Matich made his mark in Jaguar C and D Types, Elfins, Brabham Climaxes before designing and developing his own cars, which was his true passion. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: By the mids he had become the country’s pre-eminent racing driver and was fighting with the likes of Clark, Brabham and Graham Hill in the annual Tasman Series. July 20, at Matich had been shafted by UDT Laystall, far from the first time we poor Colonials had been short-sheeted by less than honest operators who relied upon miles of Ocean to get away with sins of omission or commission!

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When Frank Matich was looking for a replacement for his oh-so-successful Lotus 15 Climax it was immediately obvious to him that the car to have was a 19 given the success of Moss, Ireland, Gurney and others in the cars on both sides of the Atlantic.

Forix Stats The world’s drank motorsport stats database. Almost immediately he became the quickest local openwheeler driver- and one who gave nothing away to the visiting Internationals either.

Frank Matich in the SR4 in Winner of the Australian Grand Prix and His Repco V8-powered M10B won down under and then proved more than a match for the best cars in the USA when he ventured back there in Autosport Awards Motorsport’s most prestigious awards. Various sources suggest not Bell or Miller that the car may have been damaged further after the accident for insurance purposes.


Elfin Traco- Oldsmobile. New In Autosport Plus. It was during practice that FM lost the car in the racinb right hander behind the pits at over mph when the throttle jammed, destroying the car and hospitalising him with burns to his hands and back. One can only wonder what he might have done in Europe in a Lotus, but at the same time, the pragmatic franm skills he possessed may not have worked with the famously minimalist Chapman. Chapman detailed the car with Len Terry also playing a role in its design.

Vergne stays with G-Drive for endurance races Other. Grid positions for the 15 lap final were determined by the results of two heats; Matich comfortably led his until encountering timing problems with his Coventry Climax engine, Palmer took the win with John Youl victorious in the other heat.

Leave a Racimg Cancel reply Enter your comment here So obvious was the speed he showed that he was offered F1 seats by three team owners; Brabham in the seat that went to Denny HulmeRob Walker and Colin Chapman.

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OBITUARY: Frank Matich – Speedcafe

The race was duly won by Hales and Chivas. His duel with Jim Clark at Lakeside, which saw the two men go wheel-to-wheel for nearly 50 laps, is written large in the sport’s pre-Formula 1 history in Australia.

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Frank knew Moss having met him on the great Brits previous trips to Australia. He then had a great 2nd at Lakeside and was 5th at Longford, his home race in a strong finish to the series. You are commenting using your Facebook account.


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Moss, not involved in the commercial aspects of the deal at all, righted the wrongs with a financial adjustment in favour of the Sydneysider. Clark would win as Matich suffered an engine misfire however the Australian regarded it as his greatest race against the greatest driver he had ever raced against.

Obituary: Frank Matich 1935-2015

Remember me Forgot Password. Australian Formula Junior Chp. Photos The best photography from around the world. Not the Australian Tourist Trophy but the 19B late in its life in early after a change of Total livery, from light blue to white, here, again at Homestead Corner, Warwick Farm Ellacott.

But the Lotus shared the Matich transporter with the Brabham on the journey north to fettle the car in preparation for the ATT in November. Frsnk the mids Tasman Series in Australia and New Zealand, Matlch was consistently the best of the local drivers, challenging and sometimes beating grand prix racing’s finest.

A summary of some of his motor racing achievements is given in the table below:

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