Ian Geoghegan

Ian "Pete" Geoghegan, (26 April 1940 – 15 November 2003) was an Australian race car driver, known for a quick wit and natural driving skills. Sometimes referred to as "Pete" Geoghegan, he was one of the iconic characters of the 1960s and 1970s Australian motor racing scene. His older brother Leo was also an accomplished driver and the brothers often shared a car in endurance events.

He was a five-time winner of the Australian Touring Car Championship, a feat matched by only three other drivers since (Dick Johnson, Mark Skaife and Jamie Whincup). He achieved this string of victories driving against competitors of the highest calibre, such as Bob Jane, Norm Beechey and Allan Moffat. He also won the prestigious Bathurst 1000 endurance race in 1973, driving an XA Falcon GT with Moffat for the Ford Works Team.

Later in his career Geoghegan drove a Porsche Carrera to win the 1976 Australian Sports Car Championship, while also driving a Holden HQ Monaro in the Australian Sports Sedan Championship. Geoghegan was inducted into the V8 Supercars Hall of Fame in 1999.

Ian "Pete" Geoghegan
NationalityAustralian
Born26 April 1940
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died15 November 2003 (aged 63)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Related toTom Geoghegan (father)
Leo Geoghegan (brother)
Australian Touring Car Championship
Years active1961-73 & 1978
TeamsGeoghegan's Sporty Cars
Total Team
Wins9
Best finish1st in 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968 & 1969
Previous series
1960
1976
1976
Australian GT Championship
Australian Sports Car Champ.
Australian Sports Sedan Champ.
Championship titles
1962
1963
1964
1965
1966
1967
1968
1969
1973
1976
1977
Bathurst 6 Hour
Australian Tourist Trophy
Australian Touring Car Champ.
Australian Tourist Trophy
Australian Touring Car Champ.
Australian Touring Car Champ.
Australian Touring Car Champ.
Australian Touring Car Champ.
Bathurst 1000
Australian Sports Car Champ.
Australian Tourist Trophy
Awards
1999V8 Supercars Hall of Fame

Career results

The following table lists the results obtained by Ian Geoghegan in the various national motor racing titles and major endurance races in which he competed.

Year Title/ Event Position Car Entrant
1960 Australian GT Championship 3rd Holden Geoghegan Motors
1961 Australian Touring Car Championship 2nd Jaguar 3.4 Litre
1963 Australian Tourist Trophy 1st Lotus 23 Total Racing Team
1964 Australian Touring Car Championship 1st Ford Cortina GT Total Team
1965 Australian Touring Car Championship 2nd Ford Cortina Lotus Total Team
Australian Tourist Trophy 1st Lotus 23 Total Team
1966 Australian Touring Car Championship 1st Ford Mustang Total Team
1967 Australian Touring Car Championship 1st Ford Mustang Mustang Team
1968 Australian Touring Car Championship 1st Ford Mustang Mustang Team
1969 Australian Touring Car Championship 1st Ford Mustang Mustang Team
1970 Australian Touring Car Championship 4th Ford Mustang Geoghegan's Sporty Cars
1971 Australian Touring Car Championship 3rd Ford Mustang Geoghegan's Sporty Cars
1972 Australian Touring Car Championship 4th Ford XY Falcon GTHO Phase III Geoghegan's Sporty Cars
1973 Australian Touring Car Championship 8th Chrysler VH Valiant Charger R/T E49 Grace Brothers Racing
1974 Toby Lee Series 8th Porsche 911
1976 Australian Sports Car Championship 1st Porsche Carrera
Australian Sports Sedan Championship 6th Holden HQ Monaro Craven Mild Racing
1977 Australian Tourist Trophy 1st Porsche 935
1978 Australian Touring Car Championship 13th Holden LX Torana SS A9X Hatchback Bob Jane T-Marts

