This beautifully restored car won the 1974 Hardie-Ferodo 1000 in the hands of two of Australia’s topline drivers, John Goss and Kevin Bartlett. Bartlett a dual Gold Star winner, and Goss a winner of the Australian Grand Prix, proved that privately entered cars could mix it with the best, and even triumph.
The front row of the grid was made up of the two Holden Dealer Team (HDT) cars driven by Peter Brock and Colin Bond, with this car just behind alongside another famous combination of Bob Jane and Frank Gardner. In an incident packed race, and one of the wettest on record, Bond was ‘black flagged’ for spilling oil on the track, and with six laps in the lead, Peter Brock’s engine failed.
In one of the greatest endurance performances in the history of the race, Goss drove his allowed three and a half hour stint in atrocious and dangerous conditions. Goss pitted, nearing exhaustion, and handed over to Bartlett. The race leader, Bob Forbes, driving a Holden Torana LH SLR was just five seconds in the lead.
When Forbes pitted, Bartlett in the XA Falcon GT swept to the lead and in a consummate example of wet weather driving, stayed in front till the end.
Many of the original race team members assisted in restoring this historic car.
Kindly loaned to the Museum by owner John Goss.