Gnoo Blas Classic Car Show – 18 & 19 February 2017

Special Guests

Another incredible line-up of special guests for the show and enthusiasts’ dinner

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Guests for the 2017 show include:

Phil Brock

Phil Brock has had more than 60 race starts

Phil Brock has had more than 60 race starts

Phil and late brother Peter often teamed together in the seventies and eighties in a variety of racing Holdens with a best result of third outright in a Torana L34 in the Hardie Ferodo at Bathurst in 1976.

Phil, better known as ‘Split Pin,’ was the unfortunate member of the Holden Dealer Team quartet who in 1983 missed out on Bathurst laurels when Peter and Larry Perkins switched cars to join John Harvey for a controversial victory.

The brothers teamed up at the Winton 4 Hour event in 2005, a year before the nine-time champion’s death at Targa West. Phil in December 2015 marked 10 years since his last co-driving appearance alongside brother Peter by returning to action at Winton.

He ended a six year spell from competition by racing in the Ken Leigh HQ Holden 4 Hour. He shared a car with former Victorian HQ champion Glen McDonald in a deal put together by Stephen Whyte, who was joined by his brother Richard in the team’s second entry.

The 66-year-old Brock, who says he was looking to settle old scores with those who proved over-eager during their chance to race door-to-door with Peter a decade before, finished a solid seventh. The Whytes were third. Stephen Whyte will also be at Orange for the show.

The four hour race was split into two equal legs, with teams allowed to work on their machines before returning to the grid on Sunday. Phil jumped at the opportunity to drive in the event, whose last race outing came via the Commodore Cup in 2009.

Phil was a stunt driver on the Mad Max (1979) Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) and Prisoner (1979) movies.

Spencer Martin

Spencer Martin checks out Mark Webber's F1 at the Austin GP.

Spencer Martin checks out Mark Webber’s F1 at the Austin GP.

Spencer Martin was one of Australia’s champion open-wheel racers in the 1960s and won two Australian Gold Stars in 1966 and 1967 in a Brabham BT Climax.

He came, conquered and then retired in 1968 to get married and focus on business, returning to the track in the late 1970s and spending the next 20 years racing in historics here and overseas before getting into Porsches in the 2000s.

Spencer entered his first race in 1960 at Gnoo Blas in a self-built Nota. A mechanic by trade, he progressed through the ranks in a Prad Holden sports car and then Appendix J sedans in an FX Holden.

His big break came when he beat Norm Beechey in a touring car race and David McKay offered him a drive with his Scuderia Veloce team in the 1963 Armstrong 500 with Brian Muir. He had a class win in the 1964 Armstrong 500 with Bill Brown.

Spencer joined Scuderia Veloce as a mechanic and driver, acting as head mechanic when the team brought in international drivers for the Tasman Series. He raced the team’s ex-Jack Brabham’s Repco Brabham BT4 Climax as well as a Ferrari 250LM sports car, winning the 1965 Six Hour Le Mans with McKay in the Ferrari. He was also third in the Ferrari in the Australian Tourist Trophy in 1965 and 1966.

After a top 10 championship finish in the 1966 Tasman Series, he joined Bob Jane’s team and drove his Brabham BT11 to victory in the 1966 and 1967 Gold Star championship. After a short break he returned to touring car endurance races including the 1969 three-hour for the Holden Dealer Team.

In 1979 Spencer returned to Scuderia Veloce, racing a Volvo 242GT touring car in the Bathurst 1000 that led to historic sports car racing overseas in the 1980s and 1990s in Europe and North America. He returned to Bathurst in 1993, co-driving with his son Matthew in a Bob Holden-entered Toyota Corolla in the Tooheys 1000. Spencer continues to race historics.

On Sunday morning February 19 we’re going on a short scenic drive on Ophir Rd past Banjo Paterson’s birthplace and on to ex-Bulldog Peter Mortimer’s winery at March for morning tea. From there to Orange’s Botanic Gardens for the pre-packed picnic lunch.


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