PRIVATEER V8 SUPERCARS TO RETURN TO BATHURST

Greg Crick aboard the Alcair Airconditioning Commodore at Oran Park in 1996. Photo: an1images.com / Graeme Neander.

A PAIR of ex-V8 Supercar Commodores will return to Mount Panorama for this year’s Shannons Holden Bathurst Revival in November.

Former Alcair Airconditioning privateer team owner John Alcorn has entered a pair of Commodores in the event with former Alcair driver David Attard to drive one entry and Ric Shaw the other.

Attard will drive the Alcair Airconditioning Commodore VS, a Perkins Engineering-built car he used to win the Privateer’s Cup in the 1995 Australian Touring Car Championship in VP spec prepared by the late Bob Tindal.

He and Greg Crick raced it at Bathurst in ’95 while Crick drove it in following Bathurst 1000s in 1996 with David ‘Truckie’ Parsons, in 1997 with Peter Fitzgerald and in 1998 with Dean Crosswell in Ericsson/Trust Bank livery.

The other VS Commodore that Alcorn will enter in the Shannons Holden Bathurst Revival was originally built by Tindal for privateer Ric Shaw to drive and was debuted in the 2001 Konica Series.

It was one of a handful of cars that was built new for the development category rather than being ‘sold down’ from the main championship.

Ric Shaw at the wheel of his VS Commodore at its debut in 2001 at Wakefield Park. Photo: an1images.com / Dirk Klynsmith.

Alcorn says that the Shannons Holden Bathurst Revival is the perfect way for these cars to revisit the Mountain.

“This is the perfect event for these two cars to race at and I can’t wait to take them to Bathurst,” he said.

“(John’s wife) Wendy and I both loved the Supercars, and I really wanted to give them a run again. I didn’t want to compete, but these types of spirited demonstrations are ideal.

“And to have both David and Ric drive them is a nice touch. They are really going to enjoy it.

“Both of the cars are in amazing condition. Our team has done an incredible job bringing them back to their former glory.

“I’d been to Bathurst and supported a bunch of drivers and teams in the early 1990s, and I almost quit on the sport, but I remember saying “I’m only coming back to Bathurst if I own my own car.

“In 1995, I went to Caltex Chase and watched the cars go through there and I was flabbergasted at the speed. If you are looking for me during our sessions at Bathurst in November, I’m going to go right back to that same spot.”

Holden fans can now order a copy of the new ‘Racing the Lion’ book, a 400-page, hardcover illustrated history of Holden in Australian motorsport. It’s available here from the V8 Sleuth Online Bookshop and the perfect gift for Fathers Day.

The Shannons Holden Bathurst Revival will feature a series of spirited, untimed track sessions open to Holdens from 1948 to the present era and encompassing almost every circuit racing category that the marque has been represented in.

The Shannons Holden Bathurst Revival will run as part of the Bathurst International on November 12-15.

With over 20 years in the Australian motorsport industry, Noonan is the head of V8 Sleuth. He’s held a range of roles including working in television with Seven and Ten, print media and public relations. With a specialty in Australian motorsport history, he’s known around racing paddocks as ’the Sleuth’ and started his motorsport media career in 1997.