1982 James Hardie 1000

1982 James Hardie 1000
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The 1982 James Hardie 1000 was the 23rd running of the Bathurst 1000 touring car race. It was held on 3 October 1982 at the Mount Panorama Circuit just outside Bathurst in New South Wales, Australia. The race, which was Round 3 of both the 1982 Australian Endurance Championship and the 1982 Australian Endurance Championship of Makes, was open to cars eligible to the locally developed CAMS Group C touring car regulations with two engine capacity based classes.

The race was won by Peter Brock and Larry Perkins of the Holden Dealer Team driving a Holden Commodore. It was Brock's sixth victory, a record, the Holden Dealer Team's sixth win and the first win in the race for a car carrying a Racecam unit. Holden Commodores filled the top four positions, but only after Dick Johnson was disqualified after originally finishing in fourth spot. Brock and Perkins finished a lap ahead of Allan Grice and Alan Browne. It was the second time Grice had finished second but had yet to win. The second Holden Dealer Team Commodore of John Harvey and Gary Scott finished third, equalling the best previous performance of the HDT, their first in 1969.

Class structureEdit

Class AEdit

Bartlett/Bond Chevrolet Camaro

Officially designated as the Over 3000cc class,[1] it featured the V8 Holden Commodores, Ford Falcons and Chevrolet Camaros. Also in this class were the Mazda RX-7s, the factory supported BMW 635CSi's and a Jaguar XJS.

Class BEdit

Officially designated as the Under 3000cc class,[2] it featured the turbo charged Nissan Bluebirds, considerably quicker than the opposition made up of Ford Capris, Alfa Romeo GTV6s, and an Audi 5+5 plus cars from the previously featured 2.0 litre class, i.e. Toyota Celicas, Ford Escorts and Isuzu Geminis.

As a round of the Australian Endurance Championship there was also a secondary class structure applied which divided cars into four engine capacity classes.

  • Up to 1600cc
  • 1601 to 2000cc
  • 2001 to 3000cc
  • 3001 to 6000cc[3]

There were no starters in the Up to 1600cc class.[4]

Hardies HeroesEdit

In official qualifying, Re-Car team owner and driver Alan Browne put up a $5,000 reward for the first Touring Car driver to break the 100 mph average lap barrier. The favourite to win the money was the Bathurst pole winner of the past two years, Kevin Bartlett in his 500 bhp (373 kW; 507 PS) V8 Chevrolet Camaro Z28. However, when his co-driver Colin Bond crashed the car due to a tyre blowout, the subsequent repairs put the Camaro's preparation a day behind and its chance was gone.

The Holden Dealer Team had announced Peter Brock to have broken the barrier in qualifying and Browne actually congratulated Brock. However it was revealed that Brock's time of 2:18.1 fell short of 100 mph average. Coincidentally it was Browne's co-driver Allan Grice who pocketed the cash in Friday's qualifying session with a time of 2:17.8 to set the first ever 100 mph lap of the 6.172 km Mount Panorama circuit.

After qualifying 31st and 43rd in 1981, the appearance of the Nissan Bluebird Turbos in the top 10 in qualifying came as a surprise to the V8 fraternity which had dominated the race since 1967, and was a sign of things to come at Bathurst. From 1983, turbo powered cars would qualify first or second in every year other than 1985 until CAMS banned turbos at the end of 1992, with 1983 (Brock in a V8 Holden Commodore VH SS), and 1985 (Tom Walkinshaw's V12 Jaguar XJS) being the only years a turbo powered car did not qualify on pole at Bathurst. The turbos prime year would come in 1989 when all 10 cars in the Saturday morning runoff were turbo powered (nine Fords and one Nissan). Also surprising the V8 runners was four time race winner Allan Moffat who qualified his rotary powered Mazda RX-7 in Hardies Heroes for the second year running.

Pos No Team Driver Car Time
Pole 4 Re-Car Racing   Allan Grice Holden Commodore VH SS 2:17.501
2 05 Marlboro Holden Dealer Team   Peter Brock Holden Commodore VH SS 2:17.836
3 56 Nissan Motor Co.   Masahiro Hasemi Nissan Bluebird Turbo 2:18.870
4 9 Nine Network Racing Team   Kevin Bartlett Chevrolet Camaro Z28 2:18.946
5 16 Re-Car Racing   Garry Rogers Holden Commodore VH SS 2:19.332
6 7 Seiko Watches   Bob Morris Ford XE Falcon 2:19.380
7 17 Palmer Tube Mills   Dick Johnson Ford XE Falcon 2:19.549
8 43 Peter Stuyvesant International Racing   Allan Moffat Mazda RX-7 2:19.761
9 25 Marlboro Holden Dealer Team   John Harvey Holden Commodore VH SS 2:19.764
10 55 Nissan Motor Co.   George Fury Nissan Bluebird Turbo 2:20.613

