1600 B DNF not available 6

Tapsall Leighton Class A winner - Datsun 1200
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Carl Kennedy / Bill Slattery Datsun 1200 (in the background)
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Roxburgh Datsun 1200
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Pre-race newspaper article "Race Drama" 1970 October 4 - Sydney Morning Herald
Today's Cars and Drivers
Class A (under $1,960)
5A John Roxburgh Datsun 1200
6A Barry Tapsall/Jon Leighton Datsun 1200
14A Carl Kennedy/Bill Slattery Datsun 1200
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Hardie-Ferodo 500: Mount Panorama, Bathurst. 3rd October, 1971

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Number of Laps: 130

Total Race Time: 6:9:49.5

Fastest lap: Bob Morris, 2:40 (138.87 km/h)

Classes:

Class A - Up to $2150
Class B - $2151 to $2500
Class C - $2501 to $3150
Class D - $3151 to $4350
Class E - Over $4350
PLACE DRIVER / CO DRIVER(S) VEHICLE CLASS LAPS QUALIFYING Class Pos
36 Bruce Stewart Datsun 1600 B 109 not available 1
43 Doug Whiteford Datsun 1200 A 100 03:21.6 5
45 Don Smith Datsun 1600 B 97 not available 3
DNF John Roxburgh / Jon Leighton Datsun 1600 B DNF not available 4
DNF James Laing-Peach Datsun 1200 A DNF not available 8

James Laing-Peach Datsun 1200
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1972 Hardie Ferodo 500: Mount Panorama, Bathurst 1 October

Number of Laps: 130

Total Race Time: 6:0:99.1

Fastest lap: Allan Moffat, 2:36.5 (141.98 km/h)

Classes:

Class A - Up to 3000 CP Units
Class B - 3001 to 9000 CP Units
Class C - 9001 to 18000 CP Units
Class D - Over 18000 CP Units
PLACE DRIVER / CO DRIVER(S) VEHICLE CLASS LAPS QUALIFYING Class Pos
24 Bill Evans Datsun 1200 A 107 03:20.0 1
26 Jon Leighton Datsun 1200 A 106 03:21.3 3
29 Barry Bassingthwaite / Ray Hanger Datsun 1600 B 105 03:05.2 11
30 Bruce Stewart Datsun 1200 A 105 03:23.8 6
32 Don Smith Datsun 1200 A 103 03:23.6 8
33 Doug Grimson / Morrie Miller Datsun 1600 B 103 03:21.8 12
34 Ray Lintott Datsun 1200 A 102 03:27.4 9
DNF Doug Whiteford Datsun 1200 A DNF not available 12
DNF Barry Tapsall Datsun 1200 A DNF not available 13

Class A winner - J. Laing-Peach & W. Evans - Datsun 1200
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From the 1972 Hardie Ferodo 500 Official Programme Mt. Panorama, Bathurst Sunday October 1st

Class A
  • Car No. 61A W.H. Motors Pty. Ltd. D. Smith (N.S.W.) Datsun 1200
  • Car No. 63A Datsun Racing Team J. Leighton (Vic.) Datsun 1200
  • Car No. 65A Datsun Racing Team QLd. B. Tapsall (Qld.) T.B.N. Datsun 1200 Red
  • Car No. 68A Datsun Racing Team D. Whiteford (Vic.) Datsun 1200 Yellow
  • Car No. 71A L.C. Giddings & Son R. Lintott (N.S.W.) Datsun 1200 Brown
  • Car No. 73A Datsun Racing Team J. Laing-Peach (N.S.W.) W. Evans (Vic.) Datsun 1200 Orange
  • Car No. 75A W.H. Motors Pty. Ltd. B. Stewart (N.S.W.) Datsun 1200


How they finished last year
Class "A"
  • Pos. 5 Car No. 1 Datsun Racing Team D. Whiteford Datsun 1200 100 laps Race Time: 6:10:54 Fastest Lap: 3.19


lap record CLASS A
  • D. Whiteford (Datsun 1200), 3 mins. 19.0 secs. (1971) [approx 70mph]
Programme photos
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Hardie-Ferodo 1000: Mount Panorama, Bathurst. 1st October, 1973

