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1976 Hardie-Ferodo 1000
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The race winning Morris/Fitzpatrick Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34

The 1976 Hardie-Ferodo 1000 was the 17th running of the Bathurst 1000 touring car race. It was held on 3 October 1976 at the Mount Panorama Circuit just outside Bathurst in New South Wales, Australia. The race was open to cars complying with CAMS Group C Touring Car regulations.

The race was dramatically won by the Ron Hodgson Motors entered Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 of Bob Morris and British driver John Fitzpatrick. Second on the same lap was the Holden Dealer Team Torana L34 of Colin Bond and John Harvey. Brothers Peter and Phil Brock in the Team Brock entered Torana L34 completed a second consecutive podium clean sweep for the Torana L34. In fact, Torana L34s filled the top seven places.

The competitors in the over three litre class included ex-Formula 1 drivers Jack Brabham and Stirling Moss, in a Torana L34 entered by Esmonds Motors of Queanbeyan. Brabham was driving competitively for the first time since 1971, and Moss had not competed in a circuit race since his Goodwood crash in 1962. The two former Grand Prix stars attracted much publicity and ultimately qualified tenth. However, their race effectively ended when Brabham lined up to take the start; the Torana’s gears became jammed on the grid and a Triumph Dolomite Sprint rammed it hard from behind (in his attempt to find a gear, Jack had failed to put his arm out the window to warn other drivers). Although the Torana was hastily repaired, and reappeared several hours later simply for appearances, it eventually blew its motor with Moss at the wheel.[1][2][3] Unfortunately Moss attracted criticism from other drivers after the Torana's engine blew as he continued to drive the car on the racing line for ¾ of a lap, with smoke billowing from the exhaust and dropping oil on the track.

The 2001 to 3000cc class saw Ford Capri drivers Barry Seton and Don Smith take a one lap victory over the Mazda RX-3 of Don Holland and Lynn Brown. Another Capri, the car of Graham Moore and emerging Queensland driver Dick Johnson was a further lap down in third.

The 1301 to 2000cc class also saw one lap margins between the top three cars with the Ford Escort of Eric Boord and Tom Tymons beating the Alfa Romeo GTV of Phil McDonnell and Jim Hunter. The Bob Holden run Ford Escort of Lyndon Arnel and Peter Hopwood was third.

The John Roxburgh Motors entered Datsun 1200 of Bill Evans and Bruce Stewart took a two lap victory in the Up to 1300cc class over the Honda Civics of Brian Reed and Ian Chilman, and Roger Bonhomme and Doug Whiteford.

The 1976 race continues to be a source of controversy, as it has been claimed that a lap scoring error caused the Hold Dealer Team Torana of Bond and Harvey not to be counted for a lap, thus robbing them of the victory. However HDT, the team backed by Holden, did not appeal the results; some have claimed this is because Holden did not want to appear to be doing a disservice to the Morris/Fitzpatrick team which was run by Ron Hodgson Motors, which at the time was Sydney's largest Holden dealership. The lap counting error has been denied by the Australian Racing Drivers Club (ARDC), and by some teams (including the race winners and television broadcaster Channel 7) who carried out their own lap scoring. An appeal of the results was not lodged prior to the expiration date meaning the results as published are final. In 2003 Holden offered Harvey an apology for not appealing the results. This occurred at a testimonial dinner for Harvey who after retiring from racing had gone on to become a senior executive with Holden Special Vehicles. Since that time though, Harvey has caused controversy by publicly stating that he was the winner of the race, though the official results continue to show him finishing second. For his part, Colin Bond has remained in dignified silence.[4]


Class structureEdit

Reproduction of the Bond/Harvey HDT Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34

The field was divided into four classes based on engine capacity.[5]

Class: Up to 1300ccEdit

The class comprised Alfa Romeo 1300, Datsun 1200, Fiat 128 3P, Ford Escort, Honda Civic, Mazda 1300, Morris Clubman GT, Toyota Corolla and Volkswagen Passat.

