Back story to Monza crash
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