FORD MOTORSPORT HISTORY GOES UP FOR AUCTION
A selection of Ford Motorsport History goes up for auction in Brisbane next weekend.
The collection includes several historic Ford Group C race cars, with an extensive history at Mt Panorama, as well as a selection of other motorsport memorabilia.
The headline piece of the auction will be a Jim Richards built 1977 Ford Falcon XC GS500 Hardtop that was raced by Dick Johnson during 1978 season. The car, now back in its iconic Bryan Byrt Ford reverse Cobra livery as raced at Bathurst in 1978 with John French and Warwick Brown behind the wheel, will go under the hammer at Lloyds Auctions on the 29 July in Brisbane.
Another Ford Falcon XC, believed to be a car built by Allan Moffat’s factory Ford race team in 1978, is also up for sale as part of the auction. The car was later bought and then raced by Privateer Bill O’Brien during the 1979 and 1980 Australian Touring Car Championship. It currently adorns its Bathurst 1979 Everlast Battery livery as it was raced by Bill O’Brien and Ray Winter.
O’Brien has a second car as part of the auction, the 1980 Ford Falcon XD that he completed the remainder of the Group C era until 1984. This was the car that Allan Moffat famously jumped behind the wheel of midway through the 1980 Bathurst 1000 after his own car failed on lap 3 of the Great Race. It was also driven by Bob Morris during the that race, but also failed to finish.
The last Bathurst raced car from the collection is a 1982 Ford Falcon XE built by Fred Gibson and raced by Joe Moore and Bob Muir and last raced in the 1984 Bathurst 1000.
In addition to the cars, there is a good collection other motorsport memorabilia, including bonnets, front bars and doors from Supercars driven by the likes of Glenn Seton, Larry Perkins, Craig Lowndes, Mark Winterbottom and John Bowe. As well as race suits worn by John Bowe and Brooke Tatnell.
The collection of over 200 pieces contains a tonne of motorsport and motoring history, is being offered to the public for the first time during the July 29th auction in Brisbane.
Details of the auction can be found over at Lloyds Auctions website or via phone: 1800 456 588
Date posted: July 19, 2017