Mark Skaife's most recent serious race was at the 2017 Bathurst 12 Hour. Pic: Supplied / BMW

FOR Mark Skaife’s return visit to the V8 Sleuth Podcast powered by Timken, we saved the toughest question for last: has he retired from racing?

The five-time Supercars champion and six-time Bathurst 1000 winner drove his last Supercars race at Mount Panorama in 2011, where he narrowly missed out on securing a seventh ‘Great Race’ victory to his tally.

He has made only a handful of serious appearances behind the wheel in the years since, including a guest Porsche Carrera Cup appearance at Albert Park in 2012 and his drive of a BMW M6 in the Bathurst 12 Hour in 2017.

Pic: an1images.com / Dirk Klynsmith

Skaife openly answers the question at the end of a podcast that covers a very diverse range of topics off the back of the release of his new book Mark Skaife: The Complete Illustrated Autobiography, available now for purchase in the V8 Sleuth Bookshop.

Just some of the stories told include driving a genuine Jordan Formula 1 car around a car park, the time he was supposed to race Michael Schumacher when they were karting juniors, when he battled Mario Andretti throughout a stint at the Le Mans 24 Hours, and the time he had a bit of explaining to do after shunting a company-owned Nissan road car…

Listen to the full episode in the player below.

V8 Sleuth strives to both preserve and celebrate Australian motorsport’s rich history, from tracking and tracing the race-by-race histories and changing ownership of individual cars, to capturing and retelling the stories of the people who made our sport what it is today.