When you ran the 911T/R in 1969 it was often a one-man operation? It was not unusual to take the car to the track by myself. I had a stopwatch around my neck for practice. At the hotel I would roll the car out on ramps and the manager would help me bleed the brakes… I understand the ARDC’s Jack Hinxman wouldn’t accept the 911 for the Bathurst round of the 1969 ATCC? Yes, that was despite the 911 being FIAapproved as a touring car. I complained to CAMS and was prepared to lodge an injunction. In the end my entry was accepted as a substitute entry in a substitute car!
You owned some important Porsche racing cars back in the 1980s?
I bought the spare 917/30 Can-Am chassis for a trivial sum. I bought three 908s and a roadregistered one for $11,500 on the road. Mind you the forged titanium rear axles with sliding spine donuts for the 917/30 cost the same amount! It owed me $113,000 and I sold it back to the factory. It recently sold for $4.8M. The company raced all our cars and paid the running costs, as they were used for promotional purposes, but I actually owned them.
What do you think of racing today? I find V8 Supercars extraordinarily irritating. I don’t know what it represents any more. The same chassis, brakes, tyres, variations in engines, none of which you can buy in a car in Australia. It has sucked out all the money from other forms of motor racing. As for single-seaters
Not exactly a rocketship up the hill, but second at Bathurst 1969’s ATCC round was typical of that year. Inset: With Alf Costanzo in Historics.