The Immortals of Australian Motor Tacing

The Immortals of Australian Motor Tacing

the Local Heroes

Luke West


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This book takes the Immortals concept made famous in cricket andapplies it to motorsport, choosing the best of the best from Bathurstand the Australian Touring Car Championship (now the Supercars Championship) and other local series.It delves into the careers and characteristics of icons Peter Brock, Allan Moffatand Dick Johnson along with modern-era championssuch as Mark Skaife, Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup: heroes who are not just high achievers but influential identities who set anew benchmark and changed local racing forever through skill, determination and sheer will. It tells the remarkable stories behind each Immortal's rise, from the fabled tale of rock star Johnson to the little-known facts surrounding Lowndes' Bathurst arrival in 1994 that, a few hours earlier, teetered on the brink of disaster. The Immortals of Australian Motor Racing: the Local Heroes is the third instalment in Gelding Street Press's Immortals of Australian Sport series. In it, motorsport writer Luke West gives readers insights into his 10 chosen immortals and their influence on the national scene.


Luke West:
Luke West is a life-long motorsport tragic who has turned his passion into a career. He is an Australian motoring historian with an eye for colourful characters, quirky content and significant moments. He has a special fondness for digging up previously untold stories and bringing them to life. He spent eight years as editor of Australia's favourite retro motoring magazine, Australian Muscle Car, which followed a stint at Auto Action.He spent several seasons as a V8 Supercars on-course announcer, including twice anchoring the Bathurst 1000 PA commentary team.