AMC recalls a high-flying GT-HO from Bathurst 1970 that lived to race another day.
Bathurst’s biggest names are frequently asked at official dinners to recall their first impressions of Mount Panorama as rookies. Those from the prime muscle car era tell of being whisked up to Skyline as wide-eyed debutants and shuddering as they peer over the side.
Common themes of such stories are the first-timers’ surprise at the steep drop-off and the inadequate barriers ‘preventing’ cars from plunging to the bottom. Another shared trait of these driver recollections is the ‘glad I never found out’ tone.
Yet one former race winner did experience the sensation of sailing over the single row Armco and falling to the base of mountain during the October classic.
Tony Roberts won the 1969 Hardie-Ferodo 500 with Colin Bond in a Monaro GTS 350 for the Holden Dealer Team. This feat alone cemented his name in Bathurst’s history books.
The following year he entered Great Race folklore for an entirely different reason.
The Victorian drove solo in a Falcon XW GT-HO Phase II
Bathurst 1970 spectator Hugh Primrose’s amazing image of #67E leaping the barrier backwards has previously graced these pages. However, we’ve never before outlined the car’s post-Bathurst story.