Vale Brian Callaghan

Brian Callaghan and his Mobile Concrete Pumping-backed cars were a familiar feature of the Bathurst 1000 in the 1980s. This is the 1988 Commodore that finished sixth. Photo: / Graeme Neander.

FORMER touring car privateer and speedway racer Brian Callaghan has passed away.

The long-time racing identity had a long battle with heart issues and passed away on Friday evening – he was 79.

Callaghan made 11 starts in the ‘Great Race at Bathurst between 1981 and 1991, initially in Group C Falcons before moving into a variety of Group A Commodores.

His best Bathurst 1000 finish of sixth came in 1988 at the wheel of his new Mobile Concrete Plumbing Commodore VL Group A SV. It was the first of the new fuel-injected Commodores to make it to the finish.

He and fellow speedway racer Barry Graham made a handy combination in the race. They paired up eight times in a row between 1983 and 1990.

Callaghan’s last start in the race came in 1993 sharing an Everlast Commodore with son Brian Jnr and Bill O’Brien.

Callaghan was a regular in the Amaroo Park-based AMSCAR Series and took a surprise pole position at the second round in 1989.

V8 Sleuth extends its sympathies to Callaghan’s family, friends and fans.

V8 Sleuth strives to both preserve and celebrate Australian motorsport’s rich history, from tracking and tracing the race-by-race histories and changing ownership of individual cars, to capturing and retelling the stories of the people who made our sport what it is today.