Bathurst 1977 winning co-driver Jacky Ickx has only been back to Australia a couple of times since playing his part in arguably the Great Race’s most famous victory. So to hear this endurance racing legend’s recollections we had to catch-up with him, fittingly, at Le Mans.
What would an Allan Moffat scrapbook be without correspondence from CAMS? During his career Moffat was a famous – and frequent – critic of the controlling body. And in some instances, he proved an agent of change – for the better. For example, it was Moffat’s savage condemnation of CAMS for refusing to allow dry break refuelling (this came to a head after the 1978 Bathurst pitlane fire – see the George Smith Muscle Man feature elsewhere in this issue) which forced a rethink on this important safety item. Of course, there were also times when Moffat found himself in direct confrontation with CAMS. Here is a letter from CAMS, dated May 17, 1977, summoning Moffat to appear before a CAMS Tribunal to answer charges that he breached of NCR 159 (ii) in that he had ‘presented and competed in’ a car at Sandown which did not comply with Group C regulations. After much argy-bargy and hand ringing from all parties involved, the CAMS Tribunal concluded that “Mr Moffat had made every effort to comply with the spirit of the rules, the points in question being matters of interpretation.” Case dismissed!