The 1977 running of Australia’s most famous motor race was held on October 2nd at the Mount Panorama circuit just outside of Bathurst, in New South Wales. The 1977 race was officially called the Hardie-Ferodo 1000, and it had one of the most iconic grids ever seen in the event, drivers included multiple Formula One Grand Prix and 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Jacky Ickx, Canadian champion Allan Moffat, Australian legends Peter Brock and Dick Johnson, Indy 500 winner Johnny Rutherford, British Le Mans winner Derek Bell, and Australian Formula 1 World Champion Jack Brabham.
The cars on the grid were no less impressive, although some of them may be unfamiliar to you if you’re not from Australia or New Zealand. The Ford Falcon XC GS500 put in a commanding race followed by the likes of the Holden LX Torana SS A9X Hatchback, the Ford Capri MkI, the Alfa Romeo 2000, the Ford Escort RS2000 MkI, the Mazda RX-3, the BMW 3.0Si, the BMW 2002 Tii, and the Holden Gemini.
The race in 1977 was a little controversial because of the ending, and the incredibly lucky Japanese driver Yoshimi Katayama who rolled his Mazda RX-3 at Murray’s Corner and was so unscathed he managed to walk away from the wreck.
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