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.