1960's

Welcoming the jet age

The 'Beatles' decade began with Castrol Syntech Jet engine oil used in the world's first jet airliner,s while on the ground Castrol Austrlia kicked off its famous relationship with Bathurst motor racing. 

From 1963 onward, we helped develop race car engines to tackle Bathurst, backing Bob Holden and Rauno Aaltone's Morris Cooper S in their Gallaher 500 win in '65 and scoring a hat trick of Australian Touring Car Championship's with Ian Geoghegan in his Ford Mustang between '67 and '69 - the same year in which Colin Bond and Tony Roberts' Holden Monaro GTS 350 roared to the first of Castrol's nineteen Bathurst 1000 wins. 

Our high performance race-bred oils led to a series of product breathroughs including  New Formula Castrol XL, Castrolite and our most famous oil ever GTX with 'liquid Tungsten engineering'. It was the 60's that first saw Castrol use the term liquid engineering, and in Australia our workforce of liquid engineers reached over 400 as we were officially incorporated to become the sixth largest Castrol company worldwide. To match our growth we opened new production centres across the continent, opening Melbourne's Brooklyn Complex in 1962 and our Sydney Guildford HQ and plant in 1965.

As an important part of Castrol's now renowned R&D network, Castrol Australia also played a major role in extreme weather testing of new Formula Castrol XL. In conjunction with the University of NSW's Department of Mechanical Engineering, Castrol Australia used an Australian-built Austin 1800 to travel 19,000km across outback deserts using Castrol XL - the published results then forming the basis for international promotional campaign. Castrol also backed competitors in the famous London to Sydney Rally of 1968, drawing worldwide attention to Castrol performance products and innovation.