1990 Nis­san Syd­ney 500 2

Australian Muscle Car - - Back In The Day -

015 sees Syd­ney Mo­tor­sport Park reach a ma­jor mile­stone – the venue’s 25th an­niver­sary. The first big event was the end-of­sea­son Nis­san Syd­ney 500 held on Novem­ber 10, 1990 at was then a very dusty Eastern Creek Race­way.

The event un­der­lined that the VL Com­modore model’s win in the Tooheys 1000 six weeks ear­lier was no fluke. This time, how­ever, it wasn’t the fac­tory-backed Holden Rac­ing Team that greeted the che­quered flag first, but the plain Jane pri­va­teer VL of Larry Perkins and To­mas Mez­era. Etch­ing his name in the new venue’s record book pro­vided some con­so­la­tion for Perkins, who fell short at Bathurst.

“Bathurst is a very hard race to win, and it slipped through our fin­gers. This win is com­pen­sa­tion,” Perkins en­thused post-race. The fact he had set a crack­ing pace in his fi­nal stint to out­run and out­last the Shell Sierra driven by John Bowe only added to a sat­is­fy­ing day’s work. The Bowe/Dick John­son ma­chine was hot on his tail, un­til the en­gine failed on the sec­ond last lap.

Two other Sier­ras filled out the podium: the blue Glenn Se­ton/Colin Bond-driven ex­am­ple and the Peter Brock/An­drew Miedecke #05 Mo­bil-backed Ford. Se­ton’s ef­fort was enough for him to clinch the Aus­tralian En­durance Cham­pi­onship.

David and Gary Brab­ham (B&H Sierra) led home an­other three turbo Fords.

The Nis­san GT-R set the pace in qual­i­fy­ing and led the race early – un­til a wheel fell off.

AMC favourite Johnny Goss won his class in Phil Ward’s Mercedes-Benz 190, while the works Corol­las won the tid­dler class.

In­ter­est­ingly, the Nis­san Syd­ney 500 was tele­cast on the Nine Net­work.

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