Bathurst, NSW, April 11, 1966 – Event 6

Australian Muscle Car - - '66 Clickety-Click -

If Event 4 (see pre­vi­ous spread) re­flected lo­cal mo­tor rac­ing’s past, in many ways Event 6 rep­re­sented the fu­ture. The 1966 Aus­tralian Tour­ing Car Championship was con­tested over a sin­gle 20-lap en­counter, won by Ian Geoghe­gan and his Mus­tang from Norm Beechey’s Chev Nova. It was the first time the na­tional tin-top ti­tle was fought out be­tween Ford and GM V8s, a theme that stretches to the cur­rent day. Be­hind the two stars – and star cars – the field was thin, with just third-placed Kevin Bartlett (Alfa Romeo GTA) avoid­ing be­ing lapped. The field may have lacked depth, but the 20,000-strong crowd showed that in­ter­est in tour­ing car rac­ing was ris­ing.

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