A report on 1978 Hardie-Ferodo 1000

Layout of the Mount Panorama Circuit (1938-1986)
Peter Brock and Jim Richards replica of the 1979 race winning Holden LX Torana SS A9X on display at the 2009 Historic Sandown
The Allan Grice/John Leffler Holden LX Torana SS A9X which placed second in race. The car is pictured in 2015.
Harris/Clark Toyota Celica

The 19th running of the Bathurst 1000 touring car race.

- 1978 Hardie-Ferodo 1000
Layout of the Mount Panorama Circuit (1938-1986)

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The first corner at Mount Panorama, known as Hell Corner.

Bathurst 1000

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1000 km touring car race held annually on the Mount Panorama Circuit in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia.

1000 km touring car race held annually on the Mount Panorama Circuit in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia.

The first corner at Mount Panorama, known as Hell Corner.
The Austin Lancer of Brian Foley and Alan Edney during the 1960 race.
The Ford Cortina GT in which Bob Jane and Harry Firth won the 1963 race.
The Ford XT Falcon GT of Barry Seton and Fred Gibson overtakes the Datsun 1000 of Bill Evans and John Colwell during the 1968 race.
The Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 in which Bob Morris and John Fitzpatrick won the 1976 race.
A replica of the Jaguar XJ-S in which John Goss and Armin Hahne won the 1985 race.
The Nissan Skyline GT-R in which Jim Richards and Mark Skaife won the 1991 race.
The Ford BA Falcon of Marcos Ambrose and Warren Luff leads a train of cars during the 2005 race.
The Ford FG Falcon in which Chaz Mostert and Paul Morris won the 2014 race.
Scott McLaughlin and Alexandre Prémat (foreground) won the 2019 Bathurst 1000 while team-mates Fabian Coulthard and Tony D'Alberto (background) were relegated to last place after a rules breach.

Holden's 308 cubic inch V8-powered Toranas scored Bathurst victories in 1975, 1976, 1978 and 1979 in L34 and A9X configuration.

Peter Brock in August 2006

Peter Brock

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Australian motor racing driver.

Australian motor racing driver.

Peter Brock in August 2006
Brock at Symmons Plains 1982
Brock's Bathurst winning Torana
Peter Brock racing at Wanneroo Park in 1985 in a Holden Commodore VK
Peter Brock's Daytona Sportscar - the day before the accident.
Peter Brock in the Daytona Coupe racing in Targa Tasmania 2006
The Peter Brock Memorial at the National Motor Racing Museum in Bathurst.

Brock had tried to set the lap record on the final lap of the 1978 race, but he was inadvertently baulked by the Alfa Romeo of Ray Gulson through The Dipper.

Richards in 2011

Jim Richards (racing driver)

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New Zealand racing driver who won numerous championships in his home country and in Australia.

New Zealand racing driver who won numerous championships in his home country and in Australia.

Richards in 2011
Richards drove a BMW 635 CSi in the Group C Touring Car category from 1982 to 1984
Jim Richards and Barry Oliver competing in the 2005 Targa Tasmania
Richards won the 2010 Touring Car Masters at the wheels of a 1964 Ford Falcon Sprint
Richards placed second in the 2012 Touring Car Masters with an AMC Javelin AMX

Upon returning home to Melbourne, Brock suggested Richards for the job of his co-driver for that years Hardie-Ferodo 1000 at Bathurst.

Allan-Chris Grice at Amaroo Park Raceway

Allan Grice

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Australian former racing driver and politician, most famous for twice winning the prestigious Bathurst 1000 (1986 and 1990), and as a privateer driver of a Holden in the Australian Touring Car Championship.

Australian former racing driver and politician, most famous for twice winning the prestigious Bathurst 1000 (1986 and 1990), and as a privateer driver of a Holden in the Australian Touring Car Championship.

Allan-Chris Grice at Amaroo Park Raceway
The winning Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV from the 1990 Tooheys 1000
Grice drove a Holden LX Torana SS A9X for Craven Mild Racing from 1977 to 1980. (Car pictured in 2015)

Grice had seven podium finishes at Bathurst: two wins (1986 and 1990), four seconds (1978, 1982, 1991, 1995), and a third (1983).

Holden Dealer Team

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Holden's semi-official racing team from 1969 until 1986, primarily contesting Australian Touring Car events but also rallying, rallycross and sports sedans during the 1970s.

