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Gra­ham Alexan­der’s col­lec­tion

Be­lieve it or not, there are a lot of long-time rac­ing driv­ers who have next-to-no in­ter­est in road cars. Some oth­ers wouldn’t know a dif­fer­en­tial from a damper. Vic­to­rian Gra­ham Alexan­der is an ex­cep­tion... on both counts. One of the more ver­sa­tile race driv­ers in the coun­try, Alexan­der has won rounds of the Aus­tralian Rally Cham­pi­onship, taken a pro­duc­tion car Bathurst 12 Hour win and beaten es­tab­lished tin-top stars in ral­ly­cross’s 1970s hey­day in his time be­hind the wheel.

“I beat both Brock and Mof­fat at Calder in the To­rana,” he says.

Still very skilled be­hind the wheel – and handy with a span­ner – in more re­cent times Alexan­der has been known as a con­sis­tently quick en­try in the Tour­ing Car Mas­ters se­ries with his bel­low­ing HT GTS 350 Monaro. But it is long-dis­tance ral­ly­ing that re­mains his pas­sion.

“I built a Ford Es­cort to do a round Aus­tralia trial [ED: ac­tu­ally the 1979 Repco Re­li­a­bil­ity Trial] back in the 1970s but I was ex­hausted by it,” he re­calls. “I spent two weeks in bed re­cov­er­ing.”

Nev­er­the­less it sowed a seed that even­tu­ally

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