At this year’s Bathurst 1000, to be held in the lead up to and on the first weekend of October, past racers from both sides of the rivalry will be on display to celebrate the biggest race of the Supercars calendar.
For Holden, it’s 50 years since he Lion first took victory at The Mountain so the National Motor Racing Museum is bringing out some classics – including a replica of the HK Monaro that won the 1968 Hardie-Ferodo 500.
The Bruce McPhee/Barry Mulholland (though the latter famously only drove one lap) replica is regularly on display at the museum, so it won’t need to go far.
Joining it will be perhaps Holden’s most iconic racer, the A9X Torana which Peter Brock and Jim Richards used to dominate in the late 1970s. It’ll be traveling slightly further, coming from the Bowden collection at the Sunshine Coast.
Supercars says other cars to feature from Holden’s history will be the Torana driven by Bob Morris and John Fitzpatrick in 1976, and the Chikadee VK Commodore from 1986 which was the inspiration for Erebus’ Sandown 500 retro livery.
The Perkins/Ingall VR from 1995, the Murphy/Kelly VY from 2003, the Tander/Davison VE from 2009 and the 2015 Lowndes/Richards VF will also be on display.
According to Supercars, Supercars’ events manager Phil Shaw says a collection of 10 Falcons is planned to display on the weekend of the race, with Craig Lowndes’ ‘Green-Eyed Monster’ AU Falcon and Glenn Seton's 1997 ATCC-winning EL Falcon already confirmed.
It’s expected the other eight Falcons will be confirmed over the next two weeks.