| After a number of events loosely
termed Australian titles the recently formed ASCF
organised the first recognised National title at Canberra's
Tralee Park Speedway. This title was a points based
one with Victorian Kevin Dalton declared the winner in
his Holden V8 Monaro. This was the only title run in
this way in the 1970s.
The title race was allocated under the
rotational system to a different state each year with
tracks from that state able to bid for the right to
run the event. Only Queensland's Toowoomba doubled up
in the decade of the '70s.
An interesting fact is that all 9 champions
of the '70s were GMH mounted and apart from Dalton
they all drove Toranas making the decade, at least on
the national scene, the decade of the Giant Killer.
The decade also saw the legendary Grenville
Anderson rise to prominence with 3 titles and a
second. The other stand out being David House with 2
titles and 3 thirds, he being a podium finisher 5
years in a row. House could be considered the master
of the early part of the decade with Grenville taking
over in the second half.
It should also be noted that this list
applies to what were called Open Saloons and that
another Division called Standard Saloons also had a
national title from the 1974 - 75 season onwards. The
Open Class eventually became Super Sedans as we know
them now and the Standards developed into today's
Modified Production class.