1957 Ampol Trial

Start: Sydney, Sunday July 7th

Finish: Sydney, Sunday July 21st

This was the second Ampol Trial, and like the previous one, was not auspiced by CAMS. A last minute attempt to gain a CAMS permit failed with a controversial vote at a National Council Meeting. The event was organised by the Australian Sporting Car Club and authorised by a Committee of the Combined Council of Motor Clubs which included Al Wark, Evan Green and Dave Bartlett .

The event was not a true round Australia trial as it did not visit WA or NT (nor Tasmania) but covered a 9,656 km course which include the (then) infamous Birdsville Track, the Hann Highway to Atherton and the car breaking Sarina-Marlborough Road.

The event attracted a field of 79 starters, almost the same as the “rival” Mobilgas Rally that was run just a month later. Volkswagens were well represented and filled the top two places, with Jack Witter and Doug Stewart victors.

Crossing the Diamantina on the 1957 Ampol Trial [Veedub Club]
Jack Witter and Doug Stewart
Stanard 10 of Stewart Hughes and D. Scarlett
Des West, Kevin Thomas and Noel Eade placed 6th in their Holden F
David Mark and a young Ron Marks had a rollover in their Holden FE

Results and entry list

1Jack WitterDoug StewartVW3
2George ReynoldsLance PerkinsVW5
3John GarardJack Garard / Greg GarardHolden FE21
4Bob ScarlettJoe Dunlop / Ron MountfordStandard Vanguard II48
5Vince BrownCathy Price / Blanch BrownRolls Royce 192761
6Des WestKevin Thomas / Noel EadeHolden FE74
7Col SheedyMT RobertsVW76
8John DeanBill HousteinVW107
9Rex WoodgerD. WoodgerStandard Vanguard II133
10Sid ToshAllan GilbertSimca Aronde157


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