As published on V8 Sleuth https://www.v8sleuth.com.au/piece-of-perkins-racing-history-heads-overseas/
THE Castrol Commodore VY driven by Larry Perkins in his last Bathurst 1000 start in
2003 is heading to New Zealand and will be one of an ever-growing number of
attractions at New Zealand’s Historic GP at Taupō International Motorsport Park on
The Perkins Engineering-built Holden was driven by Perkins and Steve Richards in
the 2003 Bathurst 1000 and finished fourth.
The very same chassis later became Larry’s son Jack’s first Bathurst 1000 car in
2006, in Jack Daniel’s livery and in VZ specification.
It will be driven in New Zealand at the Historic GP by five-time Bathurst 1000 winner
Restored in recent years to its 2003 Castrol livery and specification, the car is now
part of the Muscle Car Warehouse collection.
The car – chassis PE 041 – features among V8 Sleuth’s book documenting the
history of every Perkins Engineering Commodore, available here in the V8 Sleuth
The ex-Perkins Commodore joins a range of historically-significant Holdens heading
to the event.
It was recently confirmed that Jack Perkins will demonstrate the 1993 Bathurst 1000-
winning Castrol Commodore VP and four-time Bathurst 1000 winner Greg Murphy
will take the wheel of the Garry Rogers Motorsport-built Monaro he drove to victory in
the 2003 Bathurst 24 Hour alongside Peter Brock, Todd Kelly and Jason Bright.
Seven-time Bathurst 1000 winner Craig Lowndes will also be appearing at the event.
V8 Sleuth is the official media partner for the event that will be held on January 19-
21 in 2024 at the Taupō International Motorsport Park and broadcast live on Sky
Sport in New Zealand and Fox Sports in Australia.
The Taupō Historic GP is the second round of the Super Sprint MotorSport NZ
Championship and will host the opening round of the Castrol Toyota Formula
Regional Oceania Championship (CTFROC) as part of a unique modern/historic
flavoured race meeting.
The event is also a unique celebration of Trans-Tasman Holden history and will
feature a ‘Holden All-Comers’ race open to all Holden race cars with a homologated
roll cage and logbook.
Also set to appear are Historic Touring Cars NZ, Historic Sports Sedans, Historic
Saloons, Sports and GTs, Formula 5000, Formula Open NZ and Formula
Junior/F3/Historic Formula Ford.
Tickets can be purchased online here now.