1956 Ampol Trial

Start: Sydney, Sunday July 15th

Finish: Sydney, Sunday July 29th

With no REDex Trial planned for 1956, two competing proposals emerged for similar style events. Perhaps not surprisingly, these came out of Sydney (the Ampol Trial) and Melbourne (the Mobilgas Trial). CAMS in its wisdom decided that there should only be one “round Australia” trial each year, and perhaps with a bias towards Melbourne, auspiced the Mobilgas Trial. The Ampol Trial was denied a permit and threatened any entrants to a “rebel” event would have their licences cancelled.

The Ampol Trial proceeded and was organised by a Committee of the Combined Council of Motor Clubs which included Al Wark, Evan Green and Dave Bartlett. The lack of CAMS approval lead to a breakdown in relationships with the supposed governing body and many car clubs in NSW in particular.

The1956 Ampol was a “half” round Australia, not visiting WA (not Tasmania). It went in a clockwise direction and went as far west as Alice Springs and as far north as Cairns. The route was approximately 10,000 km.

The event attracted a field of 120 cars. It was won by Wilf Murrell and Allen Taylor in a Peugeot 403

1956 Ampol Trial winners, Wilf Murrell and Allen Taylor
The VW of Jack Letchford and Arthur Glasson
Bruce Hodgson and P. McLure were in a Simca

Results and entry list

PlaceDriverNavigator /
1Wild MurrellAllen TaylorPeugeot 403268
2Max GoldsmithRob JamesVW395
3Jack “Milko” MurrayJack Diamond /
Tom Smith
Holden FJ688
4=John LefoeEd “Rex” Woodger /
Spencer Vale
Standard Vanguard I735
4=Jack LetchfordArthur GlassonVW735
6Bob ScarlettKen Maxfield /
Ron Mountford
Standard Vanguard II736
7A. “Duck” AndersonTony AnthonyHolden FJ758
8Peter AnthillMax WinklessAustin A90773
9Bill RobinsonLindsay HallVW874
10Donald MacraeDavid Clinton /
Mervyn Collens /
Kethel Rooke
Ford V8 1939879


The route of the 1956 Ampol Trial started and finished in Sydney at Bondi Beach and visited Nowra, Goulburn, Canberra, Cooma, Orbost, Melbourne, Mt Gambier, Bordertown, Horsham, Hopetoun, Mildura, Adelaide, Kingoonya, Coober Pedy, Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Mt Isa, Cloncurry,  McKinlay, Winton, Longreach, Hughenden, Cairns, Townsville, Brisbane, Southport, Grafton, Glen Innes and Newcastle.

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