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The 1959 Australian Grand Prix was a Formula Libre motor race [1] held at the Longford Circuit in Tasmania, Australia on 2 March 1959.

1959 Australian Grand Prix
Race 3 of 12 in 1959 Australian Drivers' Championship
Longford Circuit track map.jpg
Race details
Date 2 March 1959
Location Longford Circuit, Longford, Tasmania
Course Temporary road circuit
Course length 7.242 km (4.501 mi)
Distance 25 laps, 175 km (110 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver Maserati
Fastest lap
Driver Australia Arnold Glass Maserati
Time 2'27
First Maserati
  • Australia Len Lukey
  • Australia Arnold Glass

The race, which had 13 starters, was the twenty fourth Australian Grand Prix and the third race of the 1959 Australian Drivers' Championship. Stan Jones won his only AGP, breaking through after years of trying with the Maybach series of specials to win in his Maserati 250F, in what would be the last Australian Grand Prix victory for a front-engined car.

The grid for the Grand Prix was determined by race times set in two qualifying races on the Saturday prior to the main race. The first heat was won by Doug Whiteford from Arnold Glass and Bill Patterson. The second heat was won by Jones in a race time almost 20 seconds shorter than Whiteford's, giving him the pole position, from Len Lukey and Alec Mildren.


A Maserati 250F, similar to the car driven to victory in the 1959 Australian Grand Prix by Stan Jones

Results as follows.[2]

Pos No. Driver Car Entrant [3] Laps Time
1 1   Stan Jones Maserati 250F / Maserati 2.5L Stan Jones Motors Pty Ltd 25 1h 11m 44s
2 5   Len Lukey Cooper T45 / Climax FPE 2.0L Lukey Mufflers Pty Ltd 25 1h 11m 46s
3 7   Arnold Glass Maserati 250F / Maserati 2.5L Capitol Motors 25 1h 13m 21s
4 4   Alec Mildren Cooper T43 / Climax FPF 2.0L AG Mildren Pty Ltd 25 1h 13m 50s
5 6   Alan Jack Cooper T39 / Climax FPE 1.5L A Jack 21
6 14   Lyn Archer Cooper T39 / Climax 1.1L Ecurie van Diemen 20
Ret 74   Max Stephens Cooper T40 / Bristol 2.0L Max Stephens' Palm Grove Car Centre 18
Ret 56   Ron Phillips Cooper T33 [4] / Jaguar 3.8L J & R Phillips 13
Ret 19   John Roxburgh Cooper T41 / Climax 1.5L Kingsbridge Service 13
Ret 60   Austin Miller Miller Special / Climax FWB 1.5L Victorian Amateur Drivers Club Inc 8
Ret 3   Ted Gray Tornado Mk.II / Chevrolet 4.6L Lou Abrahams 4
Ret 44   John Lanyon MG TC Special / MG 1.3L S/c [5] Victorian Amateur Drivers Club Inc 0
Ret 26   Doug Whiteford Maserati 300S / Maserati 3.0L Doug Whiteford 0
DNS 75 [5]   Bill Patterson Cooper / Climax FPF 1.8L Bill Patterson Motors Pty Ltd
DNQ [5] 55 [5]   John Youl [5] Wylie Javelin [5] / Jowett 1.5L S/c [5] John C Youl



  1. ^ Official Yearbook of Motor Sport in Australia - 1959, published by authority of CAMS, The Australian Grand Prix - page 43
  2. ^ Howard, Graham (1986). "1959". In Howard, Graham (ed.). The Official 50-race history of the Australian Grand Prix. Gordon, NSW: R & T Publishing. pp. 248–255. ISBN 0-9588464-0-5.
  3. ^ Souvenir Programme, Australian Grand Prix, Longford Circuit, (1959), page 29
  4. ^ John B Blanden, Cooper Type 33 Jaguar, Historic Racing Cars in Australia, 1979, page 128
  5. ^ a b c d e f g 1959 Gold Star Races, dandsshaw, as archived at
  6. ^ 1959 Australian Grand Prix, Australian Motor Sport Review 1958-59, pages 86 & 87
Preceded by
1958 Australian Grand Prix
Australian Grand Prix
Succeeded by
1960 Australian Grand Prix