1973 Akademos

The Akademos was held on 26 May.  Jeff Beaumont tells the story:

VRC Round 3 – 1973 MUCC Akademos 

The Akademos has been traditionally run by the Melbourne University Car Club. The name “Akademos“ is an amalgam of: Academic (akadem) and Motorsport (mos).

This year the event was directed by Geoff Sproat and was run in the dry, dusty areas north of Bairnsdale.

This Akademos  attracted a capacity field of 45 crews . The event would feature another extremely close finish, with the top 3 cars separated by just a single point! It certainly demonstrated the quality and depth of talent in the 1973 VRC.

The first Division started with three stages north of Stockdale then a series of stages around Bullumwaal before a break at Bruthen. The second half was all in the forests north of Bruthen.

Peter Janson retired his XU-1 with broken transmission and the same issue stopped Peter Davis’ Escort.

A very rugged and challenging 39 mile (62 km) loop over Morris Peak claimed a dozen crews, including Bob Bird who clipped a bank and retired.

George Fury was driving very well indeed in his 2 litre Cortina, and led by 3 points at the Division end at Bruthen. However, he and Monty were about to endure a hectic second and final division.  They lost over a minute down a wrong road and then suffered a puncture. They then drove furiously to make up the leeway, scoring fastest times.

The final result at Bairnsdale showed Fury/Suffern had tied on points with Watson and Beaumont, with Gil Davis / Peter Haas just a single point behind.

Amazingly the Fury Cortina won the Akademos on a count back.

Report in Racing Car News.

Fury and Suffern in action on the 73 Alpine

Results and entry list

1George FuryMonty SuffernCortina37
2Bob WatsonJeff BeaumontRenault R12 Gordini37
3Gil DavisPeter HaasDatsun 180B SSS38
4Matt PhilipRoger BonhommeTorana XU0142
5Bill EvansMike MitchellDatsun 100048
6Bruce WilsonWal HarrisDatsun 180B SSS61

Detailed results