New Monaro being built for Bathurst International
Garry Rogers Motorsport is building a new Holden Monaro for this November’s Bathurst International. Identical to the Bathurst 24 Hour-winning pair from 2002 and 2003, the 427C-spec Monaro will be driven by team-owner Garry Rogers at the event.
Speaking with Speedcafe.com, Garry Rogers said the project came about due to an array of circumstances. “We had a skeleton staff back there, we were tidying up some things, throwing some gear out, just getting a bit more organised, and we came across all that (unused Monaro parts). It reminded (Garry) that back in the day they were going to build another one, (and he said) ‘We’ve got a fair bit of gear here, so let’s get into it.’ Obviously, it falls into place and the fact that that event’s happening in November. Let’s hope, by then, we can have some crowds and people can come out and enjoy it.”
The yellow Monaro, which is set to return from an exhibition at the National Motor Racing Museum, will be used as a reference for the project. Garry Rogers confirmed that while the majority of materials have been covered, some items are still required. The team subsequently got in contact with Ron Harrop for the original project blueprints. They also contacted Hollinger, who will build the exact gearbox run in the original Monaro racer.
Garth Tander, Steven Richards, Cameron McConville, and Nathan Pretty won the 2002 Bathurst 24 Hour, while Peter Brock, Greg Murphy, Todd Kelly, and Jason Bright won the 2003 iteration.
Source: Speedcafe.com / Image: National Motor Racing Museum