top of page

First winner of the V8 era in PremiAir Hire Bathurst winners' category

The Holden VP Commodore with which Larry Perkins and Gregg Hansford won the 1993 Bathurst 1000, the first of the V8 era of Australian touring cars, will be part of the PremiAir Hire Bathurst winners’ category at the 2024 Repco Adelaide Motorsport Festival on March 16 and 17.

After a seven-year restoration by Perkins Engineering, the VP Commodore recently returned to the race track. The Castrol-backed Commodore ran a Perkins-developed Holden V8 engine, rather than the Chevrolet V8 that the other Holden entrants fielded.


Australian touring cars moved away from the international Group A regulations to the homegrown V8-powered rules for Holden Commodores and Ford Falcons from 1993, marking the start of the V8 era which continues to this day in Supercars.


The VP Commodore is coming to the 2024 Repco Adelaide Motorsport Festival courtesy of Perry Bitsikas’ Muscle Car Warehouse private collection. It will be driven at the event by Perkins' son Jack Perkins, Supercars race winner.      


The PremiAir Hire Bathurst winners’ category is new for the 2024 Repco Adelaide Motorsport Festival, featuring original Bathurst 500/1000 winners include the two-time winning Holden VH SS Commodore (1982 and 1983) and Holden ZB Commodore (2020 and 2022) plus the Nissan Skyline GT-R R32s that won in 1991 and 1992, the Ford Cortina Mk.I GT500 from 1965, the Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 from 1976 and the Ford BA Falcon from 2006.


Held the week prior to the Australian Grand Prix, the Repco Adelaide Motorsport Festival is a museum in motion, displaying historic, rare and significant racing vehicles on the Victoria Park section of the Adelaide Street Circuit. 


Categories featuring Formula 1, V8 Supercars, Group C and A touring cars, sportscars and more will feature over the course of the Repco Adelaide Motorsport Festival, in addition to on-track demonstrations, off-track displays, villas and more. 

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets to the 2024 Repco Adelaide Motorsport Festival.


bottom of page