Brock was fastest in practice. Started on pole position. Including pit stops, no-one got in front of Peter and Jim Richards throughout the whole race. Finished 6 laps ahead of the nearest competitor. Set the lap record on the last lap. A lap record that stood until 1981 and a race record that will never be beaten.
This vehicle was kept by Peter Brock until 1992, then purchased by Bowden in original, unrestored condition in 1996.
After Brock and the Marlboro Holden Dealer Team (HDT), won both the 1978 Australian Touring Car Championship (ATCC) and Bathurst 1000, work commenced on building a fresh A9-X Torana in late 1978. Completed in January 1979 and log booked for competition on the 31/1/1979, the A9-X Torana you see before you was the last built by HDT, utilising everything learnt to make these potent packages go.
Brock came second in the 1979 ATCC to a very deserved win by Bob Morris, in the Ron Hodgson A9X. Of the eight rounds that made up the ATCC, Brock started on pole seven times, got three 1st positions, one 2nd, two 3rd, two 5th, set three lap records and shared equal quickest with Bob Morris at Adelaide.
With Brock and the HDT squad smarting by the most narrow of defeats for the ATCC crown. They got down to business for the two big ones of the Australian Racing Calender; Sandown and Bathurst. At Sandown, Brock took pole and led for most of the race, after 129 gruelling laps, the HDT cars crossed the line in a one-two formation, sending out a warning shot to anyone who wanted to win at Mt Panorama.
Then came a Bathurst 1000 like no other.
Brock grabbed pole by nearly two seconds, with co-driver Jim Richards he led uninterrupted from start to finish, crossed the line six laps ahead of their nearest competitor, then set the lap record on the last lap as he waved to the adoring crowd on top of the Mountain. It was The Bathurst 1000 and Peter Brock’s most commanding victory.
The car remained in the ownership of Peter Brock until 1993, when it was acquired by a Melbourne enthusiast, who in 1996 sold it to our collection. The car has amazingly never been restored, still wearing the marks and battle scars of the 1979 season.
At The Bathurst 2004 race, the A9X participated in the Holden Speed Comparison with Brock at the wheel. HDT had also paired Brock in the one of their V8 Supercar Commodores with Jason Plato, but the V8 Supercar was written off in a spectacular roll-over before Brock began his driving stint in the car. The images of Brock driving the HDT A9X that morning were to be the last time we would ever see him do a racing lap around his favourite circuit.
The A9X still resides in the Bowden collection with its HDT team-mate, the 1978 Bathurst Winning, Holden A9X “05” Torana.
This beautiful survivor exudes spirit and is the reason we started making car care products based solely around vehicle preservation.