1984 James Hardie 1000

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1984 James Hardie 1000
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The 1984 James Hardie 1000 was the 25th running of the Bathurst 1000 touring car race. It was held on 30 September 1984 at the Mount Panorama Circuit just outside Bathurst in New South Wales, Australia and was Round 4 of the 1984 Australian Endurance Championship. This race was celebrated as 'The Last of the Big Bangers', in reference to the Group C touring cars, which were competing at Bathurst for the last time.

The race winning Brock/Perkins Holden Commodore

The race was won by Peter Brock and Larry Perkins driving a Holden Commodore for the Holden Dealer Team, the third consecutive victory for Brock, Perkins and the HDT. It was the most dominant team performance for the HDT in the history of the race as the team claimed a 1-2 finish with John Harvey and David Parsons backing up their team leaders by finishing second. Third place was taken by the Mazda RX-7 of Allan Moffat and Gregg Hansford.

The race also saw the first appearance of the international Group A cars. The Group A class was won by the TWR Mobil Rover Vitesse of race rookies Jeff Allam and Armin Hahne who finished 12th outright. Second in class and 15th outright was the JPS Team BMW 635 CSi of 1967 Formula One World Champion Denny Hulme and Bavarian Prince Leopold von Bayern. Third in Group A and 20th outright was the Barry Seton / Don Smith Ford Mustang.

Class structure[edit]

Group C[edit]

This was the last Bathurst to be held for Group C touring cars, which had first contested the Bathurst 1000 in 1973. While a production based category, continual parity adjustments to keep the leading vehicles roughly at the same pace had seen the cars become wildly over-specified.

Group A[edit]

The international Group A formula was allowed to enter for the first time as a prelude to their adoption for Bathurst and the Australian Touring Car Championship in 1985. The Group A cars were closer to pure bred racing cars in concept (notably the allowing of the cars interior to be removed, as well as the cars having a lower ride height), but without the extensive performance modifications allowed for Group C. Without the performance and aerodynamic aids, the Group A cars were much slower (the lead 3.5 L V8 Rover of Jeff Allam and Armin Hahne qualified 10 seconds slower than the pole time set by George Fury in the Nissan Bluebird turbo), and thus formed their own class. The low slung V8 Rovers did prove to be sensationally quick in a straight line though, with both cars being regularly recorded at 240 km/h (149 mph) on Conrod Straight, putting them on par with many of the privateer Mazda RX-7's.

Hardies Heroes[edit]

Pos No Team Driver Car HH Qual
Pole 15 Nissan Motor Co. Australia George Fury Nissan Bluebird Turbo 2:13.850 2:14.81
2 05 Marlboro Holden Dealer Team Australia Peter Brock Holden VK Commodore 2:14.039 2:14.31
3 17 Palmer Tube Mills Australia Dick Johnson Ford XE Falcon 2:14.710 2:15.07
4 6 Roadways Racing Pty. Ltd. Australia Allan Grice Holden VK Commodore 2:14.886 2:14.74
5 43 Peter Stuyvesant International Racing Canada Allan Moffat Mazda RX-7 2:16.411 2:15.54
6 31 JPS Team BMW New Zealand Jim Richards BMW 635 CSi 2:16.795 2:16.49
7 2 Masterton Homes Pty. Ltd. Australia Steve Masterton Ford XE Falcon 2:17.055 2:16.33
8 42 Peter Stuyvesant International Racing Australia Gregg Hansford Mazda RX-7 2:18.051 2:15.85
9 41 Chequered Flag Magazine Australia Bob Morris Mazda RX-7 2:18.107 2:16.05
10 12 John Goss Racing Pty. Ltd. United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw Jaguar XJS 2:18.960 2:16.09

* Nissan scored the first ever turbocharged Pole Position at Bathurst when George Fury grabbed pole with a time of 2:13.85 in his Nissan Bluebird Turbo. Fury's time in the runoff would not be beaten until 1991, ironically by another Nissan, the R32 GT-R. As it was the last year of Group C, Fury's time remains the fastest ever at Mt Panorama by a Group C touring car. Early morning snow on the mountain and the cold conditions were thought to favour the turbo over the V8 powered cars.
* It was the first time in the seven year history of Hardies Heroes that a V8 powered car did not claim Pole Position at Bathurst, and the first time since qualifying first counted for grid positions in 1967 that a V8 had not been on pole.
* The 1984 Hardies Heroes holds the Top 10 shootout record for the most number of marques competing with six with (in order) Nissan, Holden, Ford, Mazda, BMW and Jaguar represented. The record was equaled in both Super Touring races in 1997 and 1998.
* Jaguar made the first of only two appearances in the top ten runoff with Bathurst rookie driver Tom Walkinshaw (the 1984 European Touring Car Champion) qualifying John Goss' V12 Jaguar XJS in 10th place. During qualifying the Jaguar (using one of TWR's Group A engines) had been recorded at 290 km/h (180 mph) on Conrod Straight, the fastest ever by a Touring Car before the addition of Caltex Chase in 1987.
* With three Mazda RX-7's in Hardies Heroes, 1984 was the only time Mazda had the greatest representation of cars in the Top Ten runoff.

