Nightingale joined Tony Mulvihill in the Tokico Mazda for Sandown (pictured) and Bathurst in 1984. Photo: / Dale Rodgers

BATHURST motorsport identity Brian Nightingale has passed away, aged 71.

A four-time Great Race starter, ‘Nighto’ was a part of the furniture at Mount Panorama, whether it be behind the wheel or in the pit lane, paddock and media centre.

Nightingale was a constant presence at Mount Panorama, regularly patrolling the pit lane during the 1000-kilometre classic. Photo: Brian Nightingale Facebook

He was a constant presence at the Mountain for years, providing insightful, regular coverage of events at the circuit via local radio coverage on 2BS and B-Rock and The Western Advocate newspaper.

His son Terry reported the news on social media this morning.

“It is with a very heavy heart that I need to let you know that my father Brian Nightingale has passed away peacefully in my arms at 12.33am this morning in the Bathurst Base Hospital Intensive Care Unit,” he posted.

“This is a shock for us all and there are no words or feelings that explain how devastated we are.”

Nightingale made four starts in the Bathurst 1000. 

He competed in 1980 and 1981 in an Escort, in 1984 in the Tokico Mazda RX-7 and his final start in 1986 came at the wheel of one of Bob Holden’s Toyota Sprinters.

The vision of him slamming the door on the Mazda while buried in the sand at Hell Corner in the 1984 race made highlights tapes and colour reels for many years afterwards.

‘Nighto’ was named as one of 200 Bathurst Legends for his service to local motorsport and V8 Sleuth passes on its condolences to his family and friends.

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.