Complete Australian Touring Car Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 DC Points
1961 Jaguar Mk.I 3.4 LOW
2
2nd -
1964 Total Team Ford Cortina Mk.I GT LAK
1
1st -
1965 Total Team Ford Cortina Mk.I GT SAN
2
2nd -
1966 Total Team Ford Mustang BAT
1
1st -
1967 Mustang Team Ford Mustang LAK
1
1st -
1968 Mustang Team Ford Mustang WAR
1
1st -
1969 Mustang Team Ford Mustang CAL
2
BAT
1
MAL
1
SUR
6
SYM
DSQ
1st 25
1970 Geoghegan's Sporty Cars Ford Mustang CAL
Ret
BAT
2
SAN
2
MAL
1
WAR
Ret
LAK
Ret
SYM 4th 21
1971 Geoghegan's Sporty Cars Ford Mustang SYM
3
CAL
2
SAN
2
SUR
3
MAL
2
LAK
2
ORA
3
3rd 36
1972 Geoghegan's Sporty Cars Ford XY Falcon GTHO Phase III SYM
Ret
CAL
3
BAT
1
SAN
Ret
AIR
2
WAR
DNS
SUR
Ret
ORA
2
4th 37
1973 Grace Brothers Racing Chrysler VH Valiant Charger R/T E49 SYM CAL
Ret
SAN
Ret
WAN
Ret
SUR
2
AIR
Ret
ORA
Ret
WAR
3
8th 15
1978 Bob Jane Racing Holden LX Torana SS A9X SYM
Ret
ORA AMA SAN
1
WAN CAL
6
LAK AIR 13th 14

Complete Phillip Island/Bathurst 500/1000 results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Overall
Position
Class
Position
1960 Australia Des West Renault Dauphine B 152 NA 10th
1963 Australia Ford Australia Australia Leo Geoghegan Ford Cortina Mk.I GT C 105 NA DNF
1964 Australia Ford Motor Co Australia Leo Geoghegan Ford Cortina Mk.I GT C 127 5th 5th
1965 Australia Ford Motor Co Australia Leo Geoghegan Ford Cortina Mk.I GT500 D 130 DSQ DSQ
1967 Australia Ford Australia Australia Leo Geoghegan Ford XR Falcon GT D 130 2nd 2nd
1968 Australia Ford Motor Company of Australia Australia Leo Geoghegan Ford XT Falcon GT D 123 12th 7th
1969 Australia Ford Australia Australia Leo Geoghegan Ford XW Falcon GTHO D 128 5th 5th
1971 Australia McCluskey Ford Pty Ltd Australia Brian Michelmore Ford XY Falcon GT-HO Phase III E 0 DNS DNS
1973 Australia Ford Australia Canada Allan Moffat Ford XA Falcon GT Hardtop D 163 1st 1st
1975 Australia Allan Moffat Racing Canada Allan Moffat Ford XB Falcon GT Hardtop D 109 DNF DNF
1977 Australia Bob Jane 2UW Racing Australia Bob Jane Holden LX Torana SS A9X Hatchback 3001cc – 6000cc 35 DNF DNF
1978 Australia Bob Jane T-Marts Australia Garry Rogers Holden LX Torana SS A9X Hatchback A 29 DNF DNF
1980 Australia Stockton Coin & Bullion Exchange Pty Ltd Australia Paul Gulson Holden VB Commodore 3001-6000cc 159 3rd 3rd
1981 Australia Army Reserve Racing Team Australia Bob Muir Ford XD Falcon 8 Cylinder & Over 92 28th 15th
1967 Ford Mustang Hardtop Geoghegan tribute (9693636955)

The 1967 Ford Mustang with which Ian Geoghegan won the 1967, 1968 and 1969 Australian Touring Car Championships. The car is pictured in 2013.

