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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

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