Larry Perkins at the wheel of his 1994 Bathurst Commodore. Spot the ACL sticker near the front wheel. ACL has become involved in the massive book project being published by V8 Sleuth covering the history of all of the Perkins Engineering team cars. Photo: / Graeme Neander.

ACL Bearing Company (Australia) Pty Ltd is the latest industry-leading organisation to become a valued partner of the new collector’s edition book documenting the history of every Perkins Engineering-built Commodore race car from 1986 to 2008.

Available now here for pre-order, the 432-page book will be limited to just 2500 copies, and will no doubt sell out once released later in the year.

ACL has a long history of over 70 years of producing precision engine bearings in Launceston in Tasmania.

Larry Perkins is a six-time Bathurst 1000 winner – he’ll be signing every copy of the Perkins Engineering car history book. Photo: Supplied.

It has been a major OEM supplier to the Australian and international automotive industry and today produces one of the largest aftermarket range of engine bearings with a global reputation for robust metallurgy, quality, precision, innovation, and performance.

ACL has a long and rich history in motorsport, particularly with Perkins Engineering. The Larry Perkins-owned and run team used ACL bearings in its touring car and V8 Supercars engines for many years and both Larry and the team’s various Commodores carried prominent ACL branding.

That backing of the Perkins team carried on with the squad that morphed out of it, Kelly Racing, and that is now into its 13th year with the team now known as Kelly Grove Racing.

Of course, ACL’s pedigree in the sport extends back to the 1960s and its manufacturing of engine bearings for use in the World Championship-winning Brabham-Repco Formula 1 cars of Sir Jack Brabham and Denny Hulme.

Chris Brooks, General Manager of ACL Bearing Company (Australia) Pty Ltd, says that the opportunity to celebrate ACL’s history with Perkins Engineering in the new collector’s book was an easy decision.

“Larry is an icon of Australian motorsport and we worked very closely with he and his team for many years in developing the bearings that won plenty of races, including multiple Bathurst 1000s,” he says.

“ACL also worked closely with Larry providing a number of specialised parts for the V6 Formula Holden engines his business built for the home-grown open wheeler series in the early 1990s.

“ACL and Larry share so many things in common. We’re both proudly Australian and innovation and advancement push us to continually find improvement and perform at high levels.

“We’re really thrilled to be involved in this very special, limited number publication that will hold a special place in the collections of race fans around the country.”

The new book, ‘Perkins Engineering, The Cars 1986-2008’ will be launched at the National Motor Racing Museum at Mount Panorama during race week of this October’s Repco Bathurst 1000.

With over 20 years in the Australian motorsport industry, Noonan is the head of V8 Sleuth. He’s held a range of roles including working in television with Seven and Ten, print media and public relations. With a specialty in Australian motorsport history, he’s known around racing paddocks as ’the Sleuth’ and started his motorsport media career in 1997.