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1928 Australian Grand Prix

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Date  31 March 1928
Course length  10.6 km (6.5 mi)
Course  Temporary road circuit
Weather  Sunny
1928 Australian Grand Prix
Location  Phillip Island, Victoria
Distance  16 laps, 169 km (105 mi)

The 1928 Australian Grand Prix was a motor race held on the Phillip Island road course, on Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia on 31 March 1928. Although now known as the first Australian Grand Prix, the 1928 race was actually staged as the 100 Miles Road Race and it did not assume the Australian Grand Prix title until some years later. It was organised by the Victorian Light Car Club.

The race was originally to be held on Monday 26 March however rain forced postponement until Saturday 31 March. It was open to "light" cars of up to 2 litre capacity and it attracted 30 entries, of which 17 started. The event was conducted as two separate races, with the first held in the morning for Class B (750cc to 1100cc) and D (1500cc to 2000cc) entries, and the second held in the afternoon, for Class A (up to 750cc) and C (1100cc to 1500cc) cars. The competitor setting the fastest time was to receive a £100 trophy donated by Mr Charles Brown Kellow and would be regarded as "Champion of the Day". Trophies were also awarded for first and second places in each class and all other competitors who finished within the 2½ hour time limit would receive a Club award.

The race was won by Arthur Waite driving an Austin 7.

References

1928 Australian Grand Prix Wikipedia


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