The Goss on the Bathurst Kingswood
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.