Perkins Engineering

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Perkins Engineering was a team contesting the Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series, operating as an active racing team between 1986 and 2008.wikipedia
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David Parsons (racing driver)

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With sponsorship from Enzed Fluid Connectors, and extra support from the Giltrap Motor Group from New Zealand, Perkins Engineering debuted a Holden VK Commodore SS Group A at the Castrol 500 at Sandown Raceway with David Parsons co-driving.
David John "Skippy" Parsons (born 17 May 1959 in Devonport, Tasmania ), is a retired Australian racing driver, who while never a full-time racing driver, drove for the biggest racing teams in Australia including the Holden Dealer Team, Perkins Engineering, Glenn Seton Racing and Gibson Motorsport.

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After having been the engineering mastermind behind the hat-trick of Bathurst 1000 victories for the Holden Dealer Team in 1982, 1983 and 1984, Larry Perkins left the team in mid-1985 after disagreements with team boss Peter Brock over the direction of the team. Harvey was not enthused at being the team's third driver after spending eight years as the number two behind Peter Brock at the Holden Dealer Team, and eventually teamed with Kevin Bartlett in a Bob Forbes owned VL Commodore SV.
The association with Perkins Engineering only lasted for one year, though Brock continued to run the ATCC driving in Commodores.

Kelly Racing

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From 2009 onwards, the involvement of Perkins Engineering in the championship was wound back into a supply relationship with the newly formed Kelly Racing.
With a decision by Holden to reduce support for most teams running their Commodore product in the series for 2009, along with the impending economic crisis, Larry Perkins chose to scale back his involvement in the sport through his Perkins Engineering team at the end of 2008.

Larry Perkins

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After having been the engineering mastermind behind the hat-trick of Bathurst 1000 victories for the Holden Dealer Team in 1982, 1983 and 1984, Larry Perkins left the team in mid-1985 after disagreements with team boss Peter Brock over the direction of the team.

1986 James Hardie 1000

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Parsons again co-drove at Bathurst, though the team lost an hour of the race when the cars gearbox was replaced.

1988 Tooheys 1000

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Walkinshaw joined the team for the Tooheys 1000 at Bathurst in a car built by TWR in England and shipped out to Australia.
The HSV team cars had been entered by Perkins Engineering and not by TWR, therefore the Scot had no authority to lodge a protest and the stewards of the meeting erred in allowing it to proceed, though all of the Sierras were eventually cleared by FISA.

Pukekohe 500

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Parsons also co-drove with Perkins at the Wellington 500 in January 1987, before Perkins decided he needed a more experienced co-driver after Parsons crashed the Commodore and Larry teamed with World Champion Denny Hulme to win the Pukekohe 500 at the Pukekohe Park Raceway south of Auckland.

1987 Bob Jane T-Marts 500

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Following a crash on just lap 2 of the 1987 James Hardie 1000 at Bathurst, Perkins was forced to debut his new VL Commodore Group A SS a week later at the Bob Jane T-Marts 500 at Calder Park.

Bob Forbes Racing

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Harvey was not enthused at being the team's third driver after spending eight years as the number two behind Peter Brock at the Holden Dealer Team, and eventually teamed with Kevin Bartlett in a Bob Forbes owned VL Commodore SV.
A partially completed Perkins Engineering Holden Commodore VL shell was purchased, with the team debuting at the 1988 Bathurst 1000 with Kevin Bartlett and John Harvey driving.

Walkinshaw Andretti United

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This was the first team to be known as the Holden Racing Team, albeit still a rebranding of Perkins Engineering.
For 1988 it was decided to contract out the racing programme to Perkins Engineering although a car built by TWR in England was raced by Tom Walkinshaw at the RAC Tourist Trophy and Bathurst 1000.

1988 Australian Touring Car Championship

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The team ran the 1987 HDT VL during the 1988 Australian Touring Car Championship while the evolution car was homologated and prepared for later in the season.
Delays in the building of the new fuel injected Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV also saw to it that the factory Holden challenge, headed by Larry Perkins and his team in the 1987 model 'HDT' VL with backing from Holden Special Vehicles, was almost non-existent.

Denny Hulme

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Parsons also co-drove with Perkins at the Wellington 500 in January 1987, before Perkins decided he needed a more experienced co-driver after Parsons crashed the Commodore and Larry teamed with World Champion Denny Hulme to win the Pukekohe 500 at the Pukekohe Park Raceway south of Auckland.

1987 James Hardie 1000

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Following a crash on just lap 2 of the 1987 James Hardie 1000 at Bathurst, Perkins was forced to debut his new VL Commodore Group A SS a week later at the Bob Jane T-Marts 500 at Calder Park.

1989 Australian Touring Car Championship

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With no sponsor, and limited budget, Perkins Engineering ran one of its 1988 cars in only the Victorian-based races of the 1989 ATCC at Sandown and Winton, and the future did not look bright for the team.
The highest placed Holden driver from 1987 and 1988 championship, Larry Perkins, appeared in only two rounds (Sandown and Winton) with his privately entered Commodore, the same car he had driven at Bathurst the previous year as part of the factory backed Holden Special Vehicles/TWR team.

