THE ULTIMATE BATHURST THRILLER: WHERE ARE THESE CARS TODAY?

These two cars are forever part of Bathurst folklore. Pic: an1images.com / Dirk Klynsmith

OCTOBER 12, 2014, delivered what many consider the most thrilling and dramatic Bathurst 1000 of all-time.

It was an eight-hour epic filled with twists that culminated in Chaz Mostert’s Pepsi Max Ford passing Jamie Whincup’s out-of-fuel Red Bull Holden for the win on the final lap.

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While the ins and outs of that incredible race are well recorded, and the full race is available to watch on YouTube, the question we’re answering today is: where are these two cars now?

The good news is both survived the rest of their racing lives and live on in restored form, albeit one not in the memorable colours with which it raced on the Mountain.

Paul Morris and Chaz Mostert celebrate victory. Pic: an1images.com / Dirk Klynsmith

#6 Chaz Mostert/Paul Morris
Pepsi Max Crew Ford Falcon FG

The car that Mostert and Paul Morris drove to victory at Mount Panorama in 2014 spent its entire racing life with the Ford Performance Racing/Prodrive Racing Australia operation.

It was among the first batch of Car of the Future cars built by the team in late 2012 and spent the following two seasons as the #6 Pepsi Max entry.

Will Davison took it to third in the 2013 championship with wins at Pukekohe and Townsville, before Mostert took over the following year and won at Barbagallo and Bathurst.

The car then returned as the customer Super Black Racing entry for Andre Heimgartner in 2015, initially as an FG before being upgraded to to FG X panels in time for the second championship round at Symmons Plains.

FPR 1216 after its restoration. Pic: Tickford Racing

Chris Pither assumed driving duties for the final two events of the year and then into 2016, but a heavy Turn 8 crash at the Adelaide 500 spelt the end of the car’s main game duties.

It was handed down to Garry Jacobson in time for Round 2 of that year’s Dunlop Series, and the Victorian went on to take that year’s title before again driving it in the series throughout 2017.

The car appeared at Bathurst in 2018 as a display car in Supercheap Auto colours, before being restored by the team to its 2014 Bathurst-winning state.

It remains that way today in the hands of a private collector.

#1 Jamie Whincup/Paul Dumbrell
Red Bull Racing Holden Commodore VF

The car on the other side of the thrilling 2014 Bathurst finish also started its racing life the previous year, albeit not until the Sandown 500, where Whincup and Dumbrell debuted it with a victory.

It was raced by Whincup all the way up until the Sandown 500 in 2015. All up it scored 20 race wins in Whincup’s hands and took the driver to both the 2013 and ’14 V8 Supercars Championship titles.

During its time as car #1, the 2014 Bathurst 1000 stands out not just for the thrilling finish but the fact it wore a one-off camouflage livery to mark a partnership with the Royal Australian Air Force.

888-037 after its restoration. Pic: Jake Kostecki

Craig Lowndes raced this car in the final two events of 2015, which included two race wins at Phillip Island, but ultimately fell short of stealing the championship from Mark Winterbottom.

It was then sold to the Kostecki family and campaigned by Jake Kostecki in the Dunlop Series throughout 2016 and ’17 under the Kostecki Brothers Racing banner.

Cousin Brodie took over driving duties in 2018 and into ’19, adding four more wins to the car’s tally in that period, before handing it back to Jake for two rounds before the team pulled out of Super2 to concentrate on its Enduro Cup wildcards.

It was restored in 2020 to its 2014 regular season Red Bull colours, recognising Whincup’s championship victory, and remains in the hands of the Kostecki family.