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Spencer Martin is an Australian championship winning racing driver. Martin's short career was highlighted by two Australian Drivers' Championship victories, in 1966 and 1967, racing for Bob Jane Racing.

Spencer Martin
NationalityAustralian
Born1940 (age 78–79)
Sydney, Australia
Australian Drivers' Championship
Years active1965-1967
TeamsScuderia Veloce
Bob Jane Racing
Starts14
Wins6
Best finish1st in 1966 and 1967 Australian Drivers' Championship
Previous series
1966-67Tasman Series
Championship titles
1966
1967
Australian Drivers' Championship
Australian Drivers' Championship

Racing careerEdit

After spectating at the Mount Druitt circuit in the late 1950s Martin entered his first motor race in 1960 in a self built car at Gnoo Blas circuit. A mechanic by trade, Martin moved through the ranks through his contacts in the trade, racing a PRAD sports car and a very successful Holden touring car.[1]

Martin's big break came when he defeated Norm Beechey in a touring car race. Beechey's entrant, David McKay offered Martin a drive with McKay's Scuderia Veloce team at the 1963 Armstrong 500 co-driving with Brian Muir.[2] He achieved a class victory in the 1964 Armstrong 500, sharing a Vauxhall Viva with Bill Brown.[3]

Martin became a part of Scuderia Veloce as a mechanic and driver, acting as lead mechanic when the team brought in international drivers for the Tasman Series. He raced the team’s Repco Brabham BT11A as well as a Ferrari 250LM sports car, winning the 1965 Six Hour Le Mans with McKay in the Ferrari. Martin also placed third in the Italian car in the Australian Tourist Trophy in both 1965 and 1966. He left the team in mid 1966 after a top ten championship finish in the 1966 Tasman Series and found employment with Bob Jane's team. Martin drove Jane's Brabham BT11 to victory in the 1966 and 1967 Australian Drivers' Championships.[2] Martin retired at his peak after the 1967 season to begin a family, although he returned sporadically for Touring Car endurance races including the 1969 Datsun Three Hour in which he drove for the Holden Dealer Team.[4]

In 1979 Martin returned to Scuderia Veloce, racing a Volvo 242 GT touring car at the Bathurst 1000. This in turn led to historic sports car racing overseas, becoming a fixture in the 1980s and 1990s in Europe and North America. Martin made a return to Bathurst in 1993, co-driving with his son Matthew in a Bob Holden entered Toyota Corolla in the Tooheys 1000. Martin continues to race historics.

ResultsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Quinn, Patrick. "Interview: Spencer Martin". Vintage Racecar. Parabolica Publishing, LLC. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Spencer Martin". Features. speedcafe.com. 13 January 2012. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  3. ^ Bill Tuckey, ‘’1964 - Here come the works teams’’, Australia's Greatest Motor Race, The Complete Story, 1981, pages 98-105
  4. ^ Paul Gover, Nice Monaro, but where's the roll cage?, Herald Sun, 10 September 2009 Retrieved on 2 April 2014
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bib Stillwell
Winner of the Australian Drivers' Championship
1966 and 1967
Succeeded by
Kevin Bartlett