Class: 1301cc - 2000ccEdit

The class saw a mix of Alfa Romeo Alfetta and 2000 GTV, BMW 2002, Fiat 124 Sport, Ford Escort RS2000, Mazda RX-3, Triumph Dolomite and Volkswagen Golf.

Class: 2001cc - 3000ccEdit

The class featured BMW 3.0Si, Ford Capri and Mazda RX-3.

Class: 3001cc - 6000ccEdit

The class consisted only of Holden Torana and Ford Falcon entries.

Top 10 QualifiersEdit


Pos Class No Entrant [5] Drivers Car Laps Qual
1 3001cc - 6000cc 7 Ron Hodgson Motors   Bob Morris
  John Fitzpatrick
Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 163 4
2 3001cc - 6000cc 1 Marlboro Holden Dealer Team   Colin Bond
  John Harvey
Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 163 3
3 3001cc - 6000cc 5 Team Brock   Peter Brock
  Phil Brock
Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 160 2
4 3001cc - 6000cc 8 Marlboro Holden Dealer Team   Charlie O'Brien
  Wayne Negus
Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 160 7
5 3001cc - 6000cc 15 Captain Peter Janson   Peter Janson
  Kevin Bartlett
Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 158 9
6 3001cc - 6000cc 14 Bob Forbes   Bob Forbes
  Russ McRae
Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 157 15
7 3001cc - 6000cc 3 Max Wright Motors Pty Ltd   Bob Skelton
  Alan Hamilton
Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 157 13
8 2001cc - 3000cc 26 Barry Benson   Barry Seton
  Don Smith
Ford Capri Mk.I 156 18
9 2001cc - 3000cc 23 Penrith Mazda Centre Pty Ltd   Don Holland
  Lynn Brown
Mazda RX-3 155 28
10 2001cc - 3000cc 28 Bryan Byrt Ford   Graham Moore
  Dick Johnson
Ford Capri Mk.I RS3100 154 19
11 2001cc - 3000cc 21 Mazda House Racing Team   Geoff Leeds
  Jim McKeown
Mazda RX-3 154 25
12 1301cc - 2000cc 51 Fischer Ford Racing Team   Eric Boord
  Tom Tymons
Ford Escort RS2000 Mk.I 152 30
13 2001cc - 3000cc 30 Wyong Tyres & Spares   Russell Skaife
  Brian Potts
Ford Capri Mk.I 151 26
14 1301cc - 2000cc 39 Quick Fit Spares & Accessories   Phil McDonnell
  Jim Hunter
Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV 151 39
15 1301cc - 2000cc 45 Bob Holden - Shell Sport   Lyndon Arnel
  Peter Hopwood
Ford Escort RS2000 Mk.II 150 38
16 1301cc - 2000cc 60 Clemens Sporting Car Servies Pty Ltd   Frank Porter
  Tony Roberts
Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTAm 149 34
17 1301cc - 2000cc 59 Autodelta Racing Australia   John Leffler
  Richard Carter
Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTAm 148 33
18 1301cc - 2000cc 40 Pye Racing   Peter Wherrett
  David Jones
Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV 148 35
19 3001cc - 6000cc 18 Murray Carter   Murray Carter
  Ray Winter
Ford XB Falcon GT Hardtop 148 14
20 2001cc - 3000cc 34 Craven Mild Racing   Paul Older
  Barry Lake
BMW 3.0 Si 147 31
21 1301cc - 2000cc 50 Computer Accounting Services Pty Ltd   Terry Daly
  Barry Jones
Ford Escort RS2000 Mk.I 146 42
22 2001cc - 3000cc 25 Eurocars Pty Ltd   Brian Wheeler
