Bathurst, NSW, April 11, 1966 – Event 4
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.