* The first and only pole position for Allan Grice at Bathurst, and the first of only two times in 26 starts between 1968 and 2002 that he qualified on the front row. He finished 2nd in the 1986 Hardies Heroes, but had been the fastest qualifier going into the runoff.
* Masahiro Hasemi became the first and (as of 2016) only Japanese driver to appear in the runoff.
* 1982 saw the first time a turbocharged car qualified for the runoff. Hasemi and former Australian Rally Champion George Fury qualified their Nissan Motorsport Bluebird Turbos 3rd and 10th respectively
* Nissan became the 5th make of car to appear in Hardies Heroes, following Holden, Ford, Chevrolet and Mazda. The Bluebirds were also the first cars in the runoff to use a 4 cyl engine.
* 1976 race winners Bob Morris and John Fitzpatrick were due to start in their Seiko Watches sponsored Ford XE Falcon after Morris finished 6th in the runoff. Unfortunately during Saturday afternoon's final practice session, Fitzpatrick suffered a broken wheel going into Forrest's Elbow and crashed the car heavily into the bank. The damage was sufficient to see the car withdrawn from the race.


Pos Class No Team Drivers Car Laps Qual
1 A 05 Marlboro Holden Dealer Team   Peter Brock
  Larry Perkins
Holden Commodore VH SS 163 2 2
2 A 4 Re-Car Racing   Allan Grice
  Alan Browne
Holden Commodore VH SS 162 1 1
3 A 25 Marlboro Holden Dealer Team   John Harvey
  Gary Scott
Holden Commodore VH SS 162 4 9
4 A 3 Cadbury Schweppes Pty Ltd.   Peter Janson
  David Parsons
Holden Commodore VH SS 158 17
5 A 31 JPS Team BMW   Jim Richards
  David Hobbs
BMW 635 CSi 157 19
6 A 43 Peter Stuyvesant International Racing   Allan Moffat
  Yoshimi Katayama
Mazda RX-7 156 3 8
7 A 2 Masterton Homes   Steve Masterton
  Bruce Stewart
Ford XE Falcon 155 31
8 B 56 Nissan Motor Co.   Masahiro Hasemi
  Kazuyoshi Hoshino
Nissan Bluebird Turbo 153 5 3
9 A 40 Strongbow Racing Team   Peter McLeod
  Peter Dane
Mazda RX-7 153 22
10 A 35 Ron Gillard   Ron Gillard
  Phil Alexander
Mazda RX-7 149 30
11 A 6 Ron Dickson   Ron Dickson
  Bob Stevens
Chevrolet Camaro Z28 149 23
12 B 50 Barry Seton   Barry Seton
  Don Smith
Ford Capri Mk.III 147 43
13 A 30 Bangalow Motors Pty Ltd   Tony Kavich
  Phil Ward
Mazda RX-7 145 34
14 B 54 Les Grose   Les Grose
  Alan Cant
Ford Capri Mk.III 144 48
15 B 63 Bob Holden Motors   Bob Holden
  Neville Bridges
Ford Escort 2.0 GL 141 50
16 B 53 Chris Heyer   Chris Heyer
  Peter Lander
Audi 5+5 139 52
17 B 57 Walter Scott   Walter Scott
  Peter Walton
Toyota Celica 137 51
18 A 44 Ron Horner   Paul Jones
  Bob Skelton
Mazda RX-7 137 40
19 B 64 Ray Gulson   Ray Gulson
  Bruce Lynton
Alfa Romeo GTV6 136 54
20 A 26 Everlast Battery Service   Bill O'Brien
  Brian Sampson
Ford XD Falcon 134 24
21 A 12 Ron Dickson   Geoff Leeds
  Peter Fitzgerald
Chevrolet Camaro Z28 134 26
22 A 19 Ken Mathews   Ken Mathews
  Greg Toepfer
Holden Commodore VH SS 130 36
DSQ A 17 Palmer Tube Mills   Dick Johnson
  John French
Ford XE Falcon 160 6 7
DSQ A 47 Brian Callaghan Racing   Brian Callaghan
  Bob Muir
Ford XE Falcon 150 18
DNF A 11 Soundwave Discos   Charlie O'Brien
  Clive Benson-Browne
Holden Commodore VH SS 143 28
DNF B 52 Hulcraft Autos   John Craft
  Russell Skaife
Ford Capri Mk.III 132 46
DNF A 37 Eurocars (Northside) P/L   Terry Shiel
