The Monaro 427C which won the 2003 Bathurst 24 Hour has gone on display at the National Motor Racing Museum (NMRM) at Mount Panorama.
The seven-litre Holden not only has the distinction of having won the second of only two Bathurst 24 Hour races, it is also Peter Brock’s last Bathurst winner.
Brock shared victory with Greg Murphy, Jason Bright, and Todd Kelly in a Holden Motorsport one-two, with both the #05 and #427 Monaros completing 527 laps of Mount Panorama.
The ‘red Monaro’, one of three of the two-door Holdens of their type, is now owned by a collector and is set to spend around 12 months on exhibition at the museum.
“We got offered it by the owner about six weeks ago and it’s just one of those things that we try and rotate the vehicles in the display through and obviously give people a reason to come back again and again,” NMRM coordinator Brad Owen told Speedcafe.com.
Car #427, the ‘yellow Monaro’, won the race a year earlier in the hands of the same four drivers when Garth Tander, Steven Richards, Cameron McConville, and Nathan Pretty notched up 532 laps of the 6.213km circuit, 23 more than the Mosler which finished second.
The Monaros, which also raced in Nations Cup, were controversial given that no such car was sold with a seven-litre engine as standard.
Garry Rogers Motorsport ran the program for Holden and owns the 2002 race winner, which sits on a mezzanine level in its Melbourne workshop.