About Gordon Dobie
A brief summary of Gordon Dobie's motor racing background.
Gordon built his first racecar, a 750 formula racecar, for John Robertson in 1958. This car was successful in its first year of competition and it was in this car that Gordon established the first of many records.
During the next 5 years Gordon built and prepared racing cars for a number of drivers, included among these cars was the prototype of a number of Clubman class sportscars bearing his name. This car known as the U2 Corolla s believed to be the worlds first Toyota Corolla powered racing car and its success inspired a rash of similar ultra light Clubman types to be built forming the basis of a new clubman racing category which exists to this day. In 1966 Gordon was offered the position of Chief Mechanic to the DATSUN RACING TEAM by 3 times Australian Grand Prix winner Doug Whiteford.
Gordon Dobie Ralt RT4 No 54 leads Brian Samson 78 in the Australian Drivers' Championship Round at Calder Park.
During the next four years Gordon built a total of ten Datsun 1600, 1000, and 1200 Bathurst cars. The success of these cars is legend. Gordon was also responsible for the preparation of a number of other interesting cars including the famous Fairlady 2000 and P510 SSS factory racers, the Datsun 1000 24hr record car, a Lotus 23B 2.7 Climax and the ex Jim Clark Lotus 32 2.5 Climax Tasman Series F1 car. In 1968 he travelled over 10,000 miles to 42 race meetings in Victoria, Tasmania, Queensland and New South Wales.
A record-breaking run - Mt Leura, Victoria. Australian Hill-Climb Championship
After four years and lots of 7 day weeks and 24hr days sometimes working for 48 hrs at a stretch then loading the transporter and driving 1100 miles to Surfers Paradise in 24hrs, unload, race the cars , load up and drive another 24 hrs back to Melbourne, Gordon decided it was time for a change. In 1970 he resigned from the Datsun Racing Team and opened the Datsun Performance Centre at 54 Beach Road in the Melbourne suburb of Hampton where he stayed until 1999 when he moved his engine reconditioning facility to larger premises at number 3 Elma Road Cheltenham.
Australian Formula 2 Championship, Sandown
Gordon retired from driving in 1987 holding an International FIA racing licence and no less than 7 current records, at least one of which still stands. Cars built, prepared or raced by Gordon over the years include:
Alfa Romeo Auto Delta Le Mans GT, Alison Clubman sports car, ASP Formula libre and F2 racing car, Brabham Old's V8, Datsun 1000 appendix J sedan, Datsun 1000 sports sedan, 3 Datsun Marque sports cars, Datsun 240/260Z Marque sports and Datsun 260Z GT car, Elfin Clubman and Elfin Aero sports, Ford Anglia, Cortina and Escort twin cam, Five Gordon Clubmans, Holden Monaro Bathurst GTS, Lotus Super 7 and Lotus 11, MGTC supercharged, MGTF, MGB, Morgan 4/4 and V8 Marque sports, Minda Clubman, Nissan 280ZX Targa Tasmania car, Nissan Bluebird FJ20 Turbo club car, Ralt RT4 Cosworth Aust' F1 racing car, Repco Cooper racing car, Valiant Charger E38 Bathurst car and Westfield clubmans plus a number of vintage and historic category racing cars and motorbikes.
The field heads for the first corner at Wannaroo Park in the Western Australia round of the 1986 Australian Drivers Championship.
Gordon Dobie car 54.
These days Gordon offers his expertise to anyone who wishes to get the best out of their car, be it a mild road car or an out and out racecar.
The "Porsche eating" 2000