The Goss on the Bathurst Kingswood

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six de­grees of sep­a­ra­tion, when it comes to rac­ing leg­end John Goss, AMC reck­ons there’s never more than two!

Take, for ex­am­ple, our story in is­sue #79 on the sole Holden Kingswood to con­test the Bathurst clas­sic, the 186S-pow­ered HK driven by Novo­cas­trian Jim Sul­li­van and Sib Pe­tralia in the 1968 Hardie-Fer­odo 500.

Af­ter read­ing that story of mo­tor­ing jour­nal­ist Sul­li­van’s rec­ol­lec­tions, ever-help­ful tour­ing car his­to­rian Scott Mackay dropped us a line to high­light that this Kingswood was also raced by the leg­endary JG.

This was in the 1969 Roth­mans 12 Hour at Surfers Par­adise In­ter­na­tional Race­way, when the Kingswood and a Hill­man Hunter GT were en­tered in class C by ‘The High Per­for­mance School’. The school’s ‘prin­ci­pal’ Bill Tuckey was paired with Sib Pe­tralia in the Hill­man, while Goss and John Cooke drove the Kingswood. Wheels mag­a­zine’s brief race re­port men­tions that both cars fin­ished the race but were ex­cluded from the re­sults for non-at­ten­dance at fi­nal scru­ti­neer­ing.

This con­firmed AMC’s long-held the­ory that there’s a John Goss-con­nec­tion to ev­ery rac­ing story from that era. He’s mo­tor rac­ing’s an­swer to Kevin Ba­con.

Again, we won­der what be­came of this well-used Kingswood, that wore NSW plates EXY-255 at SPIR? Whad­da­know?

For the record, Surfers’ rock around the clock was won by the McCluskey For­den­tered XT GT of Bill Gates (not the Mi­crosoft squil­lion­aire) and Jim Ber­tram, who cov­ered 427 laps or 1374.5km.

Keen AMC read­ers will re­call Phil Ill­field’s mag­nif­i­cently re­stored HT Holden NRMA road ser­vice panel van that we fea­tured a few months ago ( # 79). Here it is on Pit Straight at Mount Panorama over the Easter long week­end as Phil takes the old girl on a ‘victory’ lap of the Bathurst track.The van was judged best re­stored panel van at the 40th an­niver­sary run­ning of the Aus­tralian Van Na­tion­als, held at Mount Panorama as part of this year’s Bathurst Mo­tor Fes­ti­val.

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