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Nis­san bl­itzin’

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Nis­sans of Terry Lawlor (GIO GT-R) and Jim Richards (Sky­line) shared the Her­itage Tour­ing Car vic­to­ries at the Aus­tralian Grand Prix meet­ing at Al­bert Park.

Lawlor’s two Group A wins gave him the over­all honours, with Richards and David Holc (GIO VL Com­modore) round­ing out the week­end’s podium.

Mil­ton Se­feris (ex-Jan­son Com­modore) was the pace­set­ter in Group C with two vic­to­ries, but a race one DNF saw Stephen Per­rott (To­rana A9X) claim the top tro­phy for the meet­ing. Jeff Trem­bath (ex-Cullen VC Com­modore) won the Group C class in race one.

The Her­itage Tour­ing Cars sup­port races at the Aus­tralian Grand Prix were be­ing run and won as this col­umn closed for press. Sadly, the much an­tic­i­pated re­turn to rac­ing of the 1991 Tooheys 1000-win­ning Nis­san GT-R didn’t even­tu­ate af­ter a pre-event en­gine is­sue forced Carey McMa­hon to with­draw both his HR31 and R32 Nis­sans. This robbed Group A/C en­thu­si­asts of see­ing Terry ‘The Law’ Lawlor’s seem­ingly un­touch­able ex-Forbes GIO GT-R up against its more suc­cess­ful sis­ter chas­sis. McMa­hon’s and Lawlor’s driv­ing skills seem matched, so NISMO and GMS fans will have to wait for Easter’s Bathurst Mo­tor Fes­ti­val, April 3-5, for the much-an­tic­i­pated match-up to oc­cur, at an even more spec­tac­u­lar set­ting.

The sup­port cast of Nis­sans re­mains strong with Mark Eddy (HR31) and some guy named Jim Richards, in his old ATCC win­ning HR31, fly­ing the flag with gusto. We feel for Jim hav­ing to choose which Group A car to race at what event, as his sta­ble now in­cludes his old JPS BMW M3 and ear­lier JPS 635. His Bathurst-win­ning son Steven, the reign­ing Car­rera Cup cham­pion, would be pretty handy in the M3. What say you, Jim?

Soon to be join­ing JR in the HTC ranks is Andy Mei­decke, who has re­cently pur­chased two Group A Sierra RS500s from a WA-based en­thu­si­ast. One is his old Ken­wood car that was given some se­ri­ous chas­sis up­grades by en­gi­neer­ing ex­perts Den­car be­fore Mei­decke sold it to the WA en­thu­si­ast. The other Sierra is very sig­nif­i­cant in that it’s a Ford that wears the iconic #05, be­ing the Den­car-built RS500 that Brock raced for the 1990 sea­son, af­ter motorcycling ace Barry Sheene wrote one of the Rouse cars off at a me­dia day ac­ci­dent. Den­car knew what was needed to make the slightly floppy three-door body work, so Andy will be one to watch in th­ese wildly fast Fords. The Sier­ras join Miedecke’s Group A sta­ble that al­ready has the ex-RSM (Hel­mut) Marko Mercedes 190E driven at Bathurst in 1986 by the team that in­cluded ski ace Franz Klammer, Denny Hulme, Jorg Van Om­men and Andy. The Mercedes 190E, sourced via Ecurie Bow­den a few years ago, is be­ing re­stored by for­mer owner Phil Ward. We can’t wait to see Andy take it to the BMW M3s in the ex­otic-sound­ing Merc. Miedecke’s son Ge­orge is a tal­ented driver, cur­rently cam­paign­ing a V8 Ute and would be pretty handy in ei­ther a RS500 or the Mercedes 190E…

An­other pre-1986 Group A car is leav­ing th­ese shores. This one is a Mus­tang and it’s head­ing to Europe and that’s all I can say at the mo­ment.

The sec­ond best deal avail­able to join the Her­itage Tour­ing Cars, the Berklee Ex­haust RX7 that won the Group C ti­tle in 2014, has been pur­chased by Vic­to­rian Phil Ver­wo­ert. Phil is bet­ter known for punting a gen­uine 1973 2.7-litre RS Porsche in Group S, so is well versed in how a sports car, ahem, tour­ing car, han­dles. Phil will be a wel­come ad­di­tion to the grow­ing RX7 ranks, with four Maz­das now reg­u­larly seen. There are also ru­mours of Paul Stub­ber’s Peter Stuyves­cant ex­am­ple ditch­ing the con­tentious 6-speed and join­ing the buzzing fleet soon as well.

What’s the best Group A deal, you ask? The ex-Gerald Kay Jag­parts HDT-built VK Com­modore is in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion and comes with reams of his­tory, from the build, all through its long ca­reer, to when Gerald sold it not that long ago. Who­ever buys that will be a happy HDT fan.

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