Official results[edit]

Pos Class No Team Drivers Car Laps Qual
Pos
Shootout
Pos
1 C 05 Marlboro Holden Dealer Team Australia Peter Brock
Australia Larry Perkins
Holden VK Commodore 163 1 2
2 C 25 Marlboro Holden Dealer Team Australia John Harvey
Australia David Parsons
Holden VK Commodore 161 12
3 C 42 Peter Stuyvesant International Racing Australia Gregg Hansford
Canada Allan Moffat
Mazda RX-7 161 6 8
4 C 8 K-Mart Auto Racing Australia Warren Cullen
Australia Alan Jones
Holden VK Commodore 161 13
5 C 28 Bayside Spare Parts Australia Barry Lawrence
Australia Alan Browne
Holden VH Commodore 158 17
6 C 10 John Sands Racing Australia Rusty French
Australia Geoff Russell
Holden VH Commodore 154 31
7 C 47 Brian Callaghan Australia Barry Graham
Australia Brian Callaghan
Ford XE Falcon 154 21
8 C 33 Michael Burgmann Australia Mike Burgmann
Australia Bob Stevens
Mazda RX-7 153 39
9 C 35 Goodyear Car Owners Club Australia Ron Gillard
Australia Mark Gibbs
Mazda RX-7 153 19
10 C 27 Bryan Byrt ford Australia Alf Grant
Australia Craig Harris
Ford XD Falcon 153 42
11 C 52 Fred Geissler Australia Fred Geissler
Australia Ralph Radburn
Holden VH Commodore 153 27
12 A 61 Mobil Rover Racing United Kingdom Jeff Allam
West Germany Armin Hahne
Rover Vitesse 152 36
13 C 19 Ken Mathews Prestige Cars Australia Ken Mathews
Australia Greg Toepfer
Holden VH Commodore 151 32
14 C 21 Lusty Engineering Pty. Ltd. Australia Graham Lusty
Australia John Lusty
Holden VH Commodore 148 35
15 A 62 JPS Team BMW New Zealand Denny Hulme
West Germany Leopold von Bayern
BMW 635 CSi 148 49
16 C 15 Nissan Motor Co. Australia George Fury
Australia Gary Scott
Nissan Bluebird Turbo 146 3 1
17 C 7 Qld Highway Patrol Racing Team Australia Lester Smerdon
Australia Wayne Park
Holden VK Commodore 145 53
18 C 51 Tokico Australia Tony Mulvihill
Australia Brian Nightingale
Mazda RX-7 140 44
19 C 37 Graham Stones Australia Graham Stones
Australia Ian Stones
Mazda RX-7 138 47
20 A 69 Don Smith Australia Barry Seton
Australia Don Smith
Ford Mustang 136 56
21 A 65 Hulcraft Autos Australia John Craft
Australia Les Grose
Ford Capri Mk.III 135 60
22 A 67 Ray Gulson Australia Ray Gulson
Australia Grant O'Donnell
Alfa Romeo GTV6 131 58
23 C 24 Scotty Taylor Holden Australia Alan Taylor
Australia Kevin Kennedy
Holden VH Commodore 130 33
24 C 45 James Keogh Australia Bernie Stack
Australia Wayne Clift
Australia Terry Shiel
Holden VH Commodore 130 23
25 C 38 Bayswater Auto Wreckers Pty. Ltd. Australia Colin Campbell
New Zealand John Faulkner
Holden VH Commodore 130 23
26 A 73 Racing Car News Australia Bob Holden
Australia Alexandra Surplice
Toyota Sprinter AE86 125 63
27 C 32 Berklee Exhausts Australia Chris Clearihan
Australia David Grose
Mazda RX-7 123 50
28 A 63 Chris Heyer's Kingswood Import Centre Australia Chris Heyer
Australia Gerard Murphy
Audi 5+5 117 64
29 A 60 Mobil Rover Racing United Kingdom Steve Soper
Australia Ron Dickson
Rover Vitesse 116 38
DNF C 13 Bruce Keith Smith Australia Bruce Smith
New Zealand Graeme Waswo
Holden VH Commodore 123 37
DNF C 49 Kenmar Agency Pty. Ltd. Australia John Donnelly
Australia Simon Harrex
Ford XD Falcon 122 55
DNF C 22 P.F. Motor Racing Australia Bryan Thomson
Australia John Mann
Chevrolet Camaro Z28 121 45
DNF A 75 Laurie Hazelton Australia Laurie Hazelton
Australia Jerry Strauberg
Ford Capri Mk.III 119 62
DNF C 30 Tony Kavich Australia Tony Kavich
Australia John Duggan
Mazda RX-7 117 43
DNF C 44 Chequered Flag Magazine Australia Graham Moore
Australia Peter McKay
Mazda RX-7 116 30
DNF A 70 Network Alfa Australia Colin Bond
Australia Alfredo Costanzo
Alfa Romeo GTV6 111 52
DNF C 40 King George Tavern Australia Joe Moore
Australia Bob Muir
Ford XE Falcon 110 24
DNF C 3 Cadbury Schweppes Pty. Ltd. New Zealand Peter Janson
Australia Garry Rogers
Holden VH Commodore 109 16