Number of Laps: 163

Total Race Time: 7:20:6.8

Fastest lap: John Goss, 2:34.8 (143.53 km/h) on lap 2

Classes:

Class A - Up to 1300cc
Class B - 1301 to 2000cc
Class C - 2001 to 3000cc
Class D - Over 3000cc
PLACE DRIVER / CO DRIVER(S) VEHICLE CLASS LAPS QUALIFYING Class Pos
14 John Roxburgh / Doug Whiteford Datsun 180B B 143 02:59.4 4
15 Bill Evans / James Laing-Peach Datsun 1200 A 142 03:02.8 1
30 John Symon / Philip Arnull Datsun 1200 A 125 03:24.8 9
James Laing-Peach: It was a magic little car to drive.

B. Evans J. Laing-Peach - Class A winner
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Hardie-Ferodo 1000: Mount Panorama, Bathurst. 6th October, 1974

Number of Laps: 163

Total Race Time: 7:50:99.1

Fastest lap: Peter Brock, 2:29.8 (148.33 km/h)

Classes

Class A - Up to 1300cc
Class B - 1301 to 2000cc
Class C - 2001 to 3000cc
Class D - 3001 to 6000cc
PLACE DRIVER / CO DRIVER(S) VEHICLE CLASS LAPS QUALIFYING Class Pos
7 Stewart McLeod / Doug Whiteford Datsun 240K C 152 02:55.7 2
DNF Bruce Stewart / George Garth Datsun 180B B DNF not available 7
DNF James Laing-Peach / Bill Evans Datsun 1200 A DNF not available 14

Hardie-Ferodo 1000: Mount Panorama, Bathurst. 5th October, 1975

Number of Laps: 163

Total Race Time: 7:50:99.1

Fastest lap: Peter Brock, 2:29.8 (148.33 km/h)

Classes:

Class A - Up to 1300cc
Class B - 1301 to 2000cc
Class C - 2001 to 3000cc
Class D - 3001 to 6000cc
PLACE DRIVER / CO DRIVER(S) VEHICLE CLASS LAPS QUALIFYING Class Pos
14 Peter Lander / Bob Martin Mini Cooper S A 140 02:59.2 1
15 Bill Evans / Bruce Stewart Datsun 1200 A 139 03:01.4 2
DNF Doug Whiteford / Geoff Perry Datsun 260Z C DNF not available 12

Bill Evans/Bruce Stewart Datsun 1200 Class Winner
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Action Shot of the same car
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Real action shot!!!!
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Hardie-Ferodo 1000: Mount Panorama, Bathurst. 3rd October, 1976

Number of Laps: 163

Total Race Time: 7:7:12.0

Fastest lap: Allan Moffat and Peter Brock, 2:28.4 (149m73 km/h)

Classes:

Class A - Up to 1300cc
Class B - 1301 to 2000cc
Class C - 2001 to 3000cc
Class D - 3001 to 6000cc
PLACE DRIVER / CO DRIVER(S) VEHICLE CLASS LAPS QUALIFYING Class Pos
24 Bill Evans / Bruce Stewart Datsun 1200 A 139 02:58.7 1

B. Evans B. Stewart - Class A Winner Datsun 1200
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James Hardie 1000: Mount Panorama, Bathurst. 4th October, 1981

Number of Laps: 120

Total Race Time: 4:53:52.7

Fastest lap: Dick Johnson, 2:20.98 (157.61 km/h)

Classes:

Class A - 8 or more Cylinders
Class B - 6 Cylinders & Rotaries
Class C - 4 or 5 Cylinders
PLACE DRIVER / CO DRIVER(S) VEHICLE CLASS LAPS QUALIFYING Class Pos
DNF Masahiro Hasemi / Kazuyoshi Hoshino Nissan Bluebird C 14 not available
DNF Fred Gibson / George Fury Nissan Bluebird C 20 not available

F. Gibson G. Fury Bathurst 1981 Nissan Bluebird
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