John Goss OAM

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John Goss was recog­nised for his ser­vices to mo­tor­sport in this year’s Queen’s Birth­day hon­ours. He was pre­sented with his Or­der of Aus­tralia medal by the Gov­er­nor Gen­eral, Sir Peter Cos­grove, at a special cer­e­mony at Gov­ern­ment House in Yar­ralumla, Can­berra.

As it hap­pens, this was not the rst meet­ing be­tween Goss and the gov­er­nor gen­eral – it turns out that they’d ac­tu­ally met over a beer in a Sydney pub some decades ear­lier!

The gov­er­nor gen­eral even re­called their pre­vi­ous meet­ing when time came for Goss to step up to re­ceive his award.

“He re­mem­bered meet­ing me about 30 years ago in a lit­tle pub near Vic­to­ria Bar­racks in Sydney,” Goss told AMC. “At the time he had just re­turned from ac­tive ser­vice as a ma­jor gen­eral in the army, a young soldier, and I was there with a cou­ple of friends. It was a pub where the se­nior of­fi­cers went.

“I was in­tro­duced to him, and we chat­ted for a while be­cause he had some in­ter­est in mo­tor­sport. I was sur­prised at the cer­e­mony that he re­mem­bered me.”

In the midst of the for­mal, high pro­to­col awards cer­e­mony, the gov­er­nor gen­eral asked Goss about his ’85 Bathurst win, and that it must have been ‘an ex­cit­ing few laps to­wards the end’ with the Jaguar’s bro­ken seat held to­gether with ca­ble ties.

“I cor­rected him and said it was more like about 45 laps!” Goss said, amid much laugh­ter from the as­sem­bled gath­er­ing of fel­low awardees, friends and fam­ily.

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