The field blasts away at the start of the 1984 Castrol 500 at Sandown. Photo: / Dale Rodgers.

THE 1984 Castrol 500 is an important race in Australian motorsport history.

Not only was it the first event held on the then-newly lengthened (and universally disliked!) international Sandown circuit layout, but it also marked the debut of the Holden Dealer Team’s ‘Last of the Big Bangers’ Group C Holden Commodore VKs.

Peter Brock and Larry Perkins went on to win the race in the debut of the #05 day-glow Holden and the second car of John Harvey and David Parsons finished third after the young Tasmanian was forced to deal with a door that simply wouldn’t close!

Runners-up in the race were Allan Moffat and Gregg Hansford in the Peter Stuyvesant Mazda RX-7.

The Big Banger Commodores feature in our new Holden illustrated history in motorsport book called ‘Racing the Lion’, with some great shots of these iconic cars from both Sandown and Bathurst among the jam-packed 400 pages – order it here now!

Catch the highlights of the race here below.

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.