Com­modore Be­dev­iled

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Peter Brock’s 1981 Bathurst Com­modore is sadly no more. It could have made for a very dif­fer­ent Brock win­ning streak had it been suc­cess­ful 36 years ago. In­stead it had a devil of a time on and off the track.

Peter Brock Holden Dealer Team Bathurst Com­modore race­cars are un­doubt­edly pieces of Aus­tralian mo­tor­sport his­tory. Whether it’s the two-time win­ning car that car­ried him home in the 1982 and 1983 James Hardie 1000s, or the pair of amaz­ing day-glo Big Bangers that ran 1-2 across the line to­gether a year later, the terms ‘Brock’, ‘HDT’ and ‘Com­modore’ paired to­gether in­stantly put these cars in the spot­light – and rightly so. Yet there’s one Com­modore that he took to Bathurst in the Group C era that rarely gets men­tioned, seem­ingly over­looked and for­got­ten by his­tory, likely due to its lack of a Bathurst win. Maybe it’s the fact it’s one of very few Brock Bathurst race­cars that no longer ex­ists that has con­signed this third-built HDT Com­modore race­car to be­ing ab­sent from the lists of all-time clas­sic Brock mus­cle. It’s the ‘Devil Com­modore’ that, had it achieved the ul­ti­mate suc­cess at Mount Panorama in 1981, would have linked to­gether two sep­a­rate Brock streaks of three wins in a row in the race and given The King a whop­ping seven straight wins in the Moun­tain clas­sic.

Aus­tralian Mus­cle Car mag­a­zine prides it­self on stop­ping to con­sider the things oth­ers have not, and that’s ex­actly the case with the third-built HDT Com­modore Group C car. Per­haps Marl­boro’s pre-Bathurst 1981 ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paign theme of ‘Brock’s racing like the Devil at Bathurst’ (see break­out) was ul­ti­mately a bad omen!

Af­ter all, this chas­sis won its first two races, then didn’t win much at all once the tele­vi­sion ad­ver­tise­ments hit the screen...

The 1981 Peter Brock/Jim Richards Bathurst VC Com­modore came on stream af­ter the team owner/driver had en­gaged in a mas­sive fight all

Main: Work of the devil? Brock’s only un­suc­cess­ful Bathurst as­sault be­tween 1978 and 1984 was 1981. This is the story of that year’s #05 Com­modore.

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