More Bathurst Display Cars Confirmed
Published 24 August 2015
Old school tourers and a replica of a 1938 Bathurst winner to be a part of October display …
A FURTHER three cars with varied Bathurst history have been confirmed as part of the display of historic vehicles in the Bathurst Bicentennial display at this year’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.
Confirmed this week is an ERA B Type Replica, an exact replica of the car that won the 1938 Australian Grand Prix at Mount Panorama.
Englishman Peter Whitehead won the race in his 1.5-litre, supercharged six-cylinder ERA B Type and was allowed to race ‘bare-headed’ so he could hear his engine better!
Over 30,000 spectators crowded all parts of the circuit on a bitterly cold Bathurst morning to watch the cars leave the line by handicapped interval to tackle the still unpaved, dirt circuit.
Whitehead left from scratch, 34 minutes after the first Austin 7 Special left the line. It took him until lap 35 of the 40-lap, 150-mile race to overhaul the leader.
The original 1938 Australian Grand Prix-winning ERA B Type survives in the hands of a European collector and briefly returned to Australia earlier this year, but we’ve thrilled Frank Cuttell has made available his replica of this important car for this year’s display.
A pair of interesting touring cars with Bathurst 1000 history has also been confirmed.
Heritage Touring Car racer Stephen Perrott is bringing along his Roadways-Gown-Hindhaugh Holden Torana A9X which competed in the 1979 Hardie-Ferodo 1000 at Bathurst and has remained active in historic racing.
Driven by Charlie O’Brien and Garth Wigston in ‘79, the hatchback qualified fifth on the grid and had worked its way up to second place behind the run-away leading Holden of Peter Brock and Jim Richards.
A pit stop to replace an expired diff dropped them back to finish eighth overall, but this car is a beautiful example of one of the most dominant cars in the history of Bathurst – the mighty Torana A9X.
We’ll also have a Bathurst record-holder joining us this October, a car that will be having its first public display in quite some time.
Terry O’Beirne’s Toyota Corolla is an ex-Bob Holden race car and holds the record for the most starts by one single car in the history of the Bathurst 1000.
The little machine clocked up an amazing nine starts in the annual October classic between 1984 and 1993 - and it could have started 10 given it also practiced for the 1991 Tooheys 1000 but did not take to the grid on the Sunday morning.
It survived a big accident at Queensland Raceway about 10 years ago and will join the Bicentennial display after a ground-up restoration, restored to how it raced in the last year of Group A rules, 1992.
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 in upcoming weeks for further confirmations of cars and bikes that will be part of the Bathurst Bicentennial display this October.