Category: Australian Motorsport

Clem Smith, the man and his Charger

Even today, the thunder of top-notch Sports Sedans delights racing purists around Australia. The cars remain spectacular and significantly fast, too; at most tracks the fastest cars are anywhere between two and six seconds quicker than current-specification V8 Supercars. Each year at Mallala one of Australia’s favourite Sports Sedans would take to the track for…



Longford Circuit – Tasmania

Wooden bridges, long straights, jumps, a railway crossing.., and even a pub. Tasmania’s super-fast road circuit had it all. Adam Cooper takes a trip to the track that even Jim Clark couldn’t conquer. When, in 1996, Damon Hill won the first Australian Grand Prix to be held at Albert Park, he helped to establish the…



Bathurst – Mount Panorama

Mount Panorama is famous for hard drivers, tougher crowds, mighty muscle cars and no place for whingers. They don’t build racetracks like Mount Panorama anymore. That’s why a visit to the fabled 3.862-mile circuit in New South Wales is not a visit at all, it’s a pilgrimage. Ask Dick Johnson, one of the many no-nonsense…



Perkins-Ingall 1997 Holden Commodore VS

Here we have the beautifully restored 1997 Primus 1000 Classic winning Castrol Commodore VS which raced to victory with Larry Perkins and Russell Ingall behind the wheel. The Bathurst winner hit the track at the recent Phillip Island Classic as part of the growing Australian 5-Litre Touring Car Association’s category. Photography by Chris Nicholls from p1racephotography.com.au



TA2 Increases AMRS Participation for 2019

They were a crowd favourite last year, and the V8-powered machines of the Performax TA2 Muscle Car Series will be back on the AMRS program for three rounds in 2019, as confirmed in the series’ calendar announcement today. The thumping 6.2 Litre Mustang, Camaro and Challenger US muscle cars will roar into action at the…



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…



Final chequered flag for Oran Park

After 48 years of speeding cars, motorcycles and trucks Oran Park Raceway will chase some of its final laps this weekend. Motorsport stars such as Sir Jack Brabham, Sir Stirling Moss, the formula one driver Mark Webber and nine-time Bathurst winner Peter Brock once roared around the 2.6-kilometre track on Sydney’s south-western fringe – but…



My vision was old hat: Larry Perkins

Larry Perkins says that he left V8 Supercars team ownership at the right time, and the team that took over the majority of his racing interests – Kelly Racing – has the right ingredients to succeed. Perkins, a six-time winner of the Bathurst 1000, got out of full-time V8 Supercar racing at the end of…



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…