  Neil Mason
Mazda RX-3 143 32
23 1301cc - 2000cc 48 De Bortolis Wines Pty Ltd   Bruce Hodgson
  Dave Morrow
Ford Escort RS2000 Mk.II 142 37
24 Up to 1300cc 71 John Roxburgh Motors Pty Ltd   Bill Evans
  Bruce Stewart
Datsun 1200 139 49
25 2001cc - 3000cc 24 Bangalow Motors Pty Ltd   John Duggan
  Doug Angus
Mazda RX-3 139 29
26 Up to 1300cc 64 Ian Chilman   Brian Reed
  Ian Chilman
Honda Civic 137 55
27 3001cc - 6000cc 13 Tim Slako   Tim Slako
  Brian Rhodes
Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 137 17
28 Up to 1300cc 62 Mollison Motors Pty Ltd   Roger Bonhomme
  Doug Whiteford
Honda Civic 137 53
29 Up to 1300cc 75 Jeff Harris   Jeff Harris
  Arthur Hardwick
Morris Clubman GT 136 56
30 Up to 1300cc 65 James Mason Motors Pty Ltd   Brian Porter
  John Ainsley
Mazda 1300 130 61
31 3001cc - 6000cc 2 John Goss Racing Pty Ltd   John Goss
  Jim Richards
Ford XB Falcon GT Hardtop 129 5
32 Up to 1300cc 67 Peter Williamson Pty Ltd   Greg Toepfer
  Greville Arnel
Toyota Corolla 127 57
33 Up to 1300cc 76 Ray Molloy Motors Preston   Ray Molloy
  Alan Braszell
Morris Clubman GT 125 51
34 Up to 1300cc 73 Avant Motors - Alfa   Robin Dudfield
  Tony Niovanni
Alfa Romeo GT 1300 Junior 116 59
DNF 1301cc - 2000cc 41 Gil Gordon Alfa   Ron Gillard
  Graham Harrison
Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV 120 41
DNF 2001cc - 3000cc 31 ATP (Aust) Pty Ltd   Alan Cant
  George Morrell
Ford Capri Mk.I 111 20
DNF Up to 1300cc 63 Auto Village - Nowra   Ken Brian
  Noel Riley
Honda Civic 104 58
DNF 1301cc - 2000cc 37 Ron Hodgson Motors   Ron Dickson
  Graeme Lawrence
Triumph Dolomite Sprint 103 22
DNF 1301cc - 2000cc 56 Bob Glazier   Peter Granger
  Gerry Murphy
BMW 2002 Tii 97 47
DNF 3001cc - 6000cc 6 Warren Cullen Wrecking Pty Ltd   Warren Cullen
  Max Stewart
Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 95 11
DNF 3001cc - 6000cc 9 Moffat-Ford Dealer Team   Allan Moffat
  Vern Schuppan
Ford XB Falcon GT Hardtop 87 1
DNF 1301cc - 2000cc 61 Bob Williamson's Mini Factory Tyre
Traders & Merchants Pty Ltd
  Gary Cooke
  Bob Williamson
Mazda RX-3 83 62
DNF 1301cc - 2000cc 38 Endrust (Australia) Pty Ltd   James Laing-Peach
  Paul Gulson
Triumph Dolomite Sprint 82 23
DNF 3001cc - 6000cc 12 Craven Mild Racing   Allan Grice
  Frank Gardner
Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 72 8
DNF 1301cc - 2000cc 35 B & G Meyer Leyland   John Dellaca
  Kerry Wade
Triumph Dolomite Sprint 67 36
DNF Up to 1300cc 78 Hugh Donaldson   Hugh Donaldson
  Mike Quinn
Morris Clubman GT 58 52
DNF 3001cc - 6000cc 4 Gown-Hindhaugh Engine Developments   Garth Wigston
  Bruce Hindhaugh
Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 56 12
DNF 1301cc - 2000cc 58 Brian Foley Pty Ltd   Marie-Claude Charmasson
  Christine Gibson
Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTAm 52 48
DNF 1301cc - 2000cc 52 Allan Nuttall   Allan Nuttall
  Richard Bailey
Fiat 124 Sport 51 46
