HRT 1992 Bathurst Commodore VP For Sale
Published 22 June 2015
Some Holden Racing Team history from the first batch of winged 1993 spec Commodores and Falcons is on the market …
THE beginning of the current V8 Supercar five-litre category is, would you believe it, nearly a full 23 years ago and one of the original cars is for sale right here!
The new-for-1993 rules saw four teams build cars in 1992 for the soon-to-be-introduced rules – the Holden Racing Team, Dick Johnson Racing, Glenn Seton Racing and Advantage Racing.
HRT and Seton were the first to debut their cars in the 1992 Sandown 500 in September of that year with the works Holden squad debuting two converted VNs and Seton a lone EB Falcon.
Brock’s Advantage team debuted a converted VN/VP with a Chevrolet engine at Bathurst and Johnson’s team finally debuting its new Falcon at the Adelaide Grand Prix after a false start with its original-build EB model.
But HRT also ran another car, debuting a brand new chassis at the 1992 Tooheys 1000 at Bathurst driven by former race winners Win Percy and Allan Grice.
And that very car – HRT 029 – is on the market and would form the perfect piece of racing memorabilia for a savvy collector looking for an historic HRT Commodore and one from that first batch at the start of the V8 era.
Grice and Percy, who won Bathurst in 1990 and were runners-up in 1991, took HRT 029 to fifth overall and victory in the 1993-spec car class in 1992.
Check out this video of the 1992 Tooheys 1000 Top 10 Shootout with Grice in the car at the start of the video.
The car was later raced by Wayne Gardner during his 1993 season with HRT, finishing third at Bathurst with Gardner and Brad Jones at the helm.
It later went through the hands of a range of privateer drivers in both the V8 Supercars Championship and the Development Series.
The ex-HRT car would be the perfect car for the collector or restorer and sits in ready to re-assemble VP state, including a HRT engine and a lot of the original components from its initial build.
Ideal for the Australian Five-Litre Touring Car Association it would also be just as at home in the car collection of a savvy investor.
Naturally, it includes all logbooks with full history - we'd love to see it complete and on a track sometime soon!