Larry Perkins

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Larry Perkins
Nationality Australia Australian
Born Larry Clifton Perkins
(1950-03-18) 18 March 1950 (age 65)
Murrayville, Victoria, Australia
Retired 2003
Related to Jack Perkins (son)
ATCC / V8 Supercar
Years active 1981, 1985–2003
Teams Holden Dealer Team
Perkins Engineering
Starts 160
Wins 4
Best finish 4th in 1994, 1995 & 1998 Australian Touring Car Championship
Championship titles
1975

1979

1979
European Formula Three Championship
Australian Formula 5000 Championship
Australian Rallycross Championship
Formula One World Championship career
Active years 1974, 19761977
Teams Amon, Boro, Brabham, BRM, Surtees
Entries 15 (11 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First entry 1974 German Grand Prix (DNQ) / 1976 Spanish Grand Prix (13th)
Last entry 1977 Belgian Grand Prix (12th) / 1977 French Grand Prix (DNQ)
Sign proclaiming Cowangie to be the "Hometown of Larry Perkins"
The 1984 Bathurst 1000 winning Holden Commodore

Larry Clifton Perkins (born 18 March 1950 in Murrayville, Victoria)[1] is a former racing driver and V8 Supercar team owner from Australia.

Career[edit]

Growing up on a farm in Cowangie in the Mallee region of Victoria, Larry, the son of racing driver Eddie Perkins who had won the 1956 RedeX Round Australia Trial, developed a love for cars from a young age and loved tinkering with the farm machinery. In 1970 he was recruited as a mechanic/driver for Harry Firth's Holden Dealer Team, and although he didn't do much road racing for the team, he did race in Rallycross alongside team driver Peter Brock, and was also involved with the development of the stillborn Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 V8 project which was canned in mid-1972 by the "Supercar scare".

After winning the TAA Formula Ford "Driver To Europe" Series in 1971 and the Australian Formula 2 Championship in 1972 (both times in an Elfin 600), Perkins travelled to Europe where he won the 1975 European Formula Three Championship. He also raced in Formula One during the 1974, 1976 and 1977 seasons. After failing to secure a permanent drive in Formula One he returned to Australia, winning the Rothmans International Series in 1979 in an Elfin MR8 for the Ansett Team Elfin factory team run by Elfin Sports Cars founder Garrie Cooper, and the 1979 Australian Rallycross Championship in a Volkswagen Beetle.[2] During 1982 and 1983 he worked with brother Garry on the construction of The Quiet Achiever solar car. He was one of the drivers of the car during the transcontinental solar crossing of Australia, the car using only a photovoltaic solar cell source. During these years he met with success in Australian Touring Cars and in 1988 he returned to Europe to race at the Le Mans 24 Hour with Tom Walkinshaw Racing, finishing 4th.

After returning home from Europe, Perkins made his Bathurst 1000 debut in 1977 in a Holden LX Torana SS A9X Hatchback where he finished third with Peter Janson. He went on to win the race six times (1982, 1983, 1984, 1993, 1995, 1997), with co-drivers Peter Brock (1982–84), John Harvey (1983) (all for the Holden Dealer Team which by then was owned by Brock with Perkins in charge of race car building and preparation), Gregg Hansford (1993) and in his last two wins in 1995 and 1997 with Russell Ingall, winning each time in an Australian developed Holden Commodore.

Arguably his most memorable win was in the 1995 Tooheys 1000 in which he dropped to last place after a pit stop at the end of the first lap to replace a flat tyre, and subsequently gained the lead with less than 10 laps remaining after the Ford Falcon of Glenn Seton retired having dropped a valve in the engine. Perkins and co-driver Russell Ingall thus became only the second driving combination in the history of the race to recover from last place to win the event. Perkins has however, never won an Australian Touring Car Championship, his best championship results being three fourth places.

Perkins retired from driving in 2003, aged 53 and was inducted into the V8 Supercar Hall of Fame in 2008. In addition to his racing credentials as a driver he is an accomplished automotive engineer and engine-builder having built many race cars for both his own team and for other racing teams. He is well known for his outgoing and humorous personality. His nickname is "LP", but he is often referred to as "Lightning Larry" or "Larrikin Larry". Larry is the father of V8 Supercar driver Jack Perkins.

