Claims to fame
Our feature car has, understandably, lived in the shadow of the two XC Fords that posted the Bathurst 1977 quinella and also the iconic Marlboro-liveried HDT A9X Toranas that Peter Brock and Jim Richards drove to victory on the Mountain in 1978 and ’79. However, it’s important we take stock of its place in Australian racing history: Peter Brock’s first A9X racecar. First Torana A9X to win a race, Sandown’s 1977 Hang Ten 400, in front of a raceday crowd of 41,500. Polesitter at Bathurst in 1977, leading across the top of the mountain on lap one and for the bulk of the first lap. Led large slab of Rothmans 500 in hands of husband and wife combination Fred and Christine Gibson. While the HDT was the factory-supported team, Patterson-Cheney Holden was only one step removed from GM-H’s racing program. The roadgoing A9Xs all spent time at the dealership’s workshop for the fitment of flares, front spoiler and bonnet scoop before being returned to GM-H for delivery to dealers. Early Australian adopter of a window net, an idea Brock brought back from his outings that year with Gerry Marshall in Europe. Survived a warehouse fire that threatened to destroy it. Driven by Will Davison upon its return to Mount Panorama after restoration on the morning of the 2016 Bathurst 1000, a race won by Davison and Jonathon Webb.