Larry’s first VN set for return
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.”