Garry Rogers had plenty of reasons to smile at the 2003 Bathurst 24 Hour. Photo: / Dirk Klynsmith

HALL of Fame team boss Garry Rogers has labelled his team’s Bathurst 24 Hour success more satisfying than winning the Bathurst 1000.

Rogers’ team won the Bathurst 1000 in 2000 with its Valvoline Commodore VT steered home to the team’s only ‘Great Race’ win by Jason Bargwanna and Garth Tander.

The team built, prepared and ran the Monaro program for Holden for the Bathurst 24 Hour endurance classic, winning the inaugural race in 2002 with Tander, Cameron McConville, Steve Richards and Nathan Pretty and scoring a 1-2 in 2003 led by Peter Brock, Greg Murphy, Jason Bright and Todd Kelly.

“When we won Bathurst in 2000 it was great but that 24 Hour race, particularly the second one where he therefore won it two years in a row, is by far and away the most satisfying thing I’ve ever done,” Rogers told today.

The finish of the 2003 Bathurst 24 Hour race with a Monaro 1-2. Photo: / Dirk Klynsmith

“People forget we were racing our Supercars at the same time (as the Monaro build, test and race programs) with the same crew. We had our people doing the Supercars and they built the Monaros and ran them as well.”

V8 Sleuth today broke the news that GRM is building a brand new, Nations Cup-specification Monaro 427 race car that will be identical to the 24 Hour-winning cars.

The team plans to run the car in the Bathurst Holden Revival at the Bathurst International in November.

The Bathurst 24 Hour-winning and Nations Cup Monaros feature in our new V8 Sleuth-published book, ‘Racing The Lion’, a 400 page illustrated history of Holden in motorsport.

At 400 pages and packed with photos never before published, it’s the perfect collector’s piece and can be pre-ordered here now.

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.