John Farrell's HDT-built Commodore in action at the Adelaide Grand Prix in 1987. Pic: an1images.com / Ian Smith

A GROUP A touring car built by the Holden Dealer Team and campaigned largely in Western Australia in period has come up for auction.

The car was built for John Farrell to replace the Group C-spec Commodore he’d purchased from the HDT – the #25 car that finished second in the 1984 James Hardie 1000 – as part of a deal brokered by Peter Brock to sell the ‘Big Banger’ overseas.

Farrell campaigned the car at Wanneroo in local Street Car category races, Australian Touring Car Championship rounds and in a couple of the touring car support races at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide.

The Farrell Commodore in 2021 as it goes up for auction. Pic: Grays

Brock himself also co-drove the car with Farrell at the 1985 Wanneroo 300 but they failed to finish; a year later Farrell drove the car solo to a second-place finish in the prestigious event.

The car was updated to VL Group A SS specifications during its time with Farrell, and returned to racing in recent years in Heritage Touring Cars events.

According to the item description, the car comes with a current Certificate of Description from Motorsport Australia that allows it to take part in historic race events catering to Group A touring cars, along with correct running gear for the period.

An entire chapter is dedicated to the Holden Dealer Team in our book Racing the Lion: An Illustrated History of Holden in Australian Motorsport.

The 400-page hardcover book pays tribute to the marque’s rich competition history, which spans over seven decades.

It’s now in stock in the V8 Sleuth Bookshop – click HERE to order!

Will Dale is V8 Sleuth's Head of Content - Digital. He began his media career as a breakfast radio newsreader before joining SPEED TV Australia and FOX SPORTS Australia in 2012 as its Digital Editorial Lead - Motorsport, covering all forms of motorsport both in Australia and internationally. He became part of the V8 Sleuth team in 2018.