The build up to the 1976 Hardie-Ferodo 1000 was quite incredible. The main reason being that three times World Formula One champion, Sir Jack Brabham and the greatest driver never to win a World Championship, Sir Stirling Moss, were to be teamed together in The Great Race. The fact that they were able to get into the top ten only added to the hype.
However, on the Sunday, the competitive race of these two giants of International motor racing was to end on the starting grid. When the flag fell their Torana was locked in gear and was rear-ended by the Dellaca/Wade Triumph Dolomite Sprint. The car was taken into the garage to try to rejoin the race.
Because it had taken so long to repair, the Torana by rights, should not have been allowed to restart. However, the ARDC relented, being aware that a large number of the 37,000 spectators in attendance had come along to see their heroes in action, not in the pits.
At the conclusion of the race the car had only completed 37 laps.
The race was won by Bob Morris/John Fitzpatrick in their Holden LH Torana L34, also in dramatic circumstances. This car is also on display in the Museum.
The car has been kindly loaned to the Museum by owner Tim O’Brien.