Back story to Monza crash

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle Maniac -

Un­til we read the new CAMS – The Of­fi­cial Of­fi­cial His­tory book, cel­e­brat­ing 60 years of the gov­ern­ing body, we had no idea the in­fa­mous 1983 Brock Monza start­line crash cost the cir­cuit man­ager his job.

Ade­laide In­ter­na­tional Race­way chief Ge­off Sykes con­vinced cir­cuit owner Bob Jane to pro­vide his mas­sive-winged Chev Monza for Peter Brock to drive at the track’s 1983 Aus­tralian GT Cham­pi­onship round. It’s part of lo­cal rac­ing folk­lore that the Monza broke a drive­shaft off the start­line and chaos en­sued.

“He put it on pole in a big field of cars,” Sykes ex­plains in the new book. “When the flag dropped Brock shot into the lead - but only for a few me­tres. Then the car turned hard left across the front of the field col­lect­ing 12 cars. It’s drive shaft had bro­ken. Bob sacked me that night,” the long-time CAMS of­fi­cial says.

This is just one of the 500-page tome’s thou­sands of fas­ci­nat­ing fac­toids. It’s the hand­i­work of long­time mo­tor­sport­ing iden­ti­ties John Smailes and Ray Berghouse, plus the de­sign tal­ents of AMC’s ’s art direc­tor Chris Cur­rie, the un­sung hero of this mag­a­zine.

An or­der form is avail­able from cams.com.au

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