Pri­va­teers: Peter Gaz­zard

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As a devo­tee of AMC from day one with all 88 is­sues in my li­brary, I have been pre­pared to for­give the oc­ca­sional ty­po­graph­i­cal or even the rare fac­tual er­ror.

How­ever, and I must ad­mit to feel­ing I am fight­ing a los­ing bat­tle, hav­ing writ­ten a sim­i­lar let­ter back in 1997 to a now-de­funct sis­ter publi­ca­tion, when I did have a con­nec­tion with Peter Gaz­zard, a con­nec­tion that no longer ex­ists. So I must dis­pute the se­lec­tion of Mal­colm Sten­niken in the Top 25 Bathurst Pri­va­teers as de­tailed in is­sue 88 of AMC.

As in my pre­vi­ous cor­re­spon­dence, it is not the in­ten­tion to deny the ef­forts of Mr Sten­niken as car owner, team or­gan­iser and driver. How­ever, how he alone can be nom­i­nated as win­ner of the 1997 Bathurst Pri­va­teers Cup is be­yond com­pre­hen­sion.

From the in­for­ma­tion I have (Chevron’s V8 Bathurst #1 book), it was Peter who drove 87 of the car’s 154 race laps and brought the car home after hav­ing caught and passed the class leader dur­ing his last stint. Surely some­one who had only one drive a year, had driven eight Bathursts with­out in­ci­dent and in 1997 had to over­come the dis­ap­point­ment of hav­ing been ‘dropped’ by his pre­vi­ous team for the lure of more spon­sor­ship money [note the Scott’s of Mount Gam­bier on the 1997 #14, some­thing Peter ob­vi­ously contributed] de­serves, at a min­i­mum equal recog­ni­tion of sev­enth out­right on the Moun­tain and win­ner of the 1997 Pri­va­teers Cup.

Ap­pre­ci­at­ing that your ar­ti­cle is prob­a­bly in­tended to highlight the ef­forts of the en­trant/team owner and again em­pha­sis­ing it is not the in­ten­tion to dis­re­spect Mr Sten­niken’s ob­vi­ous abil­i­ties and recog­nis­ing the ar­ti­cle does not make men­tion of any other co-driv­ers other than those with a higher pro­file, I do be­lieve there is a se­ri­ous flaw in this ar­ti­cle.

Ir­re­spec­tive of your lack of recog­ni­tion of Peter’s ef­fort I shall con­tinue to ex­pand my col­lec­tion of AMC and in par­tic­u­lar fer­vently hope you fol­low the sug­ges­tion of a re­cent con­trib­u­tor who re­quested an in depth ar­ti­cle on Mark Larkham’s 1995 Fal­con, a truly amaz­ing car and, in keep­ing with my masochis­tic ten­dency a more than favourite team owner/driver.

Dene Tucker Email

ED: Dene, it’s great to see such pas­sion for the humble pri­va­teer. It was a mis­take on AMC’s be­half not to squeeze Peter Gaz­zard’s name into the small piece. It ended up on the cut­ting room floor due to the sub-com­pact (ie 25 x 60 words) na­ture of the Top 25 list. En­trant Sten­niken was re­ally only in­cluded on the ba­sis of jag­ging one top re­sult and then, un­like so many oth­ers, be­ing clever enough to know he was un­likely to im­prove upon it given the cat­e­gory was rapidly head­ing to­wards pro­fes­sion­al­ism. Our Top 25 lists are light and fluffy in­fo­tain­ment and not meant to the defini­tive word on the topic.

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