Confused Alliances 1
Well, first I had better quickly introduce myself. My name is
Wayne. Way back in 1972, a young boy watched his first full Bathurst
race with his Dad, whom had just made the purchase of his very first
brand new car. That car was a Holden Torana LJ. It was only the S
model, which was the base nodel in those days. It had the 149CI
engine which was about 2.25 Litres of 'Holden Red' 6 cylinder motor.
Even though it was nothing like the mighty XU1 Torana which come out
with a 3litre motor (186) with triple carbies, my Father was still
very proud of this car.
That year against the might of the famous GTHO(Grand
Touring Handling Option) Phase 3 Falcon that had a whopping 5.8
litre V8 motor, the Torana, through a little lady luck, with mother
nature providing the right weather and a very brave drive by a young
driver named Peter Brock managed to slip by Alan Moffat in the GTHO
as Moffat had a spin at Reid Park and win the 1972 James Hardie 500
At a young age , I got caught up in the enthusiasm
shown by my father at that race as he watched the type of car he had
just purchased, go by the Ford. Hence my love affair with Bathurst
began and another Holden supporter was born.
Through the years I remained a Holden supporter and
more importantly, Peter Brock supporter, to me he was and still is
the epitemy of Touring Car drivers in Australia. Then alas one sad
day finally happened. Halfway through the 1997 Shell Touring Car
series, Brocky announced his retirement. It was a sad day for me and
a lot of fans, as the remaining rounds of that year was some of the
most emotionally charged races I have ever seen, with grown men
crying even at races as Brock smoked the tyres and did honour laps
around the circuits that year.
Through the Brock years, whenever anyone asked me
about Bathurst, my answer would always be the same.. Barring
breakdowns/accidents, Brock will win. Even now that my preferences
have changed from Holden to Ford in 2002 the answer will be the
same. Barring breakdowns/accidents Brock will win.
After all that the owner of this site has asked me to
write this from the perspective of a Ford fan, so at the risk of
this article being miles too long, I will explain why my alliance
has swapped from Holden to Ford. I am a Taxi Driver and for a long
time now, through experience with driving both makes myself and the
opinion of 98% of the cab drivers/owners out there, that in the 6
cyl cars that the Ford Falcon motor is superior to the dinosaur
40year+ old Buick V6 motor that the Holden runs. So I was a sort of
a mixed supporter, following Ford in the 6 cyl range but still avid
Holden fans regarding the V8s.
Recently with the boredom of the same Commodore team,
winning the majority of races for nearly 3 years running, and the
release of the BA Falcon, I have fully changed my support to
So if Peter Brock has that Breakdown/accident, I feel
Bathurst is another place where the Fords will excel. Some Fords
that impress me are the #21 Ozemail Falcon of Brad Jones and his
talented (co)driver John Bowe. I feel this will be the strongest
team on race day, followed closely by the Stone Brother machines of
Marcos Ambrose and a recently confidence boosted David Besnard, who
took out the recent Queensland 500 race.
I attended that race and a guy who I didnt have much
time for as a driver, really took me by surprise , driving a
brilliant race in an ill handling underprepared Falcon. That man was
Neil Crompton. He did an outstanding race and through his
efforts, with the ever smiling Craig Lowndes, they bought that
car home in a well deserved Top 5 position.
So watch out towards the end of the race, because if
the 00 Motorsport Falcon is still circulating late, I think theyll
be right up there amongst the leaders.
Unfortunately I think the Shell team will still have
not found why their going backwards and wont be serious contenders
for the lead, with maybe a top ten position being a reward for a
hopefully clean race for that team.
My Bathurst Top Ten:
fast closing John Bowe
Marcos Ambroselist, will be
The top 3 or 4 on that order, but the
rest, mixed .
Anyhow wherever you are
and whoever you support, I hope youse all have a great day, whether
watching at home, or are lucky enough to be going, and witnessing
Brocks well deserved tenth