Layout of the Mount Panorama Circuit (1938-1986)

The 1982 James Hardie 1000 was the 23rd running of the Bathurst 1000 touring car race. It was held on 3 October 1982 at the Mount Panorama Circuit just outside Bathurst in New South Wales, Australia. The race, which was Round 3 of both the 1982 Australian Endurance Championship and the 1982 Australian Endurance Championship of Makes, was open to cars eligible to the locally developed CAMS Group C touring car regulations with two engine capacity based classes.

The race was won by Peter Brock and Larry Perkins of the Holden Dealer Team driving a Holden Commodore. It was Brock's sixth victory, a record, the Holden Dealer Team's sixth win and the first win in the race for a car carrying a Racecam unit. Holden Commodores filled the top four positions, but only after Dick Johnson was disqualified after originally finishing in fourth spot. Brock and Perkins finished a lap ahead of Allan Grice and Alan Browne. It was the second time Grice had finished second but had yet to win. The second Holden Dealer Team Commodore of John Harvey and Gary Scott finished third, equalling the best previous performance of the HDT, their first in 1969.

Class structure

Class A

Bartlett/Bond Chevrolet Camaro

Officially designated as the Over 3000cc class,[1] it featured the V8 Holden Commodores, Ford Falcons and Chevrolet Camaros. Also in this class were the Mazda RX-7s, the factory supported BMW 635CSis and a Jaguar XJS.

Class B

Officially designated as the Under 3000cc class,[2] it featured the turbo charged Nissan Bluebirds, considerably quicker than the opposition made up of Ford Capris, Alfa Romeo GTV6s, and an Audi 5+5 plus cars from the previously featured 2.0 litre class, i.e. Toyota Celicas, Ford Escorts and Isuzu Geminis.

As a round of the Australian Endurance Championship there was also a secondary class structure applied which divided cars into four engine capacity classes.

  • Up to 1600cc
  • 1601 to 2000cc
  • 2001 to 3000cc
  • 3001 to 6000cc[3]

There were no starters in the Up to 1600cc class.[4]

Hardies Heroes

In official qualifying, Re-Car team owner and driver Alan Browne put up a $5,000 reward for the first Touring Car driver to break the 100 mph average lap barrier. The favourite to win the money was the Bathurst pole winner of the past two years, Kevin Bartlett in his 500 bhp (373 kW; 507 PS) V8 Chevrolet Camaro Z28. However, when his co-driver Colin Bond crashed the car due to a tyre blowout, the subsequent repairs put the Camaro's preparation a day behind and its chance was gone.

The Holden Dealer Team had announced Peter Brock to have broken the barrier in qualifying and Browne actually congratulated Brock. However it was revealed that Brock's time of 2:18.1 fell short of 100 mph average. Coincidentally it was Browne's co-driver Allan Grice who pocketed the cash in Friday's qualifying session with a time of 2:17.8 to set the first ever 100 mph lap of the 6.172 km Mount Panorama circuit.

After qualifying 31st and 43rd in 1981, the appearance of the Nissan Bluebird Turbos in the top 10 in qualifying came as a surprise to the V8 fraternity which had dominated the race since 1967, and was a sign of things to come at Bathurst. From 1983, turbo powered cars would qualify first or second in every year other than 1985 until CAMS banned turbos at the end of 1992, with 1983 (Brock in a V8 Holden Commodore VH SS), and 1985 (Tom Walkinshaw's V12 Jaguar XJS) being the only years a turbo powered car did not qualify on pole at Bathurst. The turbos prime year would come in 1989 when all 10 cars in the Saturday morning runoff were turbo powered (nine Fords and one Nissan). Also surprising the V8 runners was four time race winner Allan Moffat who qualified his rotary powered Mazda RX-7 in Hardies Heroes for the second year running.

