|July 11th, 2000
1937: how to win a Grand Prix in a stocker
THE 1937 South Australian Grand Prix was won by a Ford V8 - virtually a standard 1936 convertible stripped of its mudguards. It even ran with the chrome hubcaps in place!
Introduced to Australia in 1932, the side-valve V8 engine had allowed Ford's designers to produce a more visually attractive Model A, and had already become a sales winner.
Driven by O.S.Cranston from Perth, the Ford V8 covered the 250 mile (400km) Port Elliot course near Adelaide in three hours 20 minutes 17 seconds. That was an average speed of almost 75mph (120kmh).
Mr Cranston held many records and recorded a speed of 111.1mph (178kmh) over the quarter mile at Cannington near Perth. In the same year, a Mr. R.A. Hall won the Albury Grand Prix in another Ford V8.
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