Ford XA Falcon GT Hardtop No 9

A race replica of the Ford XA Falcon GT Hardtop in which Geoghegan won the 1973 Hardie-Ferodo 1000 with Allan Moffat

References

  • Sydney Morning Herald [1]
  • Racing Geoghegans [2]
  • www.camsmanual.com.au
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bob Jane
Winner of the Australian Touring Car Championship
1964
Succeeded by
Norm Beechey
Preceded by
Norm Beechey
Winner of the Australian Touring Car Championship
1966, 1967, 1968 & 1969
Succeeded by
Norm Beechey
Preceded by
Peter Brock
Winner of the Bathurst 1000
1973
(with Allan Moffat)
Succeeded by
John Goss
Kevin Bartlett
Records
Preceded by
Bob Jane
2 wins
(19621974)
Most ATCC round wins
8
(19611978),
3rd win at the 1967 Australian Touring Car Championship
Succeeded by
Bob Jane
10 wins
(19621974)
1961 Australian Touring Car Championship

The 1961 Australian Touring Car Championship was a CAMS sanctioned Australian motor racing title for drivers of Appendix J Touring Cars. The championship, which was contested over a single, 50 mile (82 km) race at the Lowood Airfield Circuit in Queensland on 3 September 1961, was the second Australian Touring Car Championship. The race, which was promoted by the Queensland Racing Drivers' Club, was won by Bill Pitt, driving a Jaguar Mark 1 3.4.

1964 Australian Touring Car Championship

The 1964 Australian Touring Car Championship was a CAMS sanctioned national motor racing title for drivers of Appendix J Touring Cars and Group E Series Production Touring Cars. The championship, which was the fifth Australian Touring Car Championship, was contested over a single race staged at the Lakeside International Raceway in Queensland, Australia, on 26 July 1964. The race was won by Ian Geoghegan, the first of his five Australian Touring Car Championship titles. Geoghegan drove a Ford Cortina GT in what was the first Australian Touring Car Championship victory for a Ford driver and the first time that a Jaguar driver did not win the title.

1965 Australian Tourist Trophy

The 1965 Australian Tourist Trophy was a motor race staged at the Lakeside circuit in Queensland, Australia on 14 November 1965. It was the ninth annual Australian Tourist Trophy race. The race was open to sports cars as defined by the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) in its Appendix C regulations, and it was recognized by CAMS as the Australian championship for sports cars. It was won by Ian Geoghegan driving a Lotus 23.

1966 Australian Touring Car Championship

The 1966 Australian Touring Car Championship was a CAMS sanctioned Australian motor racing title open to Group C Improved Production Touring Cars. It was contested over a single 20-lap race staged at the Mount Panorama Circuit near Bathurst in New South Wales, Australia on Easter Monday, 11 April 1966, and was the seventh running of the Australian Touring Car Championship. The race was sponsored by the Neptune Oil Company, Sydney.Ian Geoghegan, driving a Ford Mustang, claimed his second Australian Touring Car Championship title and the first of four consecutive titles that he would achieve in Mustangs.

1967 Australian Touring Car Championship

The 1967 Australian Touring Car Championship was a CAMS sanctioned national motor racing title open to Group C Improved Production Touring Cars. It was contested over a single race, staged at the Lakeside Circuit in Queensland, Australia on 30 July 1967. The title, which was the eighth Australian Touring Car Championship, was won by Ian Geoghegan, driving a Ford Mustang.

1967 Gallaher 500

The 1967 Gallaher 500 was a motor race for Production Saloon Cars held at the Mount Panorama Circuit just outside Bathurst in New South Wales, Australia on 1 October 1967. The race, which was the eighth running of the Phillip Island 500/Bathurst 500, was organised by the Australian Racing Drivers Club Ltd and promoted by Gallaher International (Aust) Ltd.

Each competing car was required to be a production saloon competing in standard specification as laid down in the manufacturer's standard workshop manual. Optional extras and open exhausts were not permitted. To be eligibile to compete, a car had to be an Australian built or assembled model of which 200 examples had been registered in Australia by 30 September 1967, or a fully imported model of which 100 examples had been registered in Australia by the same date.In a seminal moment for the race, the first Australian-built V8-powered Ford Falcons competed in the form of seven Falcon GTs and a Falcon automatic. In a race long duel against three Alfa Romeo 1600 GTVs, two entered by Alec Mildren Racing and one by M.W. Motors, the Ford Motor Company-entered Falcon GTs achieved a one-two finish with Harry Firth and Fred Gibson acknowledged as race winners after confusion over lap-scoring briefly left uncertainty over the results. Brothers Leo and Ian Geoghegan finished second with the two Alec Mildren Racing Alfa Romeos of Doug Chivas / Max Stewart and Kevin Bartlett / Laurie Stewart all finishing on the same lap as the winning car. It was Firth's fourth Phillip Island 500/Bathurst 500 victory, equalling Bob Jane's record.

