MUSEUM EXHIBITION TO CELEBRATE LARRY PERKINS’ CAREER

The National Motor Racing Museum at Mount Panorama is hosting a special exhibition paying tribute to Larry Perkins. Pic: an1images.com / Graeme Neander

THE latest special exhibition at the National Motor Racing Museum at Mount Panorama will pay tribute to Larry Perkins.

Titled Engineered Outcomes – The Larry Perkins Story, the museum is gathering a selection of cars from across Perkins’ career along with some treasures from his personal memorabilia collection.

Three of the five cars that contributed to Perkins’ six Bathurst 1000 wins have already been confirmed for the display, beginning with the ‘Last of the Big Bangers’ Holden Dealer Team VK Commodore that is part of the museum’s permanent collection.

Joining the 1984 winner are the 1995-winning ‘Last to First’ VR Commodore – along with the front-guard from that event, still complete with damage and tyre marks from the puncture sustained on the opening lap of the race – and the 1997-winning VS Commodore.

Also on hand will be a Ford that Perkins campaigned in the ‘Great Race’ with the presence of the Dick Johnson Mustang which he qualified in Hardie’s Heroes for the 1985 event.

Perkins’ final Bathurst 1000 car, a Holden Commodore VY recently restored by Perkins Engineering, will also form part of the display.

The Holden Commodore VR driven to victory in the 1995 Bathurst 1000 by Perkins and Russell Ingall will form part of the exhibition. Pic: an1images.com / Dirk Klynsmith

The Perkins exhibition follows on the heels of the museum’s successful displays in honour of Dick Johnson, Craig Lowndes, Peter Williamson and the Bathurst 12 Hour.

Engineered Outcomes – The Larry Perkins Story will officially open on Monday 29 November in time for race week for the 2021 Repco Bathurst 1000, and run through to Easter in 2022.

The National Motor Racing Museum’s opening hours will also receive a tweak for race week; the venue is normally open six days a week and is closed on Tuesdays, but it will remain open throughout the entire event.

The museum will also host V8 Sleuth’s popular ‘Open Night’ on the Thursday of race week, which this year features Jack Perkins and Steve Richards.

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National Motor Racing Museum opening hours during Repco Bathurst 1000 race week:

Sat 27 Nov – 0900-1645

Sun 28 Nov – 0900-1645

Mon 29 Nov – 0900-1700

Tues 30 Nov – 0900-1700

Wed 1 Dec – 0830-1700

Thurs 2 Dec – 0830 -1730

Fri 3 Dec – 0800-1800

Sat 4 Dec – 0800-1800

Sun 5 Dec – 0800-1630

Mon 6 Dec – 0800 -1630

All times AEDT.

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.