John Goss campaigned a Jaguar throughout most of the 1980s. This original racing car from the early eighties has been faithfully restored by Goss as a replica of his 1985 James Hardie 1000 winning car. Goss with his co-driver, German ace Armin Hahne, won the race.
Seeing the potential of the sophisticated Jaguar V12 for endurance racing, as well as the marque’s incredible success at all forms of motor racing, Goss set about developing the car for Australian conditions. In the first few years he was joined by co-drivers Ron Gillard, Barry "Bo" Seton (himself a previous Bathurst winner) and American circuit racer of note, Bob Tullius. Reliability was elusive but there was no doubt that the car had pace. In 1984 Goss was joined by Scot and Tom Walkinshaw, in a rather eventful race. At the start of the race, the clutch on the Jaguar disintegrated and Walkinshaw was slammed from behind, causing chaos and necessitating a restart. The race was ultimately won by Peter Brock in the VK Commodore which is on display in the Museum.
In 1985 Walkinshaw returned to the Mountain, the scene of his ill fortune the previous year, as top driver and team manager of a three car attack on the Great Race by Jaguar Rover Australia. The cars, all factory prepared from the UK, were to be driven by Walkinshaw and Win Percy, Jeff Allam and Ron Dickson plus Goss and Armin Hahne. Goss and Hahne went on to win the race from Ceccotto/Ravaglia in a BMW.
John Goss was one of the most successful drivers this country has produced, having won the Great Race twice in a Falcon XA GT and the Jaguar XJ-S, and also winning the Australian Grand Prix in a Matich – Repco A53 Formula 5000. In fact he is the only driver to have won both of these races. He also successfully drove a "big banger" sports/racing car, the Tornado. Originally from Tasmania, Goss has had a very successful career and still takes cars out for demonstration laps at selected events.
This car has been kindly loaned to the National Motor Racing Museum by owner John Goss