He sought support from various sponsors Max Mcleod initially provided some money to help run the Tornado, Goss convinced McLeod to enter Series Production racing in 1969, this class exploding in public consciousness at the time with some phenomenal road cars built by Holden, Ford and Chrysler. As in the circuit was under the flooded Nerang River, Schuppan took the trophy, the presentation in waist deep water, the promoters gaining a shot for the tabloids despite the lack of a race! oldracephotos Lindsay Ross recalls ‘A Falcon XL sedan provided the motor, triple Webers were fitted in 1967, the steering wheel was fashioned out of a yacht centreboard. Goss DNF with engine failure. He was showing the way with it and getting lots of publicity, but he and long-suffering mechanics were up to their armpits in alligators with mechanical mayhem. Once we have received payment, we will e-mail you a jpeg file within 48 hours, which will print up to a 8x12 inch photograph. Walkinshaw ran three factory backed Group A XJS’ in the ETCC, won that title in 1984, and added a lot of technical assistance to Goss’ team with revised suspension and the use of one of TWR’s V12 engines. Ford and Holden, the latter with their Torana V8 SLR5000 and L34, had big oil surge problems with their engines; a function of greater grip with the wider tyres allowed and inadequate wet sump arrangements. This took him all the way to the top of Australian motor racing, he and Kevin Bartlett won the Bathurst 1000 in 1974 in a Ford Falcon XA GT.
He didn’t contest the Calder and Sandown rounds in Victoria but was back for the AGP at Oran Park although by this stage Max Stewart had the ‘Gold Star’ in the bag. Manufacturers Championships Review, Australian Competition Yearbook, 1975 Edition, pages 120–145, Entry List, Official Programme, 1974 Hardie-Ferodo 1000, pages 35 & 37, Mini Mystery Solved, BMC Experience Issue 5, April–June 2013, Page 84, 1974 Australian Manufacturers' Championship, Steve Maher. Goss from Vern Schuppan by 5/10 second. Goss in his Matich A53 Repco ‘007’.
Goss also won the F5000 Australian Grand Prix at Sandown in 1976. Goss exiting Murray’s Corner Bathurst 500 1973. Neat. Gossy having his mirrors fitted in the clearly just finished Matich A53/55 Ford ‘007’. In addition to the leading drivers covered above, other frontliners in the series that year were Kiwis Graham McRae in his McRae GM2 and Chris Amon in the Talon MR1, an identical car to the GM2, the design acquired from GM by American Jack McCormack, the cars built in the ‘States. Goss / Bartlett Falcon XA GT - Forbes / Negus Torana L34 - Richards / Coppins Toran L34, 74185 - Allan Moffat Brut 33 XB Falcon - Bathurst 1974 - Photographer Wayne Franks, 74736 - M. Carter / M. Stillwell - Bathurst 1974 - Ford Falcon GT - XB, 74748 - J. Goss / K Bartlett - 1st Outright & Class D winner - Ford Falcon GT XB - Bathurst 1974 - Photographer Lance J Ruting. Australia’s obsession with Touring Cars has meant that funds have generally not been flush in open-wheeler racing, the early years of Formula Pacific, 1981-2 arguably the exception. He qualified the Ford car at the Sandown 1978 Rothmans with a 64.6 second lap but raced the Repco chassis. (Vic Hughes). Ford engine of note! Goss testing his Matich A53/55 Ford at Oran Park during the Rothmans series in February 1978. FM had been badly hurt in a boating incident in which he was electrocuted, he decided it was time to quit to focus on his family and business interests which then comprised the distribution of Goodyear race tyres and Bell helmets in Australia. He did 7 laps, brushed the wall on the out lap keeping out of the way of another car which moved over on him, he managed a 1:10.4 compared with Warwick Browns Lola T332 Chev pole of 1:5.4. L>R; Max Stewart Lola T400 Chev, Vern Schuppan Elfin MR8 Chev and Goss to the right, Matich A5153 Repco. 74702 - J. Goss / K Bartlett - Bathurst 1974 1st Outright & Class D winner Ford Falcon XA-GT, 74703 - J. Goss / K Bartlett - Bathurst 1974 - 1st Outright & Class D winner - Ford Falcon XA-GT, 74704 - R. Forbes / W Negus - Bathurst 1974 - 2nd Outright - Torana L34 SLR 5000, 74705 - J. Richards / R. Coppins - Bathurst 1974 - 3rd Outright - Torana L34 SLR 5000, 74706 - R. Gulson / D. Crowther - Bathurst 1974 - Class B winner - Alfa Romeo GTV, 74707 - T. Farrell / B. Reed - Bathurst 1974 - Class C Winner - Mazda RX3 Coupe, 74708 - T. Mulvihill / T. Shiel - Bathurst 1974 - Mazda 1300, 74709 - P. Brock s Pitt Crew hard at it. Internationals for the Australian Rounds were Aussie Vern Schuppan and the UK’s David Purley, Lola’s T332/T330 mounted and American John Cannon adding some interest with a March 73A/751 Chev. Car is Ford Falcon XA GT351 Coupe ‘Sports Sedan’. Quick view. Jon Davison looking for divine inspiration in the background, his car an earlier Matich A50 Repco ‘004’. XR V8 - XR GT - XT GT - XT 500 - XW GT - XW GTHO PHASE 1 - XW GTHO PHASE 2 - XY GS... A pictorial hard cover book (300mm x 220mm) with 60 pages of images of every Holden Torana SL/R 5000 L34 (Robert Davies), Three Vignettes of John Goss, all at Sandown Park stick in my mind….
In Adelaide, the last Series Round he was 4th and lapped as was the rest of the field, Jones dominant in his Lola T332. (Ian Smith). 74709 - P. Brock s Pitt Crew hard at it. At Surfers he failed to finish with oil scavenge pump problems.
The last of the true privateers – Leyland Marina at Bathurst 1974, as archived at www.webcitation.org from www.leylandp76.com on 13 October 2012, Race results at www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au, 1974 Hardie Ferodo 1000 Race Program at www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au, Bathurst 1974 images at www.autopics.com.au, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=1974_Hardie-Ferodo_1000&oldid=940561227, All Wikipedia articles written in Australian English, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Pole Position – No.1 Peter Brock – 2:30.8, Fastest Lap – No.1 Peter Brock – 2:29.8 (Average Speed 128 km/h), This page was last edited on 13 February 2020, at 07:14. The AGP was the first round of the Gold Star that year, Goss matched local boy, Bruce Allison’s pole time but withdrew from the race early with a rough engine and visibility problems. I think you would have to say that he demonstrated in that race all the qualities that are necessary, the skill to do the job; the determination to be there, overcoming whatever hurdles might have been put in his way along the path he followed; the recognition of openwheelers as the pinnacle, despite having already won the biggest race in Australia. Peter Brock won that year in a Holden Torana LJ XU-1. The Matich Ford, the engine comprised a 4 main bearing bolt Windsor ‘Boss’ block with Cleveland heads, the latter to address the shortcomings of the Windsors ports, was tested but it does not appear to have ever been raced.
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