The 1995 and '97 Bathurst-winning Perkins cars during their time together in the National Motor Racing Museum. Pic:

THE National Motor Racing Museum at Mount Panorama, Bathurst, has become the presenting partner of the soon-to-be-released book documenting the history of all of Perkins Engineering’s Commodore race cars.

Published by V8 Sleuth in partnership with Larry and Jack Perkins, the book, ‘Perkins Engineering: The Cars, 1986-2008’ coincides with the 35th anniversary of the creation of the Perkins team and follows V8 Sleuth’s sold-out books covering the cars built by the Holden Racing Team (2017) and Dick Johnson Racing (2020).

The NMRM and V8 Sleuth have a long and successful relationship and this has now extended into the Perkins book project, which is available to pre-order here online.

The NMRM, which is open six days a week and is the home of Australian motorsport history, is located at the bottom of Conrod Straight and will become the presenting partner of the limited edition collector’s book.

Its logo will feature on the front cover of every copy of the book and the Museum will also host the launch of the new book during the week of this year’s Repco Bathurst 1000 in October.

The start of the 1993 Tooheys 1000 at Bathurst – Larry Perkins bolts away from the field. Photo: / Graeme Neander.

Copies of the limited edition book will be available for sale in the Museum’s giftshop later in the year once the publication is released.

The National Motor Racing Museum is home to a range of interesting elements of Perkins racing history.

The 1995 Castrol Commodore VR that Perkins and Russell Ingall drove to victory in that year’s Bathurst 1000 is on display, as is the 1984 ‘Big Banger’ HDT Commodore VK that Perkins and the late Peter Brock drove to victory in that year’s Bathurst classic. It has had a permanent home at the NMRM ever since it was donated in the 1980s.

Perkins won the Bathurst 1000 six times – in 1982, 1983 and 1984 with the Holden Dealer Team and in 1993, 1995 and 1997 with his own Castrol-sponsored team.

The former Formula 1 driver finished on the podium in the Bathurst 1000 on 12 occasions and made his last start in ‘The Great Race’ in 2003.

Follow the National Motor Racing Museum’s Facebook page here for further details.

Stefan joined V8 Sleuth in 2020 as Head of Content – Publications. A multi-award-winning journalist, he’s worked in the sport for more than a decade, including stints as editor of and