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First Bathurst Display Cars Confirmed

Published 19 August 2015

Over $10 million of impressive vehicles to be on-site at Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 …

THE V8 Sleuth team is working hard with V8 Supercars on a major display historically-significant racing cars and bikes at this year’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 – and we can confirm the first batch of vehicles that will be attending!

We’re excited that the display will be the first public appearance of the freshly-restored 2005 Bathurst 1000-winning Holden Racing Team Commodore as driven by Mark Skaife and Todd Kelly to victory that year, which was 10 years ago but seems like yesterday!

Dunlop Series team Eggleston Motorsport have been working on a restoration of the vehicle for some time, so we’re thrilled they have elected to give the car its first public airing in the display we’re putting together.

We’re also thrilled to add some open-wheeler history with the very McLaren M10-B Formula 5000 in which Niel Allen set the outright lap record in 1970 for the Mount Panorama circuit.

It was a mark – 2m09.7s – that was never beaten prior to the old circuit being modified with the addition of Caltex Chase in 1987, and it took 32 years all up for it to be broken.

We pass on our thanks to the car’s owner Alan Hamilton for making it available.

Hamilton, of course, has his own place in Bathurst history – he was Colin Bond’s co-driver in the famous 1-2 Allan Moffat form finish in 1977 and actually co-drove with Moffat in the expat Canadian’s Bathurst debut in 1969 for the works Ford team.

Speaking of Fords, we have locked in an example of the mighty GT-HO Phase III Falcon that actually raced in the 1971 Bathurst classic.

In an added twist, multiple Australian Sprintcar Champion Garry Rush drove the car in that race with the late Damon Beck – and the current Mayor of Bathurst is … Gary Rush!

OK, so the spelling of their Christian names is slightly different but we couldn’t help but have a giggle here in the V8 Sleuth offices!

“My memories of that Falcon are as if it just happened yesterday,” says Rush – the race driver, that is.

“It was a very fast car and here it is 44 years later and it’s still the most famous Ford ever built in Australia. Bringing all of the amazing cars to Bathurst is just incredible.

“It brings back so many great memories for so many people.”

Mini fans will love what we’ve put together too – we’ve secured one of the three factory BMC Cooper S racers that finished eighth in the 1967 Gallaher 500 at Bathurst in the hands of rally ace Paddy Hopkirk and Brian Foley.

It’s been in a barn for nearly 30 years but has been completely restored over the last two years – it will look fantastic in Castrol racing green as part of the display.

The overall value of all machines in the display will be over $10 million, the perfect way to celebrate Bathurst’s Bicentennial this year.

Keep an eye on the V8 Sleuth website, V8 Supercars website and our respective social media channels for further confirmations of cars and bikes that will be part of the Bathurst Bicentennial display this October.

 

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