Past Bathurst winner Bob Holden shows his style in historic racing.
Past Bathurst winner Bob Holden shows his style in historic racing. Ian Welsh

High-octane fun

BOB Holden once held the record for most appearances at the Bathurst 1000 but this weekend his whole focus will be on a fun weekend driving on Morgan Park Raceway.

Holden, who won Bathurst in 1966, lives at Bucketts Way near Taree in New South Wales and will be on the road to Warwick this morning as part of a team of four drivers.

They don't have a team name; it isn't needed when the emphasis is fun.

The team comprises three Escorts and one Corolla which Holden will drive.

"I drove the last small car in the Bathurst 1000 with Neville Bridges, an Escort in 1993," he said.

"We started 56th on the grid and came 15th in a baby car."

Most of the team cars are in the name of Justin Matthews, of Sydney, who will drive Escorts along with Russell Keam, of Gunnedah, and his son Greg.

His philosophy has always been not to spend what you haven't got.

"I saw three or four cars repossessed on the Sunday morning at Bathurst," he said.

His greatest memory in motor racing was winning Bathurst in a Mini Coupe S in 1966.

Now almost 50 years later, he is still achieving in the sport and won three races in a recent class at Phillip Island.

He was driving a 1.6 litre car and won in the under 2l class just to prove small can be beautiful in motor racing.

Holden has driven at Morgan Park but admits he hasn't done too well on the raceway.

Racing all day Saturday and Sunday. The weekend will feature Groups A and C Touring Cars, Group S Sports Cars and Group N Touring Cars.

Admission is $15 with children under 14 free.



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