AMC: The ’81 Bathurst crash wasn’t only damaging to your car and nances, was it?
BM: No, I damaged one inner ear, so my inner ears are no longer aligned. That leads to motion sickness and bad migraines. Bathurst was particularly tough because of the circuit’s elevation changes and sweeps. The shorter races weren’t a problem.
AMC: Indeed, you won at Oran Park in ’84, your last ever ATCC race, which is notable in itself…
BM: We won four or ve races at Amaroo that year. And I won the only touring car championship race I did that year, at Oran Park in the State Bank-sponsored RX7. Then the guy who owned the car had it repossessed.
AMC: How old were you when you hung up the helmet?
AMC: Did you feel you had un nished business?
BM: No, I didn’t feel I had un nished business. I had achieved the two things I had set out to achieve; a Bathurst win and an ATCC, so I didn’t have any regrets. Peter (Brock) said to me, only a couple of years before he died, that he admired the way that I stopped and walked away from racing. He could never do that. He couldn’t give it away. I must admit to having withdrawal symptoms for a couple of years after I stopped, because you keep watching the racing and you think, I can drive rings around this guy or that guy. I made a conscious decision I was going to retire on top; I won my last ever ATCC race. I had some good offers to go back – for lots of money – but I’d made my decision to retire.
AMC: What do you consider your greatest achievement?
BM: Winning the ’79 ATCC was a big achievement, as it was over a series of races rather than a one-off lucky uke. We raced the factory with their best car, best driver and best tyres. They had Bridgestone tyres specially made for each circuit, where as we had over-the-counter Dunlop tyres. And we beat them.
Victory in his last ATCC drive at Oran Park, 1984 in this Mazda RX7 was a fitting end to a brilliant career.