Peter Brock’s VL Commodore

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The Commodore on this page gave Holden racing legend, Peter Brock, his 9th and final victory in the James Hardie 1000 in 1987.

This VL Commodore was the penultimate group “A” race car, Chassis #16, to be built at Holden Dealer Team workshops. The car was homologated in April 1987 and debuted at Surfers Paradise Raceway in May loaded with “05” Livery. It continued to carry most of Brock’s racing duties through to the Oran Park round, after which it was withdrawn from local duty, equipped with endurance equipment and sent to Belgium for the Spa round of the World Touring Car Championship 24-hour race. It ran as high as fifth but, unfortunately, retired in the tenth hour with a blown head gasket. It was sent back to Australia but missed the Sandown 500 race as it was still in transit. Upon returning the VL was stripped of its 24-hour gear and sent to Bathurst as the second HDT car, number 10. Peter Mcleod and Jon Crooke were assigned the driving duties.
1987 was a controversial win for Brock after the number one car “05” blew its engine early in the race. Mcleod was then called in to hand the number “10” car over to Brock and David Parsons.
Brock then barnstormed the car from tenth up to fourth place, after which Parsons began his stint in the car. A rainstorm soon erupted causing all sorts of carnage on the track. The pace car was called out and Parsons came in giving the car to Brock who emerged in third place behind the pace car. This was how the race finished with Brock behind the two European entered Caltex Ford Sierras. However 6 months later Brock, Parsons and Mcleod were awarded the win as the two Sierras were disqualified for having modified wheel arches, which allowed larger wheels to be fitted.

Shortly after the car was used for promotional purposes before being sold to Bob Jones who later sold it to Peter Angus and John Taylor in 1993. They lovingly  restored to car to its Bathurst winning configuration, in 2003 Queensland racing enthusiast David Bowden became its proud new owner.