In 2002, a new endurance race was run at Mount Panorama—the Bathurst 24-hour. Organised by PROCAR Australia, the race was open to competitors in the Nations Cup series, a predecessor to today’s Australian GT Championship.
Controversially, the organisers allowed a race-prepared 7.0 litre version of the new Holden Monaro to be entered in the race, and the car would go on to record a dominant victory in the hands of Garth Tander, Steven Richards, Cameron McConville and Nathan Pretty.
For the 2003 edition of the race, Garry Rogers Motorsport would prepare a second Monaro 427 for the race, with the second car crewed by Peter Brock, Greg Murphy, Jason Bright and Todd Kelly. Although the race would attract a number of international teams from the FIA N-GT class, as well as domestic Nations Cup competitors, the two Monaros would record another dominant victory, finishing 1-2, 12 laps ahead of the third-placed Porsche 911 GT3 RS. But with a ‘10th’ endurance victory at Bathurst for Peter Brock, the Holden faithful celebrated this triumph in what would turn out to be the final 24-hour race at Mount Panorama.
This car is the 2003 Bathurst 24 Hour winner, completing a remarkable 527 laps, or 3274 km, during the race after starting from 2nd position on the grid.