The 1946 Bathurst Grand Prix

In October 1946, the New South Wales 100-mile Grand Prix motor race was run at Bathurst, attracting a field of 32 cars, including five from Victoria and two from Queensland. On the day, around 30,000 people turned out for the race which was won by AS Najar of Sydney, with JP Hind in second place and AV Johnson third. This was a spectacular win for the first-time entrant, who drove a modified standard touring model MG, with a specially built monoposto (single-seater) body, shaped to fit the driver.

The over-1500cc handicap was won by F Kleinig, driving a Hudson Special. WB Murray, also driving a Hudson Special, crossed the line in second place. The track took its toll on the cars, with five of the 15 starters retiring with engine trouble.

The race also marked the first time a female driver, Joan Richmond, competed in the event. She was behind the wheel of a Q-Type MG fitted with a super-charged engine. Unfortunately there are no recorded photographs in this collection.

A Flickr album of Bathurst Grand Prix images is now online

In 2019 the Library completed the digitisation of 9000 negatives  from the Pix magazine negatives archive, bringing to life in vivid detail images only previously seen reproduced in half-tones in the magazine's pages. The Library has also digitised every issue of the original PIX magazines from the 29 January 1938 to 25 December 1954.  For the first time, thousands of original magazine articles can be matched to the high resolution negative from which they were created.  These are fully searchable online at TROVE and through the Library catalogue. Both projects are part of the State Library's Digital Excellence Program a major initiative supported by the NSW Government.

Geoff Barker, Senior Curator, State Library of New South Wales.

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