TRIPLE EIGHT CAR HISTORY BOOK UPDATE

Craig Lowndes leaps through the back chicane in Hamilton, New Zealand, in 2012. Photo: an1images.com / Justin Deeley.

WE have many followers of our social media pages and website keen to hear about the plans for our Triple Eight Race Engineering car history book – and we have an update for you.

In November 2020 we announced that we had confirmed an arrangement with the team to produce a book on the history of its cars with an intended release date of early 2022.

That arrangement and intent to produce the book has not changed, however the delayed introduction of Gen3 cars into Supercars means that the current ZB Commodore model will race on into 2022.

The whole premise of the book was to document and cover the histories of the team’s Falcon and Commodores, and until the Commodores finish racing in the ‘main game’, we won’t have reached the ‘end of the road’ for those cars that we require for doing the book.

The striking gold Autobarn car driven by Craig Lowndes in Newcastle in his final full-time Supercars round start in 2018 will be included in the book along with all other T8-built Supercars. Photo: an1images.com / Dirk Klynsmith.

Given 2023 is the 20th anniversary of Triple Eight in Australia, we’ve decided to delay the book’s release until ’23 to line up with the anniversary to allow for the full stop to be written on the racing histories of the team’s Commodores and also include the first batch of Gen3 Camaro race cars.

We’ve very excited about working on this project that follows in the wheel tracks of the chassis books we have done (HRT and DJR) and currently have about to be released (Perkins).

Triple Eight fans should, in the meantime, visit the V8 Sleuth Online Bookshop and snap up the last remaining prints celebrating the team’s 200th championship race win and its 2020 Bathurst win, the eighth Bathurst 1000 victory for Triple Eight, below.

Visit the site here to browse the range!

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.