POPULAR PRIVATEER COMMODORE FOUND!

Restoration of Finnigan Foodtown VN Group A Commodore nearly complete …

STORY: AARON NOONAN
PHOTOS: AN1 IMAGES ARCHIVE

OUR V8 Sleuth followers love hearing stories about the privateer cars and drivers of Australian touring car racing so this ‘found’ story is one that plenty of fans will get a kick out of.

Terry Finnigan’s Foodtown Group A VN Commodore is undergoing restoration in the hands of some private collectors in Melbourne and is very nearly complete to be ready for next season.

The car enjoyed a very long racing life since it made its debut in the popular Sydney privateer’s hands in the 1991 AMSCAR Series at Amaroo Park.

In fact, like many privateer teams of the era, Finnigan took the engine and running gear from his existing ‘Walkinshaw’ VL to fit to his VN, which ultimately was updated to a VP in 1993 and carried on racing in his hands through into the 1996 season with a striking silver and red Sony Autosound livery before he upgraded to a new VR Commodore.

The car is being restored back to its 1992 Bathurst Foodtown #27 livery in VN Group A spec – in that particular race Finnigan teamed up with Garry Rogers to finish 13th overall in the rain-lashed event.

Our ‘Seven Sport Magic Moments of Motorsport’ DVD series has some races that feature this car in them, they’re yours to own, click here to check them out!

There’s still many, many cars out there for the V8 Sleuth team to report on too, if you ever have a tip-off or some information you think we need to know, send us an email here.