A unique piece of Australian and English motorsport history – the Holden that Aussie Touring Car champ Peter Brock raced at the Goodwood Revival before his death in 2006 – will go under the hammer on July 10. The Holden FX, the last example of the marque to be raced by the Bathurst legend, is the prime lot at auction house Shannons’ Australian International Motor Show in Melbourne.
Conceived by Brock fan Phil Munday, and created by former Holden Dealer Team engine guru Ian Tate, the 1953 FX was built for the nine-time Bathurst winner to race at the 2006 running of the world famous historic racing meet.
Goodwood’s Lord March initially wanted Brock to campaign his first real racer, an Austin A30, in the St. Mary’s Trophy, but was persuaded that an early Holden would be more symbolic for a Australia’s racing hero to campaign over here.
Revival rules allowed the Holden’s engine capacity to be stretched by 20%, along with other modifications, so Tate created a 2.4-litre engine with a Vauxhall crankshaft and up-rated camshaft .The six-cylinder lump is fed by triple 2in SU carburettors and features a straight-through exhaust. Running an 11.5:1 compression ratio, it cranks out an impressive 190bhp with the power fed through a Muncie four-speed transmission and a 3.9:1 locked diff.
Although Brock just missed a podium at Goodwood (he qualified fifth and finished fourth in the two-driver race) his epic efforts on the famous Chichester circuit led to him being scooping the ‘Spirit of Goodwood’ trophy.
Tragically, Brock was killed in a tarmac rally accident just a week later. Since then, his FX has appeared at a number of historic race meets, becoming famous as the last circuit-racing car and Holden campaigned by Brock. It is expected to make $300 – 350,000 (£197 – 229.000). See: www.shannons.com.au for more.