  Peter Hopwood
Mazda RX-7 121 20
DNF A 49 Greg Symes   Greg Symes
  Bruce Smith
Holden VB Commodore 121 37
DNF A 10 John Goss Racing   John Goss
  Bob Tullius
Jaguar XJS 119 14
DNF A 16 Re-Car Racing   Ron Wanless
  Garry Rogers
Holden Commodore VH SS 119 9 5
DNF A 38 Gawler, SA   Bernie Stack
  Tony Parkinson
Holden Commodore VH SS 118 35
NC A 46 Rosco Rotary   Ross Burbidge
  Craig Kinmoth
Mazda RX-7 109 45
NC A 32 Scotty Taylor   Alan Taylor
  Kevin Kennedy
Holden VC Commodore 102 39
NC B 60 Country Dealer Team   Jim Faneco
  Allan Gough
Isuzu Gemini ZZ 96 53
DNF A 41 JPS Team BMW   Denny Hulme
  Stephen Brook
BMW 635 CSi 96 38
NC A 21 STP Roadways Racing   Steve Harrington
  Garth Wigston
Holden Commodore VH SS 90 13
DNF A 27 Seiko Watches   Alan Jones
  Barry Jones
Mazda RX-7 88 15
DNF A 20 King George Tavern   Joe Moore
  Graham Moore
Ford XE Falcon 75 42
DNF A 8 Garry Willmington Performance   Garry Willmington
  Mike Griffin
Ford XD Falcon 68 21
DNF B 61 Chickadee Chicken   Graeme Bailey
  Steve Land
Toyota Celica 65 49
DNF A 22 Cullen Automotive Industries   Warren Cullen
  Gary Cooke
Holden Commodore VH SS 54 11
DNF A 29 John Donnelly   John Donnelly
  Ian McGee
Ford XD Falcon 51 44
DNF A 23 Alfred Grant   Alf Grant
  Leo Leonard
Ford XD Falcon 48 33
DNF B 55 Nissan Motor Co.   George Fury
  Fred Gibson
Nissan Bluebird Turbo 40 7 10
DNF A 9 Nine Network Racing Team   Kevin Bartlett
  Colin Bond
Chevrolet Camaro Z28 27 8 4
DNF A 18 Murray Carter Racing   Murray Carter
  Rusty French
Ford XE Falcon 25 32
DNF A 14 John English   John English
  Paul Gulson
Ford XD Falcon 17 25
DNF B 51 Capri Components   Lawrie Nelson
  Peter Jones
Ford Capri Mk.III 17 41
DNF A 33 B.F. Goodrich Australia   Gerry Burges
  Lynn Brown
Mazda RX-7 13 47
DNF A 15 Terry Finnigan   Terry Finnigan
  John Gates
Holden Commodore VH SS 9 12
DNF A 48 Fred Geissler   Fred Geissler
  Ralph Radburn
Holden Commodore VH SS 4 29
DNF A 34 Penrith Mazda Centre P/L   John Duggan
  Don Bretland
Mazda RX-7 4 16
DNF A 28 Bayside Spares   Barry Lawrence
  Geoff Russell
Holden Commodore VH SS 1 27
DNS A 7 Seiko Watches   Bob Morris
  John Fitzpatrick
Ford XE Falcon 10 6
DNS B 62 Gary Leggatt   Gary Leggatt
  Phil McDonnell
Alfa Romeo GTV[5]
DNS A 42 Peter Stuyvesant International Racing   Gregg Hansford
  Lucio Cesario
Mazda RX-7
DNQ[6] A 24 Glenn Molloy   Chris Hones
  Ross Mathiesen
Ford XD Falcon DNQ
DNQ[6] B 58 The Daily Planet   Craig Bradtke
  Graham Harrison
Toyota Celica DNQ


  1. ^ Official Programme, 1982 James Hardie 1000, pages 44 Retrieved from www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au on 12 December 2008
  2. ^ Official Programme, 1982 James Hardie 1000, pages 45 Retrieved from www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au on 12 December 2008
  3. ^ CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, 1982, page 90
  4. ^ Australian Motor Racing Year, 1982/83, page 254
  5. ^ Australian Motor Racing Year, 1982/83, page 230
  6. ^ a b Australia's Greatest Motor Race, 1960-1989, page 312


  • Provisional Pole Position - #4 Allan Grice - 2:17.8
  • Pole Position - #4 Allan Grice - 2:17.501
  • Fastest Lap - #05 Peter Brock - 2:20.1 (lap record)
  • Average Speed - 154 km/h
  • Race Time - 6:32:03.2

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