Category: Life before V8 Supercars

Peter Brock

Peter Geoffrey Brock, AM (26 February 1945 – 8 September 2006), otherwise known as Peter Perfect, The King of the Mountain, or simply Brocky, was one of Australia’s best-known and most successful motor racing drivers. Brock was most often associated with Holden for almost 40 years, although he raced vehicles of other manufacturers including BMW,…



Dick Johnson’s Shell Sierra

While Saturday Sleuthing has generally revolved around the history and racing lives of modern-day V8 Supercars, more and more of our V8 Sleuth’s email is asking about older cars from the Group A and Group C era that helped pave the way for the V8 Supercars Championship that exists today. Aaron Noonan is often asked…



Bob Jane – Rebel at Heart

Fourty eight years ago Bob Jane won the first Bathurst and started a legend Bob Jane was already a star when he and Harry Firth won the first Armstrong 500 miler at Bathurst in 1963. He’d also won the two previous 500s (at Phillip Island) and two Touring Car Championships (1962 and ’63), and was…



The Great Race 1970 – Battle of the big guns

A crowd guessed at around 50,000 saw a clear Ford victory in a race of changing fortunes, that had three different makes in the lead at different times. But many would have gone home disappointed, for the race that started and finished spectacularly, almost died in the middle. Almost everybody won at Bathurst. Ford drove to…



Harry Firth’s little engine that won Bathurst!

They didn’t call Harry Firth the Old Fox for nothing. When he turned up for the inaugural Bathurst 1000 in 1963 some of his competitors thought he had taken leave of his senses. Not for him the great, growling V8 that has since become synonymous with the Mt Panorama circuit, where the race had moved…