The confusion over the result stemmed from the Geoghegan brothers' first pit stop. Driving the opening stint, Leo Geoghegan's pole winning Falcon almost ran out of fuel coming past the pits. As he could not reverse into pit lane without being disqualified, Leo went in through the back gate to the pits located on Mountain Straight, and came back into pit lane through the paddock gate. Although he had not completed the lap, as he crossed the finish line in pit lane (located before he got to his pit bay) he was mistakenly credited with completing the lap. Firth, who knew this, was livid with the Australian Racing Drivers Club when the Geoghegan car was flagged in first, despite finishing 11 seconds behind Gibson (although he knew that he'd completed his 130th lap, Gibson completed another lap as he had not yet been shown the chequered flag). Firth, immediately protested the result and it was not until later that evening that he and Gibson were installed as race winners. Firth's protest led to long standing animosity between himself and the Geoghegan team who were teammates for the race, with Leo contending until his death in 2015 that he and his brother won the race.

1968 Australian Touring Car Championship

The 1968 Australian Touring Car Championship was a CAMS sanctioned Australian motor racing title open to Group C Improved Production Touring Cars. It was contested over a single race staged at the Warwick Farm circuit in New South Wales, Australia on 8 September 1968. The title, which was the ninth Australian Touring Car Championship, was won by Ian Geoghegan driving a Ford Mustang. It was the final Australian Touring Car Championship held as a single race, with the title being contested over a series of races from 1969 onwards.

1968 Surfers Paradise 6 Hour

The 1968 Surfers Paradise 6 Hour was an endurance race for sports cars and touring cars, staged at the Surfers Paradise International Raceway in Queensland, Australia on 1 September 1968.

The race was dominated by the Matich SR3 Repco V8 driven by Frank Matich and Glynn Scott, however an engine failure with just over an hour to run handed the victory to the Ferrari 250LM driven by brothers Leo and Ian Geoghegan.

1969 Australian Touring Car Championship

The 1969 Australian Touring Car Championship was a CAMS-sanctioned Australian motor racing title open to Group C Improved Production Touring Cars and Group E Series Production Touring Cars. The championship, which began at Calder Park Raceway on 23 March and ended at Symmons Plains Raceway on 16 November, was contested over a five heat series. It was the tenth running of the Australian Touring Car Championship and the first to be contested over a series of heats rather than as a single race.The 1969 title marked Ian Geoghegan's fifth and final Australian Touring Car Championship victory, creating a record that would not be equalled until 1989. It was also his fourth consecutive title, a feat which would not be achieved again until 2014. Alan Hamilton actually scored the most points across the five races, but drivers were required to drop their worst result which left Geoghegan as champion by a single point. A similar scenario would play out in 1991 with Jim Richards and Mark Skaife.

1969 Hardie-Ferodo 500

The 1969 Hardie-Ferodo 500 was the tenth running of the Bathurst 500 production car race. It was held on 5 October 1969 at the Mount Panorama Circuit just outside Bathurst in New South Wales, Australia. Cars competed in five classes based on purchase price (Australian dollars) of the vehicle.

The race was won by the newly formed Holden Dealer Team with Colin Bond and Tony Roberts with team mates Peter Brock and Des West finishing third in their Holden Monaro GTS350's, with the team's third car finishing sixth. In between them in second position was defending race winners Bruce McPhee and his single-lap co-driver Barry Mulholland driving a Phase 1 Ford Falcon GTHO. McPhee and Mulholland, who had won in 1968 driving the Holden Monaro GTS327, had originally intended to race a Monaro 350 in 1969 but after receiving no help from Holden, instead decided to race one of the new Falcons.

