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Manual journalist Andrew Wilson was embedded with the MFDT at Bathurst in 1977 and filed an insightful and colourful report for the January 1978 issue. It included the following gems:
Moffat revealed a disaster at Bathurst that year would prompt a career move away from motor racing… chicken-farming.
Ford loaned Bond’s co-driver, Alan Hamilton, a Falcon hardtop for the drive from Melbourne to Bathurst for the race. The car “blew its electrics” near Benalla.
Upon arrival in Bathurst on the Thursday of race week, the team and sponsors had dinner together at the Galloping Grape Wine Bar.
Brock’s three-car Bill Patterson Racing had yet not arrived at the circuit when Friday practice began.
At the post-qualifying ‘presentation’ Moffat took over the microphone and asked, “if the HDT have arrived yet. I haven’t seen them all day… are they here?” Harry Firth replied that that he would never engage in such bad sportsmanship and gives Moffat a dressing down.
Carroll Smith said the game plan was simple: “Make the bastards chase us.”
On lap 5 Moffat radioed the pits to say, “We’ve got ’em beat!” His two-way stopped working soon after.
Smith described Hamilton as, “The best amateur driver I’ve ever worked with.”
Following the traditional balcony presentation, the winning crew climbed aboard the mobile podium for a victory lap, but the truck was unable to access the circuit through the throng and a lap was abandoned.