AMC: David, where did your nickname ‘Skippy’ come from?
David Parsons: Graeme ‘Mort’ Brown came with me a few times on the road. I always drove with my seatbelt loose, even in a racecar, so I could move around. He could see as soon I was lining up a car I moved my bum over. When I went to the left I would move it to the right and vice-versa. He said; ‘bloody oath David, you’re jumping from side to side like a kangaroo – Skippy!’ And that name has stuck ever since.
AMC: You’ve always been a touring car driver. Did you ever have thoughts about sports cars or single seaters?
DP: I won an Auto Action competition in 1982 and had a run in Alfie Costanzo’s Tiga (Formula Pacific). Alfie was impressed. The track was very dirty and I was on old tyres. I thought, how easy is this? They go, stop and handle! I was within a couple of seconds of his qualifying time. They wanted me to race and I said no. I’m a V8 driver. Wasn’t interested. Nothing like a V8, we all know that…
AMC: You had planned on racing your white Commodore at Bathurst in 1982 before Peter Janson came along?
DP: Yes. The original plan was to run with Dad. Get a few more dollars together or squeeze more milk from the cows! Then Janson called and I asked Dad and he said, ‘No, that’s your future, go with Janson’. I do regret not doing a long distance race with Dad but that’s how it was.
AMC: What was your take on that time when Peter Brock fell out of favour with Holden and he became obsessed with crystals, energy polarisers and Dr Dowker?
DP: Peter was saying you could run your road cars with 17 psi (pounds) of pressure. But you would pull the tyres off their rims in the carpark! Dr Eric Dowker was a very good physio and he helped my back. The mechanics thought he put crystals on my back! As for the crystals, well I believe they do work. Look what Holden has now with magnetic suspension?
AMC: Talking of Brock, I believe you have a couple of his finest Commodores in your garage?
DP: I’ve had two Brock Commodores for 25 years. A ‘blue pointer’ (VK Group A) and a silver VK SS. I still have all my memorabilia – shirts, jackets plus my 1987 Bathurst suit and helmet and a spare Arai helmet of Brock’s, which Mort gave to me. Brock said; ‘Scallop’ (his nickname for Parsons), have you got the same head size as me?’
It’s worth a lot of money, but it’s worth more to me as a keepsake.