Peter Brock and Canadian Allan Moffat made their Bathurst débuts in the race. Brock with Harry Firth's Holden Dealer Team, and Moffat driving a works Falcon GTHO with Alan Hamilton. Between them, Brock and Moffat would go on to win 13 of the next 17 Bathurst 500/1000's (until 1987), with Brock winning a record nine times (all for Holden), and Moffat winning four times for Ford.

The Ford Works Team were the favourites to win the race with their new Falcon GTHOs which with their new 5.8 litre (351 cui) V8's proved to have a speed advantage over the 5.7 litre (350 cui) Monaros. However, the decision by Ford Works Team's American manager Al Turner to import special racing tyres for the Falcons proved to be a disaster. During the race numerous tyre failures put the Works cars out of contention. After early tyre failures on the Ian and Leo Geoghegan car, as well as the Fred Gibson and Barry Seton car, Turner called Moffat into the pits for a tyre change. There it was found that Moffat had been far easier on his tyres than either Ian Geoghegan or Seton and that the stop was not necessary. As of 2016, Moffat believes that this decision cost himself and co-driver Alan Hamilton the race win. The day after the race, Ford ran a full page newspaper advert stating "We were a little deflated" referring to the tyre failures.

1969 was also notable for the first lap crash which saw at least one third of the field forced to retire or continue with accident damage. Bill Brown rolled his Falcon GTHO coming through Skyline, all but blocking the track while John French, who qualified 21st, rolled his Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV trying to avoid the carnage that Brown's rollover caused. One driver lucky to escape the carnage was Allan Moffat who had pulled up just out of The Cutting on the first lap with his Falcon stuck in neutral. Once he got going he was able to weave through the bedlam at Skyline and continue on his way. For Brown, it would be the first of three rollovers at Bathurst on the same piece of road (McPhillamy Park - Skyline), with the second in 1971 bringing a lucky escape from death.

1970 Australian Touring Car Championship

The 1970 Australian Touring Car Championship was a CAMS-sanctioned motor racing title for drivers of Group C Improved Production Touring Cars and Group E Series Production Touring Cars. The title, which was the eleventh Australian Touring Car Championship, began at Calder Park Raceway on 22 March 1970 and ended at Symmons Plains Raceway on 15 November after seven heats.The 1970 ATCC saw the first championship win for an Australian made car when Norm Beechey drove his Holden Monaro HT GTS350 to victory over the Porsche 911S of team mate Jim McKeown. Finishing in third and fourth place were the Ford Mustangs of Bob Jane and four-time defending champion Ian Geoghegan.Allan Moffat's victory in the opening round at Calder Park created history as the Canadian became the first non-Australian born driver to win an ATCC race. It was the first of an eventual 32 ATCC round wins for Moffat before his final win in Round 3 of the 1984 championship at Wanneroo Park.

1971 Australian Touring Car Championship

The 1971 Australian Touring Car Championship was a CAMS-sanctioned motor racing title for drivers of Group C Improved Production Touring Cars and Group E Series Production Touring Cars. The title, which was the twelfth running of the Australian Touring Car Championship, began at Symmons Plains Raceway on 1 March 1971 and ended at Oran Park Raceway on 8 August after seven heats.Bob Jane won his third Australian Touring Car Championship, driving his 7.0-litre Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1. Allan Moffat finished runner-up in his Ford Boss 302 Mustang, while Ian Geoghegan was third in his Ford Mustang. Defending champion Norm Beechey finished fifth in the series, suffering from reliability problems with his Holden HT Monaro GTS350. Beechey only finished two rounds of the series, one of which was a victory in the second round at Calder Park Raceway.