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Position Car Team
1970 Australian Formula Ford Series 5th Elfin 600 Ford
1971 TAA Formula Ford "Driver To Europe" Series 1st Elfin 600 Ford Stillwell Ford
1972 Australian Drivers' Championship 11th Elfin 600B Ford Provincial Motors
1972 Australian Formula 2 Championship 1st Elfin 600B Ford Provincial Motors
1975 European Formula Three Championship 1st Ralt RT1 Ford Team Cowangie
1975 British Formula Three Championship 5th Ralt RT1 Ford Team Cowangie
1978 Peter Stuyvesant International Formula Pacific Series [3] 2nd Ralt RT1 Ford Scuderia Veloce
1978/79 Formula Pacific New Zealand International Series [4] 3rd March 78B Ford [5] Colin Giltrap Racing
1979 Rothmans International Series 1st Elfin MR8 Chevrolet Ansett Team Elfin
1979 Australian Rallycross Championship 1st Volkswagen Beetle Kruger Motors
1981 Australian Touring Car Championship 26th Holden VC Commodore Cadbury Schweppes Racing
1982 Better Brakes AMSCAR Series 10th Holden VH Commodore SS Marlboro Holden Dealer Team
1982 Australian Endurance Championship 14th Holden VH Commodore SS Marlboro Holden Dealer Team
1983 Australian Endurance Championship 8th Holden VH Commodore SS Marlboro Holden Dealer Team
1984 World Sportscar Championship NC Porsche 956B Team Australia
John Fitzpatrick Racing
1984 Australian Endurance Championship 5th Holden VK Commodore Marlboro Holden Dealer Team
1985 Australian Touring Car Championship 25th Holden VK Commodore Mobil Holden Dealer Team
1986 Australian Endurance Championship 24th Holden VK Commodore SS Group A Enzed Team Perkins
1987 Australian Touring Car Championship 5th Holden VK Commodore SS Group A Enzed Team Perkins
1988 Australian Touring Car Championship 7th Holden VL Commodore SS Group A Holden Special Vehicles
1988 World Sports Prototype Championship 29th Jaguar XJR-9 Silk Cut Jaguar
1989 Australian Touring Car Championship 17th Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV Perkins Engineering
1990 Australian Touring Car Championship 11th Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV Perkins Engineering
1990 Australian Endurance Championship 2nd Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV Perkins Motorsport
1991 Australian Touring Car Championship 11th Holden VN Commodore SS Group A SV Mobil 1 Racing
Perkins Engineering
1992 Australian Touring Car Championship 10th Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV Perkins Engineering
1993 Australian Touring Car Championship 12th Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV
Holden VP Commodore
Castrol Perkins Racing
1994 Australian Touring Car Championship 4th Holden VP Commodore Castrol Perkins Racing
1995 Australian Touring Car Championship 4th Holden VR Commodore Castrol Perkins Racing
1996 Australian Touring Car Championship 5th Holden VR Commodore Castrol Perkins Racing
1997 Australian Touring Car Championship 5th Holden VS Commodore Castrol Perkins Racing
1998 Australian Touring Car Championship 4th Holden VR Commodore Castrol Perkins Racing
1999 Shell Championship Series 9th Holden VT Commodore Castrol Perkins Racing
2000 Shell Championship Series 13th Holden VT Commodore Castrol Perkins Racing
2001 Shell Championship Series 14th Holden VX Commodore Castrol Perkins Racing
2002 V8 Supercar Championship Series 18th Holden VX Commodore Castrol Perkins Racing
2003 V8 Supercar Championship Series 36th Holden VY Commodore Castrol Perkins Racing

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 WDC Points
1974 Dalton-Amon International Amon AF101 Cosworth V8 ARG BRA RSA ESP BEL MON SWE NED FRA GBR GER
DNQ
AUT ITA CAN USA NC 0
1976 HB Bewaking Alarm Systems Boro Ensign N175 Cosworth V8 BRA RSA USW ESP
13
BEL
8
MON
DNQ
SWE
Ret
FRA GBR GER AUT NED
Ret
ITA
Ret
NC 0
Martini Racing Brabham BT45 Alfa Romeo Flat 12 CAN
17
USA
Ret
JPN
Ret
1977 Rotary Watches Stanley BRM BRM P207 BRM V12 ARG BRA
Ret
NC 0
BRM P201B/204 RSA
15
Team Surtees Surtees TS19 Cosworth V8 USW ESP MON BEL
12
SWE
DNQ
FRA
DNQ
GBR GER AUT NED ITA USA CAN JPN

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Pos Class No Team Co-Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps
Engine
1978 14 IMSA
+2.5
97 United Kingdom Charles Ivey Racing United Kingdom Gordon Spice
United States John Rulon-Miller
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR G 278
Porsche 3.0L Flat-6
1984 35
DNF
C1 34 Australia Team Australia
United Kingdom John Fitzpatrick Racing
Australia Peter Brock Porsche 956 D 145
Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
1988 4 C1 22 United States Silk Cut Jaguar
United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw Racing
Republic of Ireland Derek Daly
United States Kevin Cogan
Jaguar XJR-9LM D 383
Jaguar 7.0L V12

Complete World Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 DC Points
1987 Enzed Team Perkins Holden VK Commodore SS Group A
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A
MNZ JAR DIJ NUR SPA BNO SIL BAT
Ret
CLD
6
WEL
11
FJI NC 0

Bathurst 1000 wins[edit]

