One Lap Race of Bathurst - Speed Comparison between Holdens - Peter Brock Mark Skaife
A one lap race at Mount Panorama, Bathurst between a 1979 Holden A9X Torana, a 2004 Holden VZ SS Commodore & a 2004 Holden VZ Commodore V8 Supercar.
It's interesting to see how far racing technology has progressed.
The V8 Supercar happens to be the same car as my 1/6th Radio controlled version, as featured in some of my other clips.
Mark Hayes LC Torana Australia's quickest street car 2009
Street Car Superstars was held on the 26th Jan 2009 at WSID, it's mission
to find Australia's quickest street car. A mandatory 45km cruise, D.O.T
tyre and quickest ET of the day will be crowned Australia's quickest street
car. Mark Hayes LC Torana took the crown with a 8.33 ET, he also won his
bracket "street assisted". This car has run as fast as 8.0 on a Drag Radial
and 7.7 on a full slick.
Peter Brock: The last studio interview In Pit Lane
I had thought this was already up on YouTube but it appears not. So in
response to those who want to see it once again here is our special
interview show with Brocky recorded on the eve of him leaving for The
Goodwood Revival. Less than 2 weeks later he was gone, killed in a crash
while competing in the Targa West Tarmac Rally in Western Australia.
To this day it's hard to watch this without feeling so sad, and also
wondering just what Brock would be doing now. It'd be something pretty
exciting I would imagine.
Sorry about the quality but it was encoded as a podcast back when podcasts
were really small.
HDT Brock Commodores Race Of Champions
HDT VC Brock Commodore Race of Champions held at Bob Jane's Calder Park
Raceway in 1980. Footage from old Channel 9 Wide World Of Sports TV Show.
Bob Jane negotiated successfully to have the Australian GP staged at his
own Calder Park circuit on November 16, 1980 and as well as bringing Jones
and his Championship-winning Williams-Cosworth FW07 back home, also invited
rising Italian F1 star Bruno Giacomelli in his V12 Alfa Romeo 179 and
French Ligier F1 driver Didier Pironi, to drive a leased Elfin F5000 car.
Local drivers in other F5000 cars made up the rest of the field.
To promote their ground-breaking coverage of F1 racing at the time, the
Nine Network agreed to telecast the AGP meeting live across Australia not
only the F1 race, but a proposed Race of Champions event with 12 of the top
drivers competing against each other in two races driving identical cars.
Peter Brock jumped at the opportunity to provide these cars, as coming hot
on the heels of his inaugural Bathurst victory in a Commodore the previous
month, it provided an unrivalled opportunity to promote his new cars to a
national audience. Twelve early-production HDT cars were selected for the
race all with manual gearboxes: one Tuxedo black, two Firethorn Red and the
rest Palais White the only three colours available in the new Brock range.
Apart from mandatory safety equipment like alloy half roll-cages, safety
harnesses and fire extinguishers the cars were otherwise identical to the
HDT Commodores already trickling into Holden showrooms around the country.
The only exception was their three-spoke Momo steering wheels, which were
crudely hand-engraved with each cars SV (Special Vehicle) number, which
also matched their racing number.
Because the event was billed as the Race of Champions, the 12 cars prepared
for the event were referred to as HDT ROC Commodores. The allocation of
cars to the cast of champion drivers for the two Race of Champion events
one on Saturday and the other on Sunday was decided by a ballot on Friday
and this is how they lined up: RoC SV1 (white) Charlie OBrien; RoC SV2
(white) Tony Edmondson; RoC SV3 (white) Dick Johnson; RoC SV4 (white) Bob
Jane; RoC SV5 (white) Kevin Bartlett; RoC SV6 (red) John Bowe; RoC SV7
(black) Peter Brock; RoC SV8 (white) Jim Richards; RoC SV9 (white) Didier
Pironi; RoC SV10 (white) Colin Bond; RoC SV11 (red) Jack Brabham; RoC SV12
(red) John Harvey. However only 11 of the 12 cars actually raced, as the
one intended for John Harvey suffered engine problems and was withdrawn.
The grid for the first race was in number order, with OBrien on pole and
Brabham on the back and when the flag dropped, it was on for young and old.
It was meant to be a fun race, but John Bowe, who finished second behind
eventual winner Kevin Bartlett in Saturdays 10-lapper, said it was
massively serious for those behind the wheel.
After the event, the 11 race cars were repaired by HDT Special Vehicles,
their race and sponsorship stickers removed and were offered for sale by
tender to authorised HDT Commodore dealers, with their odometers reading
Perhaps surprisingly, they were not in particularly high demand at the time
and sold for around $15-20,000, with the cars driven by Brock, Brabham and
Johnson believed to have achieved the highest prices. The triple World
Champions SV11 car reportedly made $18,500.
Above Details From
Bathurst 1987: That Old Brocky Magic
Another from the vault - and a clip from what turn out (eventually) to be
Peter Brock's ninth and last Bathurst win. Coming home third on the day,
the "winning" and "second place" Eggenberger Texaco Ford Sierra's were
firstly cleared of having illegal fuel by the Tuesday after the race, but
found to have illegally modified wheel arches and associated body work to
allow them to run larger tyres on their cars. It took until June 1988, but
Brock was declared the winner - but in this sequence in the rain in the
closing laps of the race, we are reminded just how good the man was.
Absolutely superlative car control, mixed with the happy-go-lucky mind of
the man. Pure Brock magic!
Peter Brock Bathurst 1979, Last Lap in the A9X.
The legendary last lap of the 1979 Bathurst enduro. Peter Brock takes the
race win by a massive six lap lead, setting a new lap record on this final
lap. Enjoy this great sporting moment...
Australian Holden LX Torana LS1 running here in California latest updates
My Torana, LS1 with Edelbrock intake, big brakes, 6 speed, Exhaust I built, a/c, power windows, remote
locks, custom 18" wheels, upgraded suspension, etc.
I did all of the work including electrical, engine swap, cooling system,
hidden a/c stuff, fuel system, suspension and the rest of the build.
I imported it years ago (and others since), but this one has been my
Dick Johnson drives Tru Blu after 25 years in hibernation.
Gasolene TV visited the big Longford Revival meeting and did this great
segment on Dick Johnson in his famous Tru Blu Bathurst winning Falcon.
Which was only recently refurbished by Bowden's Own after being in
hibernation for over 25 years. You can find the full clip from this
Longford event on the Gasolene TV YouTube account.