Larry’s first VN set for re­turn

Australian Muscle Car - - News - - Dy­lan Gul­son, V8 Sleuth

The rst Perkins En­gi­neer­ing-built Group A VN Com­modore raced in Pro-Duct colours by pri­va­teer Bob Pear­son is set to race again fol­low­ing a com­pre­hen­sive restora­tion by owner Jamie McDon­ald.

The car was de­buted by Pear­son in 1991 and went on to a long life of pri­va­teer rac­ing, hav­ing its last com­pet­i­tive out­ing in the Kon­ica Se­ries (now Dun­lop Su­per2) 18 years ago. Now it’s set to re­turn to the track in the Her­itage Tour­ing Car cat­e­gory for His­toric Group A and C cars. “It’s just out of the paint shop and got the sus­pen­sion in it and now we are do­ing the t-out of the elec­tri­cal and plumb­ing,” McDon­ald told AMC. “We’ve fully re­fur­bished a Perkins slide (in­jec­tion) mo­tor for it and I’m hop­ing to have all the run­ning gear in­stalled some­time in Oc­to­ber.” The car ran at Bathurst in 1991 with Pear­son and co-driver Bruce Ste­wart and com­peted in se­lected events in 1992 be­fore be­ing dam­aged at Eastern Creek. It saw lim­ited us­age in ’93 and was the team’s sec­ond car at Bathurst that year, although it only ever saw prac­tice due to bud­get con­straints.

The car passed through fur­ther pri­va­teer hands be­fore mak­ing its last Bathurst ap­pear­ance with Tim Rowse and Ron Bar­na­cle in 1999.

“I’ve taken it back to 1992 VN trim,” McDon­ald said. “It was raced right up un­til 2000, so I had to re­move all the Su­per­car com­po­nents out of it. It’s go­ing to be 100 per­cent ac­cu­rate when we put it on the track next year.”

Bathurst 1991

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