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Lowndes, Murph & HRT 033

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AMC spotlights the 1996 Bathurst 1000 – when Aussie touring car racing changed forever. Craig Lowndes and Greg Murphy were elevated to superstar status, ushering in a new generation of driver. Issue #90 tracks the life story of the car they drove, HRT 033, and its place in racing history. To say that one single car made a driver’s career or its creation can be pinpointed as the key pillar upon which a team’s ascension to the throne as ‘V8 Kings’ was built is most certainly a big call. But when Lowndes and Murphy both agree that the Holden Racing Team’s ‘Supercar’ VR Commodore built in 1996 fits the bill for both of those assertions, it’s bloody difficult to argue the point. This year is the 20th anniversary of the duo claiming the endurance double at Sandown and Bathurst. It’s also the 20th anniversary of a breakthrough blue ribbon season for HRT where it also claimed the Australian Touring Car Championship for the first time, with Lowndes, as well as the end-of-year Mobil Series in New Zealand with Murphy.

Allan Moffat and Bob Jane 1971

Allan Moffat and Bob Jane Lead Them Away

Allan Moffat and Bob Jane lead them away in the final round of the 1971 Australian Touring Car Championship before a capacity crowd at Oran Park.  more>