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issue #82 featured six race-driver signature edition models that helped sprinkle stardust over model ranges and generate showroom traffic. The holy half-dozen we featured in detail were the HB Brabham Torana, VG Stirling Moss Special Valiant, Dick Johnson Grand Prix Turbo, Peter Brock EA Falcon, Perfect Pete’s Blue Meanie and the Wayne Gardner Commodore.
Also highlighted in that issue were ‘Star Cars’ that wore the names of Allan Moffat, Marcos Ambrose, Russell Ingall, John Goss, Craig Lowndes and John French.
It was by no means a complete list and we challenged readers to point out others released over the last 50-odd years. So strap yourself in while we provide an additional grab-bag of racing driver specials.
We start with the king... of the mountain and signature edition specials. Brock in 2005, the year before he died, announced a tie-up with Barlow World Holden in Melbourne to produce modified Holden Commodores based on the then current VZ model.
Customers would purchase a Commodore V8 from the Glen Waverley dealership and his Team Brock entity would work its magic, before personally delivering a ‘Brock 05’.
There were three levels of enhancement: Group 1, Group 2 and Group 3. The latter, just like the 1980s versions, featured the full enchilada – in this case a 320kW engine with modified induction, ROH Director three-piece modular wheels, Targa-spec suspension and a braking system with more acronyms than we have room here to list. There was also ‘Brock 05’ exterior badging and a build number on the passenger-side dashboard plus a numbered certificate of authenticity.
A black Brock 05 #002 sold earlier this year on eBay for $20,000. The seller claimed it was one of five vehicles produced under the Brock/Barlow arrangement, something we are not able to verify. The seller suggested the other four cars were: a