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Old 5 Jan 2011, 08:08 (Ref:2811373)   #31
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The atmosphere in the HSV pit that weekend was pretty poisonous and it had nothing to do with the protest. The relationship between TWR and Perkins wasn't a good one and was made even worse when Perkins car was considerably quick than the UK Built TWR Commodore. TWR didn't take too well by being shown up. The fact that Walkinshaw then invoked a contractual right to take over Larry's car during the race and didn't drive to Larry's instructions which in Perkins mind caused the car to DNF was another issue too.

All in all that race weekend would have to go down as one of the most fascinating there has been and mainly for all the off track dramas
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Old 5 Jan 2011, 15:46 (Ref:2811535)   #32
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To the best of my knowledge the '88 Bathurst 1000 was the last drive for Tom Walkinshaw, so a low note to end an otherwise impressive career.

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Old 6 Jan 2011, 00:48 (Ref:2811727)   #33
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I think by that stage there was too much going on via his motor racing and business interests too be able to devote the time needed to be a professional race car driver
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To the best of my knowledge the '88 Bathurst 1000 was the last drive for Tom Walkinshaw, so a low note to end an otherwise impressive career.

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Yes I was racking my brain trying to think if he'd been out in anything after that race, but haven't come up with anything?

I'm sure he must've been doing some test driving at times though, he was renowned for that.
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Old 6 Jan 2011, 16:39 (Ref:2812001)   #35
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Yes I was racking my brain trying to think if he'd been out in anything after that race, but haven't come up with anything?

I'm sure he must've been doing some test driving at times though, he was renowned for that.
The only thing I could guess at would be some sort of historic racing, like at Goodwood. 1986 must have been his last season for real, as his 1987 appearances were very one-off in nature.

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Old 25 Jan 2011, 06:07 (Ref:2820226)   #36
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Round 4 Wanneroo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PMLaxGjF4A
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Old 25 Jan 2011, 18:55 (Ref:2820509)   #37
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Great footage from Wanneroo! Thank you very much, DV_08

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Adelaide Grand Prix Circuit, SA (12/11/1988)


Circuit Length: 3.78 km
Race Distance: 32 laps
Weather: Sunny

Most of the top runners had made the trip to New Zealand, but unlike the previous year's dramas all were back in time to prepare for the last race on Australian soil for 1988. However, the entry included no Moffat or Petch Sierras, while Pukekohe-winner Andrew Miedecke was racing at the Intertec 500 in Japan.

Sierras lead from the start, but the hot conditions soon gets to them; Longhurst blows a head gasket, while both Shell cars struggle with heat-related misfires. Into the lead surge the two HSV Commodores of Perkins and Denny Hulme, to record the General's only win of 1988. It is also the marque's first win since race 1 of the 1987 AMSCAR series, and their last until the 1990 Tooheys 1000.

PositionNumberEntrantDriverCarClassRace Time/LapsRetirement CauseFastest TimeQualifying TimeGrid Position 
110Holden Special VehiclesLarry PerkinsHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A32 laps/57m25.42s  1m43.73s4 
211Holden Special VehiclesDenny HulmeHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A32 laps/57m29.26s   7 
34Caltex CXT Racing TeamColin BondFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A31 laps/60m17.77s  1m44.19s5 
405Mobil 1 Racing TeamPeter BrockBMW M3B31 laps   10 
56Garry Rogers MotorsGarry RogersHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A31 laps     
624Jagparts RacingGerald KayHolden Commodore VKA31 laps     
7 Peter Jackson Nissan RacingGeorge FuryNissan Skyline GTS-R HR-31A30 laps   8 
852J.C. FarrellJohn FarrellHolden Commodore VL (HDT)A30 laps     
971Toyota Team AustraliaJohn FaulknerToyota Corolla AE86 CoupeC30 laps   (1) 
1028Capri ComponentsLawrie NelsonFord MustangA      
DNF2I.C.L. RacingAllan GriceHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A gearbox    
DNF Peter Jackson Nissan RacingMark SkaifeNissan Skyline GTS-R HR-31A7 lapshead gasket    
DNF17Shell Ultra Hi RacingDick JohnsonFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A28 laps  1m40.70s1 
DNF18Shell Ultra Hi RacingJohn BoweFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A29 laps 1m44.58s1m41.54s3 
DNF25Benson & Hedges RacingTony LonghurstFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A7 lapshead gasket 1m41.41s2 
DNF1Mobil 1 Racing TeamJim RichardsBMW M3B engine    
DNF72Toyota Team AustraliaMike OliverToyota Corolla AE82 HatchC      
DNF88David SalaDavid SalaNissan GazelleB7 laps     
 26Strathfield Car RadiosTony NoskeHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A      
 46Sunliner CampmobilesTony HunterHolden Commodore VKA      
 22Lusty Engineering Pty LtdKen LustyHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A      
 50Leeson Civil EngineeringGarry WillmingtonHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A      
 34Phil Ward Automotive ServicesPhil WardMercedes-Benz 190E-16B      
 49Wayne ParkWayne ParkHolden Commodore VL (HDT)A      
DNF38Grellis MarketingRay EllisHolden Commodore VL (HDT)A      
 3Yellow PagesPeter McLeodHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A      
DNF42Hella Australia Pty LtdLarry KoggeNissan Skyline DR-30A      
 13Bob Holden MotorsBob HoldenToyota Corolla AE86 LiftbackC      
 20Finnigan Mathews RacingKen MathewsHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A      
 75Belgrave 2-Way Radio Services Toyota Corolla AE86 LiftbackC      
 87Joe SommarivaJoe SommarivaBMW 635 CSiA      
 44A. MulvihillTony MulvihillHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A      
 73Toyota Team Australia?Toyota Corolla AE82 HatchC      
DNF51Bob Holden MotorsDennis RogersToyota Corolla AE86 LiftbackC      
?23BeaurepairesChris LambdenHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A      
Updates of results from Autosport. A look in the AMRY 1988/89 book there's a picture of one of the Peter Jackson Nissan and both Shell Sierras from Adelaide, with the #30 Skyline said to be Skaife. This is the usual George Fury number, so who raced what among the Nissans?

