Beast Mark 1
jumps a stock looking GTR through the water crossing at
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to the victor go the spoils. Another trophy to young
1970 GTR was raced for half the Rallycross season with a stock engine
and relatively few outward modifications except for the addition of
a roof spoiler. At the midseason point, the car took on a wild
appearance. Large side scoops on the B pillars, rear located
radiator, blower bulge in the front bonnet and an exaggerated rear
spoiler/radiator air scoop. At one event the car arrived with
double rear tyres just like your local Dodge tow truck.
HDT did not touch the bottom end of the motor, the 202 was then
fitted with a blower. While the supercharger boost was relatively
mild according to HDT, it produced 260 BHP at the rear tyres and
some 320 BHP at the flywheel. This engine was very reliable
and was not rebuilt during the season. Apparently, they just
topped up the Castrol GTX as you would in a road car. And yes, Brocky
had to hose the car down between events. We have to keep the
mud off the sponsors mate!
was almost unbeatable in the Beast Mk1 and won many events.
Many will remember that cars were individually started
off handicaps. There were many very different cars and some
very accomplished drivers in opposition to Brock and HDT.
Some characters being:
Ferguson VW, Bruce Colliers Renault R8 Gordini, Dale Thompson’s
MG Midget, Dave Morrows Datsun, Christine Cole Mini, Sue Ransom
Escort, Gerd Kluvatesch Gordini, Peter Mill Bug Inn VW, George Shepherd
XU1, Peter Tett Mini, Chris Heyer VW, Wild Bill Evens Cortina, Warwick
Henderson Monaro, Graham Alexander EH, Peter Robinson Escort, Tony
Roberts Gordini, Rodger Bonhomme Gordini, Gary Byne Mini, Helmet
Goetz Dunsun 180B, and Doug Chivas.
there were many more, in one Calder event in 1973 there was a total
of 73 entries.
several other notable drivers apart from Brock. Colin Bond,
Larry Perkins and Phil Brock all made appearances in the Beast.
at times it looked just too easy for Brock to blast his way through
the field to victory in event after event. Who remembers the
sideways action of the GTR coming off the dirt at Catalina onto
the black stuff? And the sound of the blown 202 around the
top of the hill as it echoed around the park. It was simply
awesome! As a teenager, it looked like the best fun you can
have on four wheels. I bet Brock had lots of fun on his way
to winning his number one status. He certainly entertained
a legion of admiring fans on many a Sunday.