DNF C 17 Palmer Tube Mills Australia Dick Johnson
Australia John French
Ford XE Falcon 107 3 3
DNF C 26 Everlast Battery Service Australia Bill O'Brien
Australia Gary Cooke
Ford XD Falcon 104 28
DNF A 72 Toyota Team Australia Australia John Smith
Australia Stephen Brook
Toyota Sprinter AE86 100 57
DNF C 41 Chequered Flag Magazine Australia Bob Morris
Australia Barry Jones
Mazda RX-7 97 7 9
DNF A 68 Greville Arnel Australia Greville Arnel
Australia Lyndon Arnel
Mitsubishi Starion 95 54
DNF C 29 Freedom Fence Australia Paul Jones
Australia Peter Hopwood
Ford XE Falcon 88 20
DNF C 39 John Bundy Australia John Bundy
Australia Norm Carr
Mazda RX-7 83 34
DNF C 16 Nissan Motor Co. Australia Christine Gibson
Australia Glenn Seton
Nissan Pulsar EXA 76 26
DNF C 6 Roadways Racing Pty. Ltd. Australia Allan Grice
Australia Steve Harrington
Holden VK Commodore 70 2 4
DNF C 9 K-Mart Auto Racing Australia Andrew Harris
Australia Ron Harrop
Holden VH Commodore 51 18
DNF C 4 Terry Finnigan Australia Terry Finnigan
Australia Geoff Leeds
Holden VH Commodore 48 14
DNF C 31 JPS Team BMW New Zealand Jim Richards
Australia Tony Longhurst
BMW 635 CSi 39 10 6
DNF C 50 Petrolon Slick 50 Australia Peter McLeod
Australia Graeme Bailey
Mazda RX-7 39 15
DNF C 11 Magic Eleven Australia Garry Willmington
Australia Mike Griffin
Ford XD Falcon 37 41
DNF C 14 John English Australia John English
Australia Paul Gulson
Ford XD Falcon 34 29
DNF A 66 Equipe Sixty Six (Hong Kong) Australia Kevin Bartlett
Australia Peter Fitzgerald
Mitsubishi Starion 27 61
DNF C 20 Jim Keogh Australia Jim Keogh
Australia Terry Shiel
Holden VH Commodore 17 25
DNF C 2 Masterton Homes Pty. Ltd. Australia Steve Masterton
Australia Bruce Stewart
Ford XE Falcon 16 9 7
DNF C 43 Peter Stuyvesant International Racing Canada Allan Moffat
Australia Gregg Hansford
Mazda RX-7 15 5 5
DNF C 36 Roadways Racing Pty. Ltd. Australia Steve Harrington
Australia Allan Grice
Holden VH Commodore 7 11
DNF A 64 Capri Components Australia Lawrie Nelson
Australia Peter Jones
Ford Mustang 1 59
DNF C 18 Valentine Greetings Australia Murray Carter
Australia John Murdern
Mazda RX-7 0 22
DNF C 12 John Goss Racing Pty. Ltd. Australia John Goss
United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw
Jaguar XJS 0 8 10
DNF C 34 Pennant Hills Suspension Centre Australia John Tesoriero
Australia Bob Tindal
Chevrolet Camaro Z28 0 46
DNF A 77 Peter Williamson Toyota Australia Peter Williamson
Australia Charlie O'Brien
Toyota Celica Supra 0 51
DNS A 71 Palmer Tube Mills Australia Dick Johnson
Australia John French
Ford Mustang 48

Notes[edit]

  • Cars 12, 34 & 77 were involved in a startline accident when the #12 Jaguar XJS had clutch failure at the start. This caused the race to be stopped and for the first time in the races history there was a complete restart. All three cars failed to take the restart.[1]
  • Car 18 was involved in a separate accident during the first lap of the initial race being shunted off the track and into a fence on Conrod Straight by another car not heeding the red flags and was also unable to front for the second start.[1]
  • Cars 2 & 43 were also involved in a separate incident at the start with both cars bouncing off each other and the #43 also bouncing off the pit wall. #43 was out with engine failure after 15 laps, while #2 crashed at Forrest's Elbow one lap later.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Barry Naismith, Bathurst 1984/85, pages 73 & 127

Statistics[edit]

  • Provisional Pole Position - #05 Peter Brock - 2:14.31
  • Pole Position - #15 George Fury - 2:13.850 (record)
  • Fastest Group A qualifier - #61 Jeff Allam/Armin Hahne - 2:23.41
  • Fastest Lap - #05 Peter Brock - 2:15.13 (lap record)
  • Average Speed - 158 km/h
  • Race Time - 6:23:13.06 (record)

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