Quote from an article in a Sydney Sports Ground Speedway programme dated Wednesday February 9, 1938.
" AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX. First Car Road Race in NSW.
Judging by the enquiries being received by the NSW Light Car Club from prospective entrants in the Australian Grand Prix to be held at Bathurst on Easter Monday, the field for the race will bring together the greatest number of fast cars ever seen in a motor event in Australia.
The 4 miles course at Mt Panorama, just out of the township of Bathurst, is fast nearing completion, and it is the unanimous opinion of all the experienced drivers who have inspected it , that the course has no equal in Australia. With natural grandstands for 50,000 people, the circuit has all types of corners, long straights, short straights, steep and winding ascents and sharp descents; while from any section of the course nearly the whole of the race can be followed.
Much interest is being taken in other states in the opening event at Easter, for not only will it be the first road race to be held in NSW, but the prize money offered, 600 pounds, is easily a record for an Australian motoring event.
First prize is 250 pounds, fastest time 100 pounds.
Some idea of the classic field which will face the starter may be gained from the probable following entrants, all cars of which are capable of exceeding 100 MPH.:-
P.N.Whitehead ( ERA), C.Sinclair (Alto ), R. McKellar( V8 Ford engined Bugatti ) and J.Day of Victoria in a similar car, W.A.McIntyre ( Supercharged Miller ), C.Dunne ( K3 Supercharged Magnette ), L. Jackson (K3 Supercharged Magnette ), T. Joshua
( Supercharged Frazer-Nash ), G. Martin ( BMW), Hope Bartlett ( Q type MG), B.M.Clarke
( Supercharged Alvis ), E.E.Waters ( 3 1/2 ltr. SS 100 ), N.Aubin ( V8 Ford Special ), J.Fagan ( K3 Supercharged Magnette), Drake-Richmond ( Bugatti), J.Snow ( Alfa Romeo).
Entries for the event will close on March 1st ( fee 3 pounds, 3 shillings ), handicaps will be declared by March 12th., and acceptances are due by March 28th. ( fee 2 pounds, 2 shillings ). Full particulars of the event will be supplied on application to :
The Secretary of the NSW Light Car Club, c/- R.A.C.A. Macquarie St., Sydney.
Note: The E.R.A. that P.N Whitehead is to drive, a 14cwt car with a 1500 cc engine developing 180 BHP at 6500 RPM and having a top speed of 135 MPH, is his car from England and is being shipped over specially for the event and will arrive on April 11th., just one week before the race. ( E.R.A. standing for English Racing Automobiles.) "