INSIDE THE BUILD OF GRM’S NEW NATIONS CUP MONARO

Barry and Garry Rogers with the new Holden Monaro 427C. Pic: Australian Muscle Car Magazine / Graeme Neander

LAST year V8 Sleuth broke the news that Garry Rogers Motorsport was embarking on the build of a brand-new Holden Monaro 427C.

The new car graces the cover of the new issue of Australian Muscle Car Magazine, with a full feature on the story behind the Monaro’s build.

AMC Issue 125 spoke with Garry and Barry Rogers as well as key team personnel involved in the build, beginning with the project’s origins.

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“During the periods between lockdowns when we weren’t racing we were looking for things to do, some odd jobs to keep the guys going,” Barry Rogers told AMC.

“So we got into the containers for a clean up. That’s when we discovered all this Monaro gear that we’d sort of forgotten about.”

Long-time GRM engine builder Jeff ‘Gypsy’ Marshall and purchasing officer Les Creely reveal the lengths the team went to in order to ensure the new Monaro stayed faithful to the originals – which included recommissioning an engine that had been sitting in the GRM board room!

Also in AMC Issue 125 are features on Dick Johnson and John French’s triumph in the 1981 Bathurst 1000 – or Bathurst 740? – and a look back at Oran Park’s 1971 Sydney Gold Cup race meeting, an incredible event where the epic deciding round of that year’s Australian Touring Car Championship was just one of the highlights of a remarkable day of racing.

Click HERE to buy Australian Muscle Car Magazine Issue 125.