DNF 1301cc - 2000cc 53 Lennox Motors   Chris Heyer
  Peter Lander
Volkswagen Golf 38 45
DNF 3001cc - 6000cc 17 Esmonds Motors   Jack Brabham
  Stirling Moss
Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 37 10
DNF 2001cc - 3000cc 32 Head Mod Engineering   Lawrie Nelson
  Nick Louis
Ford Capri Mk.I 32 24
DNF 1301cc - 2000cc 49 Brian Wood Ford Pty Ltd   Rod Stevens
  Jim Murcott
Ford Escort RS2000 Mk.I 28 44
DNF Up to 1300cc 72 Caroline O'Shanesy   Caroline O'Shanesy
  Garry Leggatt
Fiat 128 3P 27 60
DNF 1301cc - 2000cc 43 Bob Holden - Shell Sport   Bob Holden
  Ray Cutchie
Ford Escort RS2000 Mk.II 23 43
DNF Up to 1300cc 69 Ken Harrison - Shell Sport   Ken Harrison
  David Turnbull
Ford Escort 1300 Mk.I 22 54
DNF Up to 1300cc 70 Blackwood Cars Pty Ltd   Bernie Stack
  Keith Poole
Volkswagen Passat 19 50
DNF 1301cc - 2000cc 57 Ralph Radburn   Ralph Radburn
  Peter Williamson
BMW 2002 Tii 14 27
DNF 2001cc - 3000cc 27 City Ford   Lakis Manticas
  Doug Chivas
Ford Capri Mk.I 3 21
DNF 1301cc - 2000cc 36 Orange City Leyland   David Seldon
  Bob Martin
Triumph Dolomite Sprint 0 40
DNS 3001cc - 6000cc 20 Craven Mild Racing   Frank Gardner
  Allan Grice
Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 6
DNS 3001cc - 6000cc 16 Breville Holdings Pty Ltd   Ray Kaleda
  Bob Stevens
Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 16
DNQ 3001cc - 6000cc 10 Barry Sheales Holden Pty Ltd   Kel Gough
  Tom Naughton
Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34
DNQ 2001cc - 3000cc 29 Geoff Moran   Geoff Moran
  Graeme Ibbotson
Ford Capri Mk.I
DNQ 1301cc - 2000cc 47 Peak Performance Pty Ltd   John English
  Gary Scott
Ford Escort RS2000 Mk.II
DNQ Up to 1300cc 68 Peter Mac’s Towing Pty Ltd   Geoff Wade
  John Stoopman
Ford Escort 1300 Mk.I
DNQ Up to 1300cc 74 Fred’s Treads Pty Ltd   Gordon Rich
  David Crowther
Alfa Romeo GT 1300 Junior


  • Pole Position - #9 Allan Moffat - 2:25.0
  • Fastest Lap - #9 Allan Moffat & #5 Peter Brock - 2:28.4
  • Average Speed - 141 km/h
  • Race Time of winning car - 7:07:12.0 [5]


  1. ^ "Brabham, Moss to drive at Bathurst". The Sydney Morning Herald. 20 August 1976. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
  2. ^ Wood, Brian (19 May 2014). "Sir Jack Brabham remembered in Bathurst". Western Advocate (Bathurst). Retrieved 2 June 2014.
  3. ^ "When Sir Jack Took on the Mountain". Holden Motorsport website. Holden Motorsport. 21 May 2014. Archived from the original on 5 June 2014. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
  4. ^ Noonan, Aaron (26 July 2010). "Who really won the 1976 Bathurst 1000?". Speed Cafe. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
  5. ^ a b c 1976 Official Programme, Hardie-Ferodo 1000, Entry List, pages 35 & 37
  • Greenhalgh, David; Thomas B. Floyd; Bill Tuckey (2000). Australia's Greatest Motor Race 1960-1999. Chevron Publishing Group. pp. 218–225 & 464. ISBN 1-875221-12-3.

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