New Zealand Motor Racing
1959

Events:
For the 1959 NZ Grand Prix refer 6th New Zealand Grand Prix
8th Lady Wigram Trophy
1st Waimate 50
2nd Teretonga International

 

8th Lady Wigram Trophy

Date: 24th January 1959
Venue: Wigram
Airfield

71 laps of 3.405 kms (241.77 kms)

Grid: (* denotes pole)

 Ron Flockhart*                Jack Brabham                 Bruce McLaren                Ross Jensen
                        Syd Jensen                       Tom Clark                      Johnny Mansel
    Pat Hoare                      Bob Gibbons                    Len Gilbert                    Frank Cantwell
                       Frank Shuter                  George Lawton                 Dick Campbell
Graham Pierce                  Jim Palmer                         Merv Neil                    Brian Blackburn
                     Ken MacMillan                   Max Richards                    David Young
Arthur Kennard                    RA Beggs                          Roly Levis                    Mick Jennings
                       Bob Watson                       Ken Harris                       Tony Shelly

The following three were also on the grid as a row. The exact position of the row is unclear, but is probably the second to last row.

                   Ron McCutcheon                  Bruce Wood                     John Cullen

Wally Darrell is another whose grid position is unclear.

Result

Driver Nat Car / Engine Laps Time
1

Ron Flockhart

Scot BRM P25 / BRM 2497cc 4cyl 71 1hr 41m 04.0s
2 Jack Brabham Aust Cooper T45 / Climax 2202cc 4cyl 71 1hr 41m 06.7s
3 Bruce McLaren NZ Cooper T45 / Climax 1964cc 4cyl 69  
4 Syd Jensen NZ Cooper T45 / Climax 1460cc 4cyl 68  
5 Johnny Mansel NZ Maserati 250F / Maserati 2497cc 6cyl 67  
6 Bob Gibbons NZ Lycoming Special / Lycoming 4733cc 4cyl 66  
7 Merv Neil NZ Cooper T45 / Climax 1960cc 4cyl    
8 Len Gilbert NZ Cooper-Bristol Mk II / Bristol 1971cc 6cyl    
9 Tom Clark NZ Ferrari Super Squalo 555 / Ferrari 3431cc 4cyl    
10 Ken Harris NZ Ferrari 750 Monza / Ferrari 2999cc 4cyl    
11 Jim Palmer NZ Lotus 11 / Climax 1098cc 4cyl    
12 Roly Levis NZ RAL / Ford 1172cc 4cyl    
13 George Lawton NZ Cooper T39 / Climax 1498cc 4cyl    
14 Graham Pierce NZ Austin-Healey 100S / Austin 2660cc 4cyl    
15 Max Richards NZ Austin-Healey 100S / Austin 2660cc 4cyl    
16 David Young NZ Jaguar C-type / Jaguar 3442cc 6cyl    
17 R A Beggs NZ Mistral / Ford 1172cc 4cyl    
18 Mick Jennings NZ MGA TC / MG 1600cc 4cyl    
19 Brian Blackburn NZ Citroen Special / Citroen 1991cc 4cyl    
20 Wally Darrell NZ ACE III / Ford 2584cc 6cyl    
Ret Dick Campbell NZ Maserati 4CLT-48 / Maserati 1498cc 4cyl s/c    
Ret Frank Cantwell NZ Tojeiro 3/56 / Jaguar 3442cc 6cyl   Brakes
Ret Reg McCutcheon NZ Normac Special III / Chevrolet 3930cc 6cyl    
Ret Ken MacMillan NZ Cooper T39 / Climax 1098cc 4cyl    
Ret John Cullen NZ Cullen 500 / Norton 498cc 1cyl    
Ret Tony Shelly NZ Cooper T41 / Climax 1496cc 4cyl    
Ret Frank Shuter NZ Maserati 8CM / Maserati 2992cc 8cyl s/c   Gearbox
Ret

Arthur Kennard

NZ Healey-Corvette / Chevrolet 4342cc V8    
Ret

Pat Hoare

NZ Ferrari 625 / Ferrari 2996cc 4cyl 7 Piston
Ret

Ross Jensen

NZ Maserati 250F / Maserati 2493cc 6cyl 4 Transmission
Ret Bruce Wood NZ Cooper Mk X / Norton 498cc 1cyl    
Ret Bob Watson NZ Puma / Austin 948cc 4cyl    