Holden's semi-official racing team from 1969 until 1986, primarily contesting Australian Touring Car events but also rallying, rallycross and sports sedans during the 1970s.

Replica of the 1976 Bathurst HDT Bond/Harvey Torana L34
The LH Torana Sports Sedan, pictured in 2015.
The 1979 Bathurst 1000 winning Torana
Brock at Symmons Plains 1982
The 1984 Bathurst 1000 winning Brock/Perkins Holden VK Commodore
Holden VL Commodore as raced in 1987
1980 VC Commodore HDT sedan in Firethorn Red.
A slightly modified 1982 VH Commodore SS Group 3 sedan in Maranello Red.
A slightly modified 1985 VK Commodore SS Group A sedan in Formula Blue. This model is nicknamed Blue Meanie by enthusiasts.
A 5.6L 1987 HDT Director in Maranello Red. The launch of this car in 1987, based on the VL Commodore, saw Holden sever ties with the HDT.
A HDT VC Retro ute.
2008 HDT VE SS Group III – VH Retro sedan

It was a wise decision by Sheppard for Brock dominated the season, becoming the first driver to win the 'triple crown' of the Touring Car Championship, the Hang Ten 400 at Sandown and the Hardie-Ferodo 1000 (with Jim Richards) at Bathurst.

Holden Torana (LC) Deluxe 1200 4-door

Holden Torana

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Mid-sized car that was manufactured by Holden from 1967 to 1980.

Mid-sized car that was manufactured by Holden from 1967 to 1980.

Holden Torana (LC) Deluxe 1200 4-door
Holden LH Torana G-Pak
Holden Torana (HB) S 2-door
Holden LH Torana G-Pak
Holden Torana (LX) SLR 5000 A9X Sedan
Holden Sunbird (UC) sedan
Holden Torana (UC) SL sedan
Holden Torana (UC) sedan
Holden Torana (UC) SL hatchback
Holden LC Torana Deluxe 1200 4-door
Holden LJ Torana 6 S 4-door
Holden LC Torana SL four-cylinder 2-door
Holden LX Torana S Sedan
Holden LC Torana S 2600 4-door
Holden LC Torana GTR
Holden LC Torana GTR XU-1
Holden LJ Torana 4 2-door
Holden Torana (UC) sedan
Holden LJ Torana 6 S 2-door
Holden LJ Torana 6 S 4-door
Holden LJ Torana GTR
Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1
Saehan Caravan ambulance
Holden LH Torana SL (Indonesia)
Holden LH Torana SL (Australia)
Holden LH Torana SL/R 3.3
Holden LH Torana SL/R 4.2
Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 with L34 option
Holden LX Sunbird Sedan
Holden LX Torana S Sedan
Holden LX Torana SL Hatchback
Holden LX Torana SL/R 5000 with A9X option
Holden LX Torana SS with A9X option
Holden TT36 Torana.
The TT36's clear roof.

Drivers Peter Brock and Bob Morris were victorious in the 1978 and 1979 Australian Touring Car Championships, respectively, and A9Xs shared by Peter Brock and Jim Richards won the 1978 and 1979 Bathurst 1000s.

Murray Carter

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Australian racing driver.

Australian racing driver.

The other major result of this period was a third placing at the 1978 Bathurst 1000 with New Zealand open-wheel ace Graeme Lawrence as co-driver.

Leffler won the 1973 TAA Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series driving a Bowin P4a and a Bowin P6F (pictured)

John Leffler

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Former Australian racing driver.

Former Australian racing driver.

Leffler won the 1973 TAA Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series driving a Bowin P4a and a Bowin P6F (pictured)
Leffler, pictured on the right with Allan Grice, in 1978
Bowin P8, driven by John Leffler

He co-drove with Bob Morris at the 1974 Sandown 250 finishing second in a Ron Hodgson Motors Holden Torana GTR XU-1 and at the 1978 Bathurst 1000 he came second with Allan Grice in a Craven Mild Racing Holden LX Torana SS A9X Hatchback.

Layout of the Mount Panorama Circuit

1993 Tooheys 1000

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The 34th running of the Bathurst 1000 touring car race.

The 34th running of the Bathurst 1000 touring car race.

Layout of the Mount Panorama Circuit
The Gregg Easton / Kurt Kratzmann Toyota Sprinter did not finish the race.

* David Brabham became the first second generation driver to compete in the runoff, emulating his triple Formula One World Championship winning father Jack who drove in the inaugural Top 10 runoff in 1978.