My knowledge of these cars isn’t deep enough to know if this is the real deal or not, but it looked quite legit to me. The hand welded aluminium drop-tank, basic polished alloy roll cage and period seats all point to this car being genuine, or at least a very good replica. Does anyone else out there have any more info on this car?
If this example is genuine, it is the sister 1979 car to Peter Brock’s famous 05 A9X, the two forming the Holden Dealer Team. It was raced in the ATCC by John Harvey, who was partnered by Ron Harrop at Bathurst that year. Yes, the same Ron Harrop who went on to form the famous Harrop Engineering business.
Number 26 didn’t have the same fortunes as 05 (victory by Brock and Jim Richards) at Bathurst in 1979. It ran as high as second place, but with Harrop behind the wheel the brakes failed on lap 57, sending the Torana heavily into the barriers at XL bend. The wreck was purchased by the HDT paint and panel guy, who restored it back to perfect condition and kept it out of the public eye for the next 30 years.
The genuine car is now part of the famous Bowden collection, where it resides with the 05 car once more. So its really got me thinking – is this real deal?
Genuine or not, it was a refreshing change from the sea of grey and black BMW’s.#1979 #A9X #Adelaide BMW #Bathurst #BMW #HDT #Holden #Holden Dealer Team #John Harvey #Marlboro #Peter Brock #Ron Harrop #Torana