Fastest Lap: Ron Flockhart 1m 22.2s (Record)

 

 

1st Waimate 50

Date: 31st January 1959
Venue: Waimate Street Circuit

50 laps of 2.094kms (104.69kms)

Grid: (* denotes Pole)

Bruce McLaren*             Merv Neil              Syd Jensen             Pat Hoare
                     Ross Jensen          Johnny Mansel          Tom Clark             George Lawton
   Len Gilbert                 John Cullen             Bruce Wood         Jim Palmer
                   Frank Cantwell

Result

Driver Nat Car / Engine Laps Time
1 Bruce McLaren NZ Cooper T45 / Climax 1964cc 4cyl 50 70m 00.0s
2

Ross Jensen

NZ Maserati 250F / Maserati 2493cc 6cyl 50 70m 48.0s
3 Syd Jensen NZ Cooper T45 / Climax 1460cc 4cyl 50 71m 24.5s
4 Johnny Mansel NZ Maserati 250F / Maserati 2497cc 6cyl 50 71m 58.0s
5 Merv Neil NZ Cooper T45 / Climax 1960cc 4cyl 49  
6 Len Gilbert NZ Cooper-Bristol Mk II / Bristol 1971cc 6cyl 48  
7

Pat Hoare

NZ Ferrari 625 / Ferrari 2996cc 4cyl 33  
Ret Tom Clark NZ Ferrari Super Squalo 555 / Ferrari 3431cc 4cyl 7  
Ret George Lawton NZ Cooper T39 / Climax 1498cc 4cyl 5  
Ret John Cullen NZ Cullen 500 / Norton 498cc 1cyl 1  
Ret Jim Palmer NZ Lotus 11 / Climax 1098cc 4cyl    
Ret Bruce Wood NZ Cooper Mk X / Norton 498cc 1cyl    
Ret Frank Cantwell NZ Tojeiro 3/56 / Jaguar 3442cc 6cyl    

Fastest Lap: Merv Neil 1m 13.7s (Wet Race) (McLaren qualified for pole with 1m 06.5s)

 

 

2nd Teretonga International

Date: 7th February 1959
Venue: Teretonga Park

40 laps of 2.414kms (96.55kms)

Grid: (* denotes Pole)

Ron Flockhart*              Bruce McLaren               Jack Brabham                  Ross Jensen
                      Tom Clark                        Syd Jensen                       Merv Neil
   Pat Hoare                   Johnny Mansel               George Lawton              Reg McCutcheon
                    Jim Palmer                       Bruce Wood                     Tony Shelly
 Neil Herrick

Result

Driver Nat Car / Engine Laps Time
1 Bruce McLaren NZ Cooper T45 / Climax 1964cc 4cyl 40 48m 38.4s
2

Ron Flockhart

Scot BRM P25 / BRM 2497cc 4cyl    
3 Jack Brabham Aust Cooper T45 / Climax 2202cc 4cyl    
4

Ross Jensen

NZ Maserati 250F / Maserati 2493cc 6cyl    
5 Tom Clark NZ Ferrari Super Squalo 555 / Ferrari 3431cc 4cyl    
6 Johnny Mansel NZ Maserati 250F / Maserati 2497cc 6cyl    
  Merv Neil NZ Cooper T45 / Climax 1960cc 4cyl    
  Syd Jensen NZ Cooper T45 / Climax 1460cc 4cyl    
 

Pat Hoare

NZ Ferrari 625 / Ferrari 2996cc 4cyl    
  George Lawton NZ Cooper T39 / Climax 1498cc 4cyl    
  Jim Palmer NZ Lotus 11 / Climax 1098cc 4cyl    
 

Neil Herrick

NZ Austin Special / Austin 3459cc 6cyl    
  Reg McCutcheon NZ Normac Special III / Chevrolet 3930cc 6cyl    
  Bruce Wood NZ Cooper Mk X / Norton 498cc 1cyl    
  Tony Shelly NZ Cooper T41 / Climax 1496cc 4cyl    

Fastest Lap: Ron Flockhart 1m 10.0s (Record)

 

 

1958                    1960

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