Classic Bathurst Winning Jaguar Tests at Winton
The 1985 Bathurst-winning Jaguar XJS of Armin Hahne and John Goss made an appearance today at Winton, where it was tested by its owner Mike Roddy in preparation for a likely entry in the Winton Festival of Speed in a fortnight.
The car was one of three Jaguars prepared by Tom Walkinshaw Racing for the 1985 Bathurst 1000. As well as their performances at Bathurst, the TWR Jaguars also raced in many European endurance races, including events at the famous Spa Francorchamps circuit in Belgium and Silverstone in England.
The 1985 Bathurst-winning car last raced in New Zealand in 1987 at the Wellington street race before passing into the hands of a collector in Scotland, where it resided up until quite recently when it was purchased by Roddy.
Roddy has since raced it in various historic Group A races in Australia, including support races for the last-ever Australian Touring Car Championship event at Oran Park in 2008, the Bathurst 12 Hour support races in 2011 and the Australian Grand Prix support races in 2012. The 2011 Bathurst 12 Hour support races were a particular highlight for Roddy, who finished in third place at the circuit where the car had notched up that famous victory some 26 years earlier.
A magnificent example of race-car engineering at the peak of the Group A era, the Jaguar has been restored to its original livery and is expected to be on the racetrack for the Group A / Group C races at the Winton Festival of Speed.
The car is powered by a V12 engine and driven through a Getrag five-speed manual gearbox. According to Roddy, this makes the car powerful, reliable and easy to maintain.
The Group A / Group C races are just one attraction at Winton Festival of Speed, which will be held from August 11-12.
For more information, please visit the Victorian Historic Racing Register website – www.vhrr.com.