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Old 26 Jan 2011, 09:28 (Ref:2820740)   #38
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From what i remeber of that race it was extremly hot and the Sierras couldnt cope with the extreme heat
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They started using Motec in 1989 which was a horror season for them.
The motec was used throughout 88. Richard bendell has told me it was one of the earliest uses in a racecar And an exciting time for his company .
Motec Proudly advertised their 88 results (3rd ATCC, Amscar champs and 3rd & 5th Bathurst)
in auto action. The original motec is still in the car today.
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The motec was used throughout 88. Richard bendell has told me it was one of the earliest uses in a racecar And an exciting time for his company .
Motec Proudly advertised their 88 results (3rd ATCC, Amscar champs and 3rd & 5th Bathurst)
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Ok thanks for that wasnt aware they were using them so soon. Wasn't Perkins using Motec from the inception of the Injected Group A Commodore?
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It was strang thought that he did protest the CMS Team from Sweden of Ulf Granberg and Kiwi Inky Tulloch, didn't matter much as they only lasted a few laps, but it was the only European Sierra Protested. I often wondered that after the arse kicking that the Eurpeans got at the hands of Dick and John Bowe at Silverstone weather Eggenberger was giving Walkinshaw info on what he believes was making the cars so fast and he protested accordingly
A really random thought- I certainly don't think I've ever seen anything in print to suggest it's the truth.
The Swedish CMS Sierra (supplied as a kit of parts from Andy Rouse IIRC) had also been at Silverstone- I think it was the race debut for the car. Could there have been some potential issue with the Swedish car that Walkinshaw was already aware of from Silverstone which led to it being included in the protest, while the other two European-sourced (Moffatt/Eggenberger and Petch/Wolf) Sierras weren't?
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I know its been over two years since anyone posted in this thread......but I will bump anyway.

Didn't Bondy's team actually find that the protest lodged by Walkinshaw was illegal and should never of been allowed to proceed? Under the rules only an entrant in the race could lodge a formal protest. The fact was that Walkinshaw lodged his protest under his TWR licence, but the entire HSV team (including car #20) were actually entered by Perkins. The stewards of the meeting (both the ARDC and FISA) completely stuffed up by acting on the protest. Of course it could have been easily rectified by Perkins protesting, which I've no doubt he would have if it was needed.

I find it ironic that the Sierra's were eventually cleared (even if the Longhurst car had its protest withdrawn) while the 3 HSV team cars were found to be illegal. All through the ATCC Perkins had been telling anyone who'd listen that the Sierra's weren't legal (in his opinion), yet in the end 2 of the 3 HSV cars that had illegal mods to their steering racks were built by.....Perkins.

Perkins recently came out in "Australian Muscle Car" magazine saying that the 1988 Tooheys 1000 was one that got away and that he believed Walkinshaw was death riding his #10 car by not sticking to its Perkins enforced rev limit. Typical Larry on that one ignoring the fact that he'd been caught cheating. If truth be told the cars DNF saved Holden and HSV the embarrassment of a post race DQ so Tom did them a favour, even if he didn't know it at the time. If car #10 had not retired there is a good chance it could have "won" the race as for the last 25 laps while Mezera was at the wheel of Longhurst's car it was suffering a break problem and was in no position to be pushed hard in a late race scrap for the lead (much like Moff's Falcon in 1977, but we all know how that ended). Holden and HSV were already somewhat in the public and media doghouse for the HSV VL Commodore being released so late (IIRC Holden had already launched the VN by the time the VL SV hit the race track), this would have been a PR disaster.

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I pointed this out to the editors of Australian Muscle Magazine in a letter published in issue 68.

It would not have been good for the sport to have the winners of the Great Race disqualified two years in a row.
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I pointed this out to the editors of Australian Muscle Magazine in a letter published in issue 68.

It would not have been good for the sport to have the winners of the Great Race disqualified two years in a row.
That was your letter saying the HSV team cars were as legal as a $3 note?
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