The 1960 Armstrong 500 was an endurance motor race for Australian made or assembled standard production sedans. The event was held at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in Victoria on 20 November 1960 over a distance 167 laps x 3.0 miles = 501 miles.

This was the first event held in the history of the race which would later become known as the Bathurst 1000, the race that would come to dominated Australian motor racing.

Outright controversyEdit

Officially only class placings were awarded. In later years as the fame of the Bathurst 1000 grew, outright placings, particularly the outright winner, became more widely recognised. John Roxburgh and Frank Coad have been widely acclaimed as the outright winners of the event, and have been recognised in CAMS motorsport manual in more recent times. This has been the source of some controversy as claims the winner of class C, Geoff Russell, David Anderson and Tony Loxton covered the race distance in a faster time. The source of the disrepancy arises from the starting procedure which saw the classes released at thirty second intervals, with the class D Roxburgh/Coad Vauxhall starting the race thirty seconds before the class C Russell/Anderson/Loxton Peugeot. With surviving records not sufficiently accurate whether the Peugeot was closer than thirty seconds behind the Vauxhall at the finish, the issue has petered out over time.

Class structureEdit

Class AEdit

Class A was for cars with an engine capacity of 750cc or less. The class featured Fiat 600, Lloyd Alexander, NSU Prinz and Renault 750.

Class BEdit

Class B was for cars with an engine capacity of between 751cc and 1300cc. The class featured Ford Anglia, Renault Dauphine, Simca Aronde, Triumph Herald and Volkswagen Beetle.

Class CEdit

Class C was for cars with an engine capacity of between 1301cc and 2000cc. The class featured Austin Lancer,
Austin Lancer at 1960 Armstrong 500

The Brian Foley / Alan Edney Austin Lancer competing in the 1960 Armstrong 500.

Hillman Minx, Morris Major, Peugeot 403 and Singer Gazelle.

Class DEdit

Class D was for cars with an engine capacity between 2001cc and 3500cc. The class featured Ford Falcon, Humber Super Snipe, Mercedes-Benz 220SE, Standard Vanguard and Vauxhall Cresta.

Class EEdit

Class E was for cars with an engine capacity over 3500cc. There was only one entry in this class, a Ford Customline.


Class results were as follows:

Class AEdit

Pos. No. Entrant Drivers Car Laps
1 1 Continental & General Distributors

Doug Whiteford

Lex Davison

NSU Prinz 155
2 2 Continental & General Distributors

Bruce Walton

Paul England

NSU Prinz 151
3 3 Continental & General Distributors

Hoot Gibson

J. Gorman

NSU Prinz 150
4 10

Bill March

John Connolly

Renault 750 145
5 15

Wal Gillespie

Lou Sinclair

Fiat 600 138
6 6 Finlay Motors

Kevin Lott

G. Petty

Lloyd Alexander 135
7 16 Torino Motors

Brian Pyers

Frank Elkins

Fiat 600 135
8 5 Finlay Motors

Graham Levingston

Peter Candy

Lloyd Alexander 134
9 7 Finlay Motors

R. Slaney

G. White

Lloyd Alexander 132
10 8

Les Park

J. Fleming

Renault 750

Rex Emmett

A. Hawkins

Renault 750
DNF 6 Finlay Motors

Tony Thieler

Frank Kilfoyle

Lloyd Alexander

Class BEdit

Pos. No. Entrant Drivers Car Laps
1 24 Melody Motors

Murray Galt

Bill Murray

Simca Aronde 164
2 23 Eiffel Tower

Jack Nougher

Lionel Marsh

Simca Aronde 161
3 22 B.J. Autos

Bob Brown

Michael Lempriere

Simca Aronde 161
4 27 Australian Motor Industries

Jack Maurer

Ern Abbott

Triumph Herald 158
5 20

Rex Orman

Max McPherson

Volkswagen Beetle 158
6 18

David McKay

Greg Cusack

Volkswagen Beetle 158
7 19

Arthur Wylie

Ken Wylie

Volkswagen Beetle 157
8 29

Bill Nolder

John Ampt

Ford Anglia 156
9 14

J. Leighton

Alan Ling

Renault Dauphine 154
10 12

Des West

Ian Geoghegan

Renault Dauphine 152
11 11

Bill Pitt

Leo Geoghegan

Renault Dauphine 151
DNF 17

Eddie Perkins

George Reynolds

Volkswagen Beetle
DNF 26 Australian Motor Industries

Graham Hoinville

Austin Miller

Triumph Herald
DNF 25

Ray Christie

George Hughes

Simca Aronde
DNF 21

Jack Murray

W. Murison

Simca Aronde

Class CEdit

Pos. No. Entrant Drivers Car Laps
1 34 Continental & General Distributors

Geoff Russell

David Anderson

Tony Loxton

Peugeot 403 167
2 41 B.M.C.

Peter Manton

Barry Topen

Morris Major 164
3 38 B.M.C.

George Spanos

Leo Taylor

Austin Lancer 161
4 35 Continental & General Distributors

Bob Holden

Ken Brigden

Peugeot 403 160
5 42 B.M.C.

Brian Muir

Jim Smith

Morris Major 160
6 43 B.M.C.

Rod Murphy

John Callaway

Morris Major 159
7 45 Rootes Australia

Harry Firth

John Reaburn

Singer Gazelle 159
8 36 Continental & General Distributors

Ron Lilley

Jim Gullan

Peugeot 403 157
9 39 B.M.C.

Brian Foley

Alan Edney

Austin Lancer 155
DNF 44 Rootes Australia

Bill Clemens

Don Dunoon

Hillman Minx
DNF 40 B.M.C.

Barry Gurdon

Clyde Miller

Austin Lancer

Class DEdit

Pos. No. Entrant Drivers Car Laps
1 37 S. A. Cheney

John Roxburgh

Frank Coad

Vauxhall Cresta 167
2 28 Australian Motor Industries

Norm Beechey

John French

Standard Vanguard 162
3 30 Autoland

Bob Jane

Lou Molina

Ford XK Falcon 161
DNF 46 Rootes Australia

Bill Graetz

Fred Sutherland

Humber Super Snipe
DNF 47

Gavin Youl

John Youl

Mercedes-Benz 220SE
DNF 31

Ron Phillips

Ern Seeliger

Ford XK Falcon

Class EEdit

Pos. No. Entrant Drivers Car Laps
1 32 Sabina Motors

Ray Gibbs

Murray Carter

Ford Customline 154


  • Fastest Lap - #47 Youl/Youl - 2:41 - Laps 15, 45 & 62
  • Race Time - 8:20:45