Lakeside International Raceway

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According to rumours that surfaced in mid-1985, Perkins allegedly found an Energy Polarizer attached to the HDT Commodore that he raced in the Lakeside round of the 1985 Australian Touring Car Championship.

Holden Commodore (VK)

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With sponsorship from Enzed Fluid Connectors, and extra support from the Giltrap Motor Group from New Zealand, Perkins Engineering debuted a Holden VK Commodore SS Group A at the Castrol 500 at Sandown Raceway with David Parsons co-driving. According to rumours that surfaced in mid-1985, Perkins allegedly found an Energy Polarizer attached to the HDT Commodore that he raced in the Lakeside round of the 1985 Australian Touring Car Championship.
Brock's former HDT co-driver Larry Perkins set up Perkins Engineering, which would eventually build customer Commodores for privateers, appeared with his own VK SS Group A in time for the Sandown 500.

1990 Tooheys 1000

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After a good showing at the 1990 Sandown 500, the pair pulled off a third-place finish at Bathurst, after narrowly missing the win after a safety-car mix up when Perkins was help up in pit lane (the win went to the HRT Commodore of Allan Grice and Win Percy).
The race, which was Round 2 of both the 1990 Australian Endurance Championship and the 1990 Australian Manufacturers' Championship, resulted in an upset victory for British driver Win Percy and 1986 Bathurst 1000 winner Allan Grice in a Holden Racing Team entered Holden Commodore over the Dick Johnson Racing Ford Sierra of Jeff Allam and Paul Radisich and the Perkins Engineering Holden Commodore of Larry Perkins and Tomas Mezera.

Win Percy

This third car was originally slated to be driven by John Harvey and Win Percy, however, Percy made other arrangements, teaming up with his Nissan Europe teammate Allan Grice in a Roadways Racing Commodore. Win Percy, Neil Crompton, and Steve Harrington joined Perkins in the team for the 1989 .05 - 500 at Sandown, however Harrington was replaced by 1988 Bathurst winner Tomas Mezera for the Tooheys 1000.
In 1989, he contested the Australian endurance races with Perkins Engineering under the Holden Racing Team name.

Tomas Mezera

Win Percy, Neil Crompton, and Steve Harrington joined Perkins in the team for the 1989 .05 - 500 at Sandown, however Harrington was replaced by 1988 Bathurst winner Tomas Mezera for the Tooheys 1000.
He then returned to Europe to continue his pursuit of racing professionally overseas, returning to Australia for the endurance season, racing for Perkins Engineering from 1989 until 1991.

Tom Walkinshaw

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Hahne, who in 1988 had been driving a Ford Sierra for Walter Wolf Racing in the European Touring Car Championship and the German DTM series, was a late replacement for Tom Walkinshaw, who was unable to drive as scheduled due to the death of his father.
Following a messy lead up to the race, which included Walkinshaw illegally protesting the five leading Australian built Sierras, Walkinshaw and Allam qualified in 13th place (slower than the Perkins Engineering built team car), and was the second retirement after just 5 laps with rear suspension failure.

Holden Dealer Team

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After having been the engineering mastermind behind the hat-trick of Bathurst 1000 victories for the Holden Dealer Team in 1982, 1983 and 1984, Larry Perkins left the team in mid-1985 after disagreements with team boss Peter Brock over the direction of the team. Harvey was not enthused at being the team's third driver after spending eight years as the number two behind Peter Brock at the Holden Dealer Team, and eventually teamed with Kevin Bartlett in a Bob Forbes owned VL Commodore SV.
At the end of 1990, Brock concluded a deal that would see him close his team and take his sponsorship to Perkins Engineering to race a Holden VN Commodore SS Group A SV.

Moorabbin, Victoria

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Perkins then established Perkins Engineering out of a small factory in Roberna Street in the Melbourne suburb of Moorabbin commencing operations in early 1986.
The former Australian Touring Car Championship team Perkins Engineering was based at Moorabbin Airport.

1989 Tooheys 1000

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Win Percy, Neil Crompton, and Steve Harrington joined Perkins in the team for the 1989 .05 - 500 at Sandown, however Harrington was replaced by 1988 Bathurst winner Tomas Mezera for the Tooheys 1000.
The fastest Holden was the #16 Holden Racing Team VL Commodore SS Group A SV of Larry Perkins and defending race winner Tomas Mezera in 11th with a 2:19.11 set by Perkins, missing out by only 0.01 seconds to Bagnall's Sierra.

Holden Commodore (VL)

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He was also the only driver to finish each round of the ATCC and generally out-performed both Brock and Allan Grice who were driving the newer model VL Commodore Group A SS.
After dumping the HDT, Holden formed the Holden Motor Sports Group in late February 1987 and signed Roadways Racing (Allan Grice) and Perkins Engineering (Larry Perkins) as their factory backed teams for the year, with both Grice and Perkins Commodore's wearing Holden Motorsport logo's, though both Perkins and Grice claim that the support was almost in name only and they received no financial assistance from Holden.

1990 Nissan Sydney 500

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The pair picked up a win a few weeks later at the newly opened Eastern Creek Raceway in the 1990 Nissan Sydney 500.