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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.

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