Evan Green

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Evan Clifford Symons Green (21 May 1930 - 16 Mar 1996) was a well-known Australian motoring publicist,[1] journalist, TV commentator and a novelist. He is also a former rally driver with international recognition. He was born in the Sydney suburb of Fairfield in New South Wales, Australia. He has written many articles about himself and his experiences while rally driving.

His first novel, Alice to Nowhere, was produced by Brendon Lumney into a two-part mini-series in 1986 directed by John Power. The film starred John Waters as Johnny Parson, Steve Jacobs as Dave Mitchell and Rosey Jones as Barbara Dean

His other novels include: Adam's Empire, Dust and Glory, Kalinda, Bet Your life, On Borrowed Time, and Clancy's Crossing.

Motor Racing[edit]

As a leading motoring journalist and being very well spoken, Green was a television commentator and interviewer for the Seven Network and was well known for his commentary at the Bathurst 1000 motor race from the 1960s until his last Bathurst race as commentator in 1983. Green would continue doing motor racing commentary both in Australia and New Zealand until 1987.

Evan Green was also a rally driver of international fame, competing in such events as the Round Australia Trial and the London-Sydney Marathon.

Supercar scare[edit]

In 1972 Green was responsible for the media controversy, known as the 'Supercar scare', which ended the Ford XA Falcon GT-HO Phase IV, the Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 V8, and the rumored Valiant VH Charger fitted with a Chrysler V8 engine (former Chrysler Australia executives and their test driver, leading racer Leo Geoghegan, deny that the Charger was to be fitted with a high performance V8. A 'test mule' was fitted with both the V8 and the Hemi-6 and was tested at the Mallala raceway in South Australia, with the 6cyl proving significantly faster due to less weight at the front of the car).[2]

As a result of the Supercar scare, Green was often shunned or given short answers when he tried to do grid or pit interviews with Australian motor racing legends Harry Firth (Holden) and Allan Moffat (Ford), both of whom had been involved in the development of cars that had been killed off. For his part, Harry Firth's Holden Dealer Team had completed virtually all the testing and development of the V8 Torana (both on and off the race track, ) and years later told in an interview with Australian Muscle Car magazine that "Evan Green was no friend of mine".

Despite his role in starting the Supercar scare, Green would subsequently became a director at GM-Holden.[3]


Green's son Gavin served two stints as editor of the British motoring magazine Car.[citation needed]