BETTA BATHURST WINNER HANDED OVER TO NEW HOME

Roland Dane at the handover of the 2006 Bathurst 1000-winning Falcon with Muscle Car Warehouse representative, Phil Grant. Photo: an1images.com / Aaron Noonan

THE 2006 Bathurst 1000-winning Betta Electrical Ford Falcon BA recently sold by Triple Eight Race Engineering has been handed over to its new display home.

Recently purchased by a private collector, the car will be placed on display on behalf of the new owner at Muscle Car Warehouse’s facility in Sydney.

MCW representative Phil Grant was on hand today at today’s handover with outgoing Triple Eight Managing Director Roland Dane.

The car was driven by Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup to win the first Peter Brock Trophy in ’06, the first of three consecutive wins for the combination.

The car is featured on the collector’s limited edition print celebrating Triple Eight’s first eight Bathurst 1000 wins, available here in the V8 Sleuth Online Store.

The deal to sell the car and pass on an important piece of racing history – Triple Eight’s first race-winning V8 Supercar – was first reported by V8 Sleuth in mid-November.

“It’s an important car for us and for the sport and, after many years, we’ve decided to sell the car and we’ve found a good home for it,” Dane said today at Bathurst.

“There’s a lot going on at Triple Eight with expansion plans and it was time to find a new home for it and for people to enjoy it for the years to come.

“The history of motorsport in Australia is all around us, there’s some great cars here (in the Ford Performance display at Bathurst this weekend), some great cars at the (National Motor Racing) Museum and they represent different eras.

“They’ll still be there when the other people like me are all dead, so the cars represent the continuity of the sport.

“We’re very proud of what we’ve done with the car and very proud of the standard it was rebuilt to some years ago by Gary Bailey, who was the number one mechanic on the car when it raced here in 2006, it’s a significant bit of history for Triple Eight and also for the sport.”

Bailey, who also restored the 2012 Bathurst-winning Vodafone Commodore VE II named ‘Kate’ now owned by Jamie Whincup, was present for today’s handover in the paddock at Mount Panorama.

The car is appearing as part of a Ford Performance display of race cars in the paddock at Mount Panorama. Check out a gallery here of what’s on display here.

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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.