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

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