To quote Australian Muscle Car Magazine “It was a brutal looking beast of a thing – and yet at the same time it was a stylish beautiful race car. It boasted some very sophisticated technology but up front it was a no-nonsense fuel injected Chev 350 V8 grunt. It was the brain child of master race car engineer John Sheppard and it was built especially for touring car race legend Ian “Pete” Geoghegan. It is the Craven-Mild HJ Monaro GTS Sports Sedan and after a painstaking restoration over some 15 years, here it is”
The Monaro started out as a HJ model with a 5.7 litre Chev V8 in 1975 but reverted to HQ trim by the end of the year – reason for the change being the car had fallen foul of the Sports Sedan rules which imposed a 5.1 litre limit on engine capacity unless the car was available with an engine of more that 5.1 litre which the HQ was.
Backed by Tobacco giant WD & HO Wills through its Craven Mild cigarette brand the car had the magical combination of striking good looks and brut power boasting a 550hp, 350 ci small block V8 topped with Lucas mechanical fuel injection. Behind the Chevy was fitted a Hewland transaxle casing and all sitting on 15″ x 10″ GT40 wheels on big Bridgestone slicks …Geoghegan would race the car for the very first time at Calder in 1975 where they were immediate crowd favourites and where they won on debut beating off Bob Jane’s HQ Monaro in an epic battle..
The Geoghegan Monaro would play a key role in the evolution of what today is powerhouse racing team known as Garry Rogers Motorsport. Garry purchased the car in 1977 to replace his Ford Escort and as a driver this purchase elevated Rogers to the National stage and it helped pave the way for his move into touring car racing with a Torana A9X.
Rogers sold the Monaro to Phil Lucas in 1979 who then sold it to Bob Stevens and in 1984 Bob sold it to Mike Bignall. After that it went to Western Australia where Allan McCarthy raced the car before selling it Graham McMinn. McMinn had every intention of restoring the car to its original specs before selling the car to Kerry Turley in Broken Hill in 2006. Kerry has undertaken an extensive 15 year restoration of the car which can be read in detail in the latest Australian Muscle Car Magazine.
To say we are privileged to present this car to the market is an understatement
We would like to extend our thanks to Kerry Turley, Australian Muscle Car Magazine, Jason at Jason Waye Muscle Garage for their assistance and support in bringing this piece of Australian Motor Racing history onto the open market
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