Bruce McLaren's Cooper and Lex Davison's Brabham are pushed to the starting grid for the 12th International Grand Prix at the Pukekohe (POOH-KAY-KOH-AY) Course at Auckland on Saturday.
Cars pushed to start
Riley in Lotus
Gardner & Hill
Finishes Lap of Honour
SPORT: MOTOR RACING
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Background: Bruce McLaren's Cooper and Lex Davison's Brabham are pushed to the starting grid for the 12th International Grand Prix at the Pukekohe (POOH-KAY-KOH-AY) Course at Auckland on Saturday.
Also settling in is New Zealander J. Riley in his Lotus.
Britain's Graham Hill demonstrated his earlier interest in rowing by wearing the colours of the London Boating Club on his helmet. The 1962 champion was to triumph on this course by taking New Zealand's premier race for 1965.
Jim Clark was away first in company with Dawson and Hill, and immediately there's trouble. The Cooper of New Zealander Bruce Abernethy hits the rear wheel of Levis' car and shoots over the top of it. Levis' car pulls to one side, taking a cameraman with it, but miraculously he wasn't injured. The Brabham seems to be wreckage, but it was patched up and went on to race.
With the field spreading out, the cars settle down to 50 laps of just over two miles. The Pukekohe circuit contains a sharp elbow which has been the scene of some spectacular incidents in past years, but this year there were no troubles on this tricky corner. Auckland's favourite driver, Bruce McLaren, had to tire from the race and so did Australian Arnold Glass and Britain's champion, Jim Clark.
Australian veteran Lex Davison, although lying 2nd earlier, was plagued with pit stops and only did 33 laps.
A crowd of 30,000 watched the race under perfect conditions - a cloudy sky and a fresh breeze. In the closing laps, the placings started to emerge. 23-year old Jim Palmer, N.Z., was coming in for 3rd place in a Repco Brabham; Frank Gardner, also in a Repco, was 2nd, and Graham Hill completed a trio of Brabhams by taking the laurels. Hill is congratulated by Gandner and the N.Z. Motor Cup is presented by Cabinet Minister, Mr. A.E. Kinsella.
The N.Z. International Grand Prix is open to invited overseas and local drivers under the Tasman formula of 2.5 litres unsupercharged. Granham Hill has been to N.Z. twice before without luck, but his third visit has given him the satisfaction of making the Lap of Honour in the 1965 Grand Prix.