Sport

Bob beats them all at Autumn Nationals

Past Bathurst winner Bob Holden wins a race at the Historic Nationals at Morgan Park. Photo Contributed
Past Bathurst winner Bob Holden wins a race at the Historic Nationals at Morgan Park. Photo Contributed Shiftingfocuscomau

FORTY-nine years after winning Bathurst in a Mini Clubman, Bob Holden is still winning - this time in the open handicap event at the Historic Racing Car Club of Queensland Autumn Nationals.

Holden's influence at the historics was even more as six of the cars he drove at Bathurst, even more, were on the track at the weekend.

Some of the cars he drove at Bathurst which are still racing include a Renault, Datsun 1000, Toyota Celica, Peugeot 404 and Ford Escort Twin Cam.

He now lives in the hills outside of Taree on a property he describes "as the nearest I will ever get to Heaven"

During his career, he raced 34 times at Bathurst but said he could only afford the little cars.

"In 1966, the first 10 cars were Mini Clubmans. I didn't want the big sponsorship as too many people have done the wrong thing by sponsors," he said.

Holden funded most of his own motor racing costs by operating repair shops at Killara and then Manly Vale in Sydney.

At the Autumn Historics at the weekend, he had four cars in town and drove a Toyota Corolla to victory in the open handicap for back-to-back wins.

He didn't start from the front row in the open handicap; positions at the start were based on potential lap times for the different classes of cars.

"I did a bit better than my potential lap time," he said.

"It is really good to see so many drivers turn up and it looks like a good crowd."

The weekend attracted more than 180 drivers and co-organiser Peter Walsh described the conditions as perfect on Saturday after a wet Friday and for many a wet trip to Warwick.

Nerang driver Craig Allan won the Group Nc class to become the inaugural winner of the Bill Campbell Memorial Trophy at the Autumn Historics.

The award was presented yesterday by Bill's wife Sharon with many family members in the crowd."

Topics:  car racing, motor sport




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Having battled PND four times, Mel says the secret is sleep

'I just thought, don’t all mothers get no sleep?’

'My husband lasted 6 weeks as a stay at home dad'

APN Hey Mummy Feature for online - stock images. Katie Dykes being interviewed for the webisodes. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

FROM the outside, being a stay at home mum looks like a breeze.

THE EXPERT: Stop judging working mothers

SUPER MUMS: Being a working mums comes down to perfecting time management.

"WORKING for money is all right; so is working because you want to.”

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

Woman who collapsed in centre airlifted to Brisbane

Shocked shoppers watch on as paramedics perform CPR on a person who collapsed inside Rose City Shoppingworld.

Woman was critical after incident at Rose City Shoppingworld

Latest deals and offers


Artists transform street with yarn art

Jumpers and Jazz in July Diggers Garden Group entry from 2015.

Tree-jumper art is the latest creation in Warwick's CBD.

Clive Palmer to re-open refinery

Clive Palmer on ABC radio.

Clive Palmer talks about his achievements, election chances and re-opening the...

Passers-by revive elderly woman at Warwick shopping centre

Warwick police officer-in-charge Sergeant Jamie Deacon speaks at the Rose City...

Burnett Heads housing development approved

COUNCIL APPROVED: A Burnett Heads housing development has been approved by Bundaberg Regional Council. Photo Contributed

Councillors approved the development seven votes to four