Pos No Team Driver Car Time
Pole 4 Re-Car Racing Australia Allan Grice Holden Commodore VH SS 2:17.501
2 05 Marlboro Holden Dealer Team Australia Peter Brock Holden Commodore VH SS 2:17.836
3 56 Nissan Motor Co. Japan Masahiro Hasemi Nissan Bluebird Turbo 2:18.870
4 9 Nine Network Racing Team Australia Kevin Bartlett Chevrolet Camaro Z28 2:18.946
5 16 Re-Car Racing Australia Garry Rogers Holden Commodore VH SS 2:19.332
6 7 Seiko Watches Australia Bob Morris Ford XE Falcon 2:19.380
7 17 Palmer Tube Mills Australia Dick Johnson Ford XE Falcon 2:19.549
8 43 Peter Stuyvesant International Racing Canada Allan Moffat Mazda RX-7 2:19.761
9 25 Marlboro Holden Dealer Team Australia John Harvey Holden Commodore VH SS 2:19.764
10 55 Nissan Motor Co. Australia George Fury Nissan Bluebird Turbo 2:20.613

* The first and only pole position for Allan Grice at Bathurst, and the first of only two times in 26 starts between 1968 and 2002 that he qualified on the front row. He finished 2nd in the 1986 Hardies Heroes, but had been the fastest qualifier going into the runoff.
* Masahiro Hasemi became the first and (as of 2020) only Japanese driver to appear in the runoff.
* 1982 saw the first time a turbocharged car qualified for the runoff. Hasemi and former Australian Rally Champion George Fury qualified their Nissan Motorsport Bluebird Turbos 3rd and 10th respectively
* Nissan became the 5th make of car to appear in Hardies Heroes, following Holden, Ford, Chevrolet and Mazda. The Bluebirds were also the first cars in the runoff to use a 4 cyl engine.
* 1976 race winners Bob Morris and John Fitzpatrick were due to start in their Seiko Watches sponsored Ford XE Falcon after Morris finished 6th in the runoff. Unfortunately during Saturday afternoon's final practice session, Fitzpatrick suffered a broken wheel going into Forrest's Elbow and crashed the car heavily into the bank. The damage was sufficient to see the car withdrawn from the race.


