FAQs and facts
debate raged among Brock Commodore and racing enthusiasts about which Big Banger is which, all manner of questions have been posed. Below are some of the more commonly asked questions.
What does Western Australian John Farrell have to say about which car he received from the Holden Dealer Team in 1985? Was it #05 (COM 6) or was it #25 (COM 7)? A: AMC tracked John Farrell down and put that question to him:
“The car [I bought and raced] was the John Harvey car,” Farrell told AMC. “I wanted to buy the Bathurst-winning car and Peter said, ‘It’s not for sale, it’s already committed to the Bathurst motor museum, I think, through General Motors. I can sell you Johnny Harvey’s car.’
“They brought the John Harvey car to Perth in their transporter for the touring car round [of 1985]. “I ran the car for four or five months in the street car series – so I ran it on street tyres – and then Peter rang me one day and said he’d had an offer too good to refuse to sell it to Vauxhall, who wanted to run it in some series as a Vauxhall. If I’d sell it, he’d build me a quasi Group A car which I could run in Western Australia at no cost.
“I went to England not long after the car left here. I had dinner with John Cleland, his Dad and some others at a pub on the outskirts of London. They had the car on a trailer there, as they’d had it out testing. “I lost all track of that car after that. “And then time went by and miraculously the car came back to Australia as the Bathurst-winning car. It never was.”
Farrell’s assertions are backed up by photographs of him racing the car at Wanneroo
as #52 (#25 reversed) with the same windscreen banner as Harvey carried at Bathurst. This banner had the ‘Commodore’ signage in black. Surely if the car he bought was #05 then he would have run with the #50?
Magazine reports of the time also refer to the car as being ex-Harvey.
Images of the car racing in Perth in 1985 also show this car as having the same driver’s side mirror as used on #25, which was significantly larger than that as run on #05.
Farrell says he was sure he had #25 as it still had the tell-tale signs of the damage inflicted when Harvey clashed with George Fury at Hell Corner during the Bathurst 1000.
“When the car came to Perth the repair was
Above: John Farrell says it was the John Harvey car that he bought. The windscreen wipers on the #25 car at Bathurst had a habit of tearing the windscreen strip. Farrell also encountered this issue.