Even the biggest mysteries of the world have a way of explaining themselves. In a previous post I mused as to why there was a HDT Bathurst Torana sitting on the showroom floor of Adelaide BMW, and as it turns out it was merely there a little early for last night’s Legends Dinner. Any Given Reason reader Tom Gilbert tipped me off (thanks Tom!), and it seems that somebody had the brilliant idea to assemble some of Australia’s most important race cars in the same room as the drivers who drove them, and invite whoever was lucky enough to hold a ticket to have dinner with these automotive and human legends.
Unlike Tom I wasn’t lucky enough to hold a ticket for the dinner, so I did the next best thing – I dropped in for a 730am visit the Sunday morning after in the hope of catching a glimpse of some of these cars. There were a couple of guys from Adelaide BMW cleaning up around the showroom, and they very kindly allowed me to come in and have a look around. The solid lineup of HDT cars was very impressive.
This Torana has lived many lives. It was originally used as a rally car by Colin Bond, and was then transformed into an unbeatable sports sedan and driven by Captain Peter Janson. It’s been restored but a small patch on the roof has been left showing the many historic layers of paint that lay beneath. Does anyone have any more info on this car?
This isn’t the actual A9X Torana driven to Bathurst victory by Jim Richards and Peter Brock, but rather it is one of 4 genuine A9X hatch’s built as race replicas in period by General Motors Holden for display in dealerships and shows. And what’s more, it is in completely original condition! I guess that just show’s what happens to race cars that don’t actually get raced!
Back in the day.
And proving that there’s still competition life left in old Falcon’s, this XW GTHO competed in the Targa Adelaide rally just a few weeks ago. I’ve heard this beast in anger and it sounds positively knee trembling. A hairy chested car if there ever was one.Adelaide BMW #Alan Moffatt #Bathurst #Charger #Commodore #Falcon #Ford #Gallaher #Geoghegan #HDT #Holden #HSV #Jim Richards #Legends Dinner #M Coupe #Monaro #Peter Brock #Torana