Bathurst, NSW, April 11, 1966 – Event 4

Australian Muscle Car - - '66 Clickety-Click -

How’s this for an eclec­tic and star-stud­ded bunch? It’s a six-lap screamer, en­ti­tled ‘Event 4: Rac­ing Cars and Sports Rac­ing Cars’. Cigar-shaped sin­gle-seaters com­bined with tra­di­tional pro­duc­tion-based ma­chines and an early ‘big banger’ pro­to­type. The lat­ter is the pole-sit­ting Frank Matich-driven 4.5-litre Elfin Traco Oldsmo­bile, which shares the front row with Jim Palmer (Brab­ham Cli­max, cen­tre) and John Har­vey (Brab­ham Ford, #76). Be­hind them are the likes of Kevin Bartlett, Max Ste­wart, Jim Palmer, Phil West, Leo Geoghe­gan, Niel Allen and Ron Thorpe (AC Co­bra). No such thing as a con­trol chas­sis for­mula 50 years ago. Matich won, kept hon­est by Palmer.

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