The Ross 500 was constructed in 1953 by Ed Ross of South Australia. Little
is known of the car except that it was powered by a Triumph engine and, as
can just about be made out in the photo below, it was well-built. It's debut
may have been at the Collingrove hill climb, October 1953.
It would make a number of appearances at Colingrove, and at the Port
Wakefield circuit, and it was at the latter that things went badly wrong in
October 1954. The car was to be driven in the Churchill Motors Scratch Race
by HEG O'Hara (it was still owned by Ed Ross, who had driven at Collingrove
two days earlier). In practice a fuel line had broken, and it failed again
in the race. O'Hara pushed the car off-track, but this actuated the fuel
pump, raising fuel onto the engine which promptly ignited. Despite
assistance from spectators and eventually some fire marshals, but to little
avail. Eventually the fuel tank exploded and the car burned out.
The Ross 500 on fire at Port Wakefield, October 1954
The car was eventually rebuilt, but results are scarce. We only have an
appearance at Port Wakefield in 1958.
If anyone has any
more details or photos, please get in touch.