"The 100mph Car"
In 1981 Dick Johnson and John French had temporarily ended the Holden domination of the Great Race with a close win over Bob Morris, and a two lap advantage over the first Holden, a VC Commodore driven by Garry Rogers and Clive Benson-Browne. However 1982 saw the Commodores come back stronger than ever with the Holden Dealer Team well represented by Peter Brock and Larry Perkins and, John Harvey and Gary Scott.
This car, driven by Bathurst regular Allan Grice and also Alan Browne (in the RECAR livery), was the fastest in practice, doing 2minutes 17.5 seconds and thus becoming the first touring car to break the old 100mph lap (Kevin Bartlett had been the first to do it, but in a racing car). From pole position Grice led the race for the first 11 laps, but a spin on Murray's Corner, the
result of an uneven brake pedal (and considerable pressure from Brock), saw the car slip back. However Grice and Browne recovered to lead home the field, except for the awesome combination of Brock and Perkins, who incidentally went on to win a trifecta on the Mount Panorama circuit.
Grice finally had a change of fortune in 1986, winning the Great Race in the Chickadee Commodore. This car competed in 1983 in the distinctive STP livery and finally in 1984 in the livery you see, when Grice and Steve Harrington teamed up but unfortunately only lasted 7 laps before the car went out with gearbox problems.
Kindly loaned to the National Motor Racing Museum by owner Willie Van Wersch