1973 Hardie-Ferodo 1000

The 1973 Hardie-Ferodo 1000 was the 14th running of the Bathurst 1000 touring car race. This was the first race to be held under the new metricised distance of 1000 kilometres, rather than the 500 miles previously contested. It was held on 30 September 1973 at the Mount Panorama Circuit just outside Bathurst. The race was open to cars eligible to the locally developed CAMS Group C touring car regulations with four engine capacity based classes and it was the 3rd round of the 1973 Australian Manufacturers' Championship.

Allan Moffat claimed his third win in the event and the long-awaited first win for Ian Geoghegan driving a Ford Falcon GT. It was also the seventh and final win for the factory Ford Australia racing team. Peter Brock and Doug Chivas lost the race after their Holden Torana ran out of fuel, forcing Chivas to push the car uphill along the pit lane to make it to the Holden Dealer Team pit bay. Despite this Brock and Chivas finished on the same lap as Moffat and Ian Geoghegan, ahead of their team mates Colin Bond and Leo Geoghegan, also on the same lap, in third position.

1976 Australian Sports Car Championship

The 1976 Australian Sports Car Championship was an Australian national motor racing title for drivers of Group D Production Sports Cars. It was sanctioned by the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport as the eighth Australian Sports Car Championship and was the first to be restricted to production based cars.The championship was won by Ian Geoghegan driving a Porsche Carrera.

1978 Australian Touring Car Championship

The 1978 Australian Touring Car Championship was a CAMS sanctioned Australian motor racing title open to Group C Touring Cars. The title, which was the 19th Australian Touring Car Championship, was won by Peter Brock. It was his second Australian Touring Car Championship victory.

For the second time in the history of the championship, the point score regulation which specified that not all results counted had an effect on the championship outcome. Bob Morris finishing the series on 53 points, two less than championship winner Peter Brock, after Morris lost the two points awarded for his fifth placing at Amaroo Park. However, the regulation did not actually change the championship winner as Brock would otherwise have won the title due to the tiebreaker rule with three round wins to one for Morris. Third in the championship was the consistent Rod Stevens driving his Under 3.0 litre Ford Escort RS2000. Stevens benefited from the point system that favoured the small class cars by giving bonus points for class placings.

In his first ATCC since 1973, five time series champion Ian Geoghegan won his ninth and last ever ATCC race when he drove his Bob Jane owned Holden Torana to a surprise win in Round 4 at Sandown. In what would be his last ATCC season, Geoghegan finished 13th in the championship.

Australian Tourist Trophy

The Australian Tourist Trophy is a Confederation of Australian Motor Sport-sanctioned national motor racing title, contested between 1956 and 1979 by Sports Cars and, since 2007, by GT cars. The trophy is currently awarded to the outright winners of the Bathurst 12 Hour.

Ford Works Team (Australia)

The Ford Works Team (Australia) was a former Australian motor racing team that was supported by the Ford Motor Company of Australia. The team was formed in 1962 and was wound up when Ford withdrew from motor racing at the end of 1973. Drivers for the works team included Allan Moffat, Fred Gibson, Harry Firth, Bob Jane, Barry Seton, Bruce McPhee, John French, Ian Geoghegan and his brother Leo.

Leo Geoghegan

Leo Geoghegan (16 May 1936 - 2 March 2015) was a former Australian racing driver. He was the elder of two sons of former New South Wales car dealer Tom Geoghegan, both of whom become dominant names in Australian motor racing in the 1960s. While his younger brother Ian "Pete" Geoghegan had much of his success in touring car racing, winning five Australian Touring Car Championships, Leo spent most of his racing career in open wheel racing cars.

List of Australian Touring Car and V8 Supercar champions

The Australian Touring Car Championship, presently known as the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, is a motor racing competition open to Australia's premier touring car category. A driver's title has been awarded since 1960 and titles for teams and manufacturers are also currently awarded. Australia's most famous motor race, the Bathurst 1000, has contributed to the result of the championship since 1999. The second-tier Dunlop Super2 Series has been contested since 2000 and the third-tier V8 Touring Car National Series, for cars no longer officially registered as V8 Supercars, began in 2008.

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