ENGINEERING drawings used to create some of Larry Perkins’ most famous Bathurst-winning parts are set to be published for the first time in V8 Sleuth’s new book, Perkins Engineering: The Cars, 1986-2008.
The 432-page collector’s publication is currently being printed in Melbourne and is on schedule to be dispatched to pre-order customers in early October.
Just 2500 individually numbered copies, each signed by Larry Perkins, are being printed. The majority have already been accounted for, so pre-order now via the V8 Sleuth Bookshop to avoid disappointment.
In addition to the detailed histories of each of the 49 Commodores built by Perkins Engineering, a special ‘Drawing Board’ chapter showcases several engineering drawings, each explained by Perkins himself.
They include parts that made up the slide-throttle inlet manifold for the Holden V8 engine that went on to win Bathurst in 1993, and the legendary Perkins brake caliper that proved crucial in his 1995 victory.
Each drawing was hand-picked from the extensive Perkins Engineering archive by Larry and son Jack and scanned in high resolution for reproduction in the book.
“It’s great to be able to share these original drawings with fans for the first time,” says Jack Perkins.
“Dad’s drawing board was in many ways the heart of Perkins Engineering and these drawings add an extra layer of detail to the incredible array of images that feature in the book.”
Rare and behind-the-scenes photos taken over the years by members of the Perkins family and Perkins Engineering staff also feature throughout the publication.
They complement stunning images from the AN1 Images archive and those sourced from a host of other photographers to depict the complete history of all 49 Perkins cars from their creation to the present day.