Year Class No Team Co-Drivers Chassis Laps
Engine
1982 A 05 Marlboro Holden Dealer Team Australia Peter Brock Holden VH Commodore SS 163
Holden 308 5.0 L V8
1983 A 25 Marlboro Holden Dealer Team Australia John Harvey
Australia Peter Brock
Holden VH Commodore SS 163
Holden 308 5.0 L V8
1984 Group C 05 Marlboro Holden Dealer Team Australia Peter Brock Holden VK Commodore 163
Holden 308 5.0 L V8
1993 A 11 Castrol Perkins Racing Australia Gregg Hansford Holden VP Commodore 161
Holden 5.0 L V8
1995 11 Castrol Perkins Racing Australia Russell Ingall Holden VR Commodore 161
Chevrolet 5.0 L V8
1997 11 Castrol Perkins Racing Australia Russell Ingall Holden VS Commodore 161
Chevrolet 5.0 L V8

Complete Bathurst 1000 results[edit]

Year No Team Co-Driver(s) Car Result Laps Qual
Pos
1977 15 NGK Janson New Zealand Peter Janson Holden LX Torana SS A9X 3 162 13
1979 19 Cadbury Schweppes Racing New Zealand Peter Janson Holden LX Torana SS A9X 2 157 7
1980 4 Cadbury Schweppes Racing New Zealand Peter Janson Holden VC Commodore 2 162 8
1981 3 Cadbury Schweppes Racing New Zealand Peter Janson Holden VC Commodore DNF 67 7
1982 05 Marlboro Holden Dealer Team Australia Peter Brock Holden VH Commodore SS 1 163 2
1983 25 Marlboro Holden Dealer Team Australia Peter Brock
Australia John Harvey
Holden VH Commodore SS 1 163 5
1984 05 Marlboro Holden Dealer Team Australia Peter Brock Holden VK Commodore 1 163 2
1985 17 Palmer Tube Mills Australia Dick Johnson Ford Mustang 7 159 3
1986 11 Enzed Team Perkins Australia David Parsons Holden VK Commodore SS Group A 25 140 4
1987 11 Enzed Team Perkins New Zealand Denny Hulme Holden VK Commodore SS Group A DNF 2 8
1988 10 Holden Special Vehicles New Zealand Denny Hulme
United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV DNF 137 8
1989 16 Holden Racing Team Australia Tomas Mezera Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 6 158 11
1990 11 Perkins Engineering Australia Tomas Mezera Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 3 161 7
1991 11 Mobil 1 Racing Australia Tomas Mezera Holden VN Commodore SS Group A SV DNF 65 8
1992 11 Bob Jane T-Marts Perkins Racing Australia Steve Harrington Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 9 135 2
1993 11 Castrol Perkins Racing Australia Gregg Hansford Holden VP Commodore 1 161 1
1994 11 Castrol Perkins Racing Australia Gregg Hansford Holden VP Commodore 3 161 8
1995 11 Castrol Perkins Racing Australia Russell Ingall Holden VR Commodore 1 161 3
1996 11 Castrol Perkins Racing Australia Russell Ingall Holden VR Commodore 6 160 7
1997 11 Castrol Perkins Racing Australia Russell Ingall Holden VS Commodore 1 161 4
1998 11 Castrol Perkins Racing Australia Russell Ingall Holden VT Commodore 2 161 9
1999 11 Castrol Perkins Racing Australia Russell Ingall Holden VT Commodore 7 161 5
2000 11 Castrol Perkins Racing Australia Russell Ingall Holden VT Commodore 11 159 9
2001 11 Castrol Perkins Racing Australia Russell Ingall Holden VX Commodore 8 161 3
2002 11 Castrol Perkins Racing Australia Paul Dumbrell Holden VX Commodore 5 161 12
2003 11 Castrol Perkins Racing New Zealand Steven Richards Holden VY Commodore 4 161 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Drivers:Larry Perkins". grandprix.com. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  2. ^ John Lemm, Perkins is Australian Champ!, Racing Car News, August 1979, page 68.
  3. ^ Peter Stuyvesant International Formula Pacific Series 1978 Retrieved from http://www.driverdb.com on 30 January 2011
  4. ^ Formula Pacific New Zealand International Series 1978-79 Retrieved from http://www.driverdb.com on 30 January 2011
  5. ^ New Zealand Formula Pacific 1977-1982 Retrieved from motorsportsresults.com on 30 January 2011

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
None
European Formula Three Champion
1975
Succeeded by
Riccardo Patrese
Preceded by
Dick Johnson
John French
Winner of the Bathurst 1000
1982, 1983, 1984
(with Peter Brock and John Harvey (1983))
Succeeded by
John Goss
Armin Hahne
Preceded by
Jim Richards
Mark Skaife
Winner of the Bathurst 1000
1993
(with Gregg Hansford)
Succeeded by
Dick Johnson
John Bowe
Preceded by
Dick Johnson
John Bowe
Winner of the Bathurst 1000
1995
(with Russell Ingall)
Succeeded by
Craig Lowndes
Greg Murphy
Preceded by
Craig Lowndes
Greg Murphy
Winner of the Bathurst Classic
1997
(with Russell Ingall)
Succeeded by
Jason Bright
Steven Richards