Pos Class No Team Drivers Car Laps Qual
1 A 05 Marlboro Holden Dealer Team Australia Peter Brock
Australia Larry Perkins
Holden Commodore VH SS 163 2 2
2 A 4 Re-Car Racing Australia Allan Grice
Australia Alan Browne
Holden Commodore VH SS 162 1 1
3 A 25 Marlboro Holden Dealer Team Australia John Harvey
Australia Gary Scott
Holden Commodore VH SS 162 4 9
4 A 3 Cadbury Schweppes Pty Ltd. New Zealand Peter Janson
Australia David Parsons
Holden Commodore VH SS 158 17
5 A 31 JPS Team BMW New Zealand Jim Richards
United Kingdom David Hobbs
BMW 635 CSi 157 19
6 A 43 Peter Stuyvesant International Racing Canada Allan Moffat
Japan Yoshimi Katayama
Mazda RX-7 156 3 8
7 A 2 Masterton Homes Australia Steve Masterton
Australia Bruce Stewart
Ford XE Falcon 155 31
8 B 56 Nissan Motor Co. Japan Masahiro Hasemi
Japan Kazuyoshi Hoshino
Nissan Bluebird Turbo 153 5 3
9 A 40 Strongbow Racing Team Australia Peter McLeod
Australia Peter Dane
Mazda RX-7 153 22
10 A 35 Ron Gillard Australia Ron Gillard
Australia Phil Alexander
Mazda RX-7 149 30
11 A 6 Ron Dickson Australia Ron Dickson
Australia Bob Stevens
Chevrolet Camaro Z28 149 23
12 B 50 Barry Seton Australia Barry Seton
Australia Don Smith
Ford Capri Mk.III 147 43
13 A 30 Bangalow Motors Pty Ltd Australia Tony Kavich
Australia Phil Ward
Mazda RX-7 145 34
14 B 54 Les Grose Australia Les Grose
Australia Alan Cant
Ford Capri Mk.III 144 48
15 B 63 Bob Holden Motors Australia Bob Holden
Australia Neville Bridges
Ford Escort 2.0 GL 141 50
16 B 53 Chris Heyer Australia Chris Heyer
Australia Peter Lander
Audi 5+5 139 52
17 B 57 Walter Scott Australia Walter Scott
Australia Peter Walton
Toyota Celica 137 51
18 A 44 Ron Horner Australia Paul Jones
Australia Bob Skelton
Mazda RX-7 137 40
19 B 64 Ray Gulson Australia Ray Gulson
Australia Bruce Lynton
Alfa Romeo GTV6 136 54
20 A 26 Everlast Battery Service Australia Bill O'Brien
Australia Brian Sampson
Ford XD Falcon 134 24
21 A 12 Ron Dickson Australia Geoff Leeds
Australia Peter Fitzgerald
Chevrolet Camaro Z28 134 26
22 A 19 Ken Mathews Australia Ken Mathews
Australia Greg Toepfer
Holden Commodore VH SS 130 36
DSQ A 17 Palmer Tube Mills Australia Dick Johnson
Australia John French
Ford XE Falcon 160 6 7
DSQ A 47 Brian Callaghan Racing Australia Brian Callaghan
Australia Bob Muir
Ford XE Falcon 150 18
DNF A 11 Soundwave Discos Australia Charlie O'Brien
United Kingdom Clive Benson-Browne
Holden Commodore VH SS 143 28
DNF B 52 Hulcraft Autos Australia John Craft
Australia Russell Skaife
Ford Capri Mk.III 132 46
DNF A 37 Eurocars (Northside) P/L Australia Terry Shiel
Australia Peter Hopwood
Mazda RX-7 121 20
DNF A 49 Greg Symes Australia Greg Symes
New Zealand Bruce Smith
Holden VB Commodore 121 37
DNF A 10 John Goss Racing Australia John Goss
United States Bob Tullius
Jaguar XJS 119 14
DNF A 16 Re-Car Racing Australia Ron Wanless
Australia Garry Rogers
Holden Commodore VH SS 119 9 5
DNF A 38 Gawler, SA Australia Bernie Stack
Australia Tony Parkinson
Holden Commodore VH SS 118 35
NC A 46 Rosco Rotary Australia Ross Burbidge
Australia Craig Kinmoth
Mazda RX-7 109 45
NC A 32 Scotty Taylor Australia Alan Taylor
Australia Kevin Kennedy
Holden VC Commodore 102 39
NC B 60 Country Dealer Team Australia Jim Faneco
Australia Allan Gough
Isuzu Gemini ZZ 96 53
DNF A 41 JPS Team BMW New Zealand Denny Hulme
Australia Stephen Brook
BMW 635 CSi 96 38
NC A 21 STP Roadways Racing Australia Steve Harrington
Australia Garth Wigston
Holden Commodore VH SS 90 13
DNF A 27 Seiko Watches Australia Alan Jones
Australia Barry Jones
Mazda RX-7 88 15
DNF A 20 King George Tavern Australia Joe Moore
Australia Graham Moore
Ford XE Falcon 75 42
DNF A 8 Garry Willmington Performance Australia Garry Willmington
Australia Mike Griffin
Ford XD Falcon 68 21
DNF B 61 Chickadee Chicken Australia Graeme Bailey
Australia Steve Land
Toyota Celica 65 49
DNF A 22 Cullen Automotive Industries Australia Warren Cullen
Australia Gary Cooke
Holden Commodore VH SS 54 11
DNF A 29 John Donnelly Australia John Donnelly
Australia Ian McGee
Ford XD Falcon 51 44
DNF A 23 Alfred Grant Australia Alf Grant
New Zealand Leo Leonard
Ford XD Falcon 48 33
DNF B 55 Nissan Motor Co. Australia George Fury
Australia Fred Gibson
Nissan Bluebird Turbo 40 7 10
DNF A 9 Nine Network Racing Team Australia Kevin Bartlett
Australia Colin Bond
Chevrolet Camaro Z28 27 8 4
DNF A 18 Murray Carter Racing Australia Murray Carter
Australia Rusty French
Ford XE Falcon 25 32
DNF A 14 John English Australia John English
Australia Paul Gulson
Ford XD Falcon 17 25
DNF B 51 Capri Components Australia Lawrie Nelson
Australia Peter Jones
Ford Capri Mk.III 17 41
DNF A 33 B.F. Goodrich Australia Australia Gerry Burges
Australia Lynn Brown
Mazda RX-7 13 47
DNF A 15 Terry Finnigan Australia Terry Finnigan
Australia John Gates
Holden Commodore VH SS 9 12
DNF A 48 Fred Geissler Australia Fred Geissler
Australia Ralph Radburn
Holden Commodore VH SS 4 29
DNF A 34 Penrith Mazda Centre P/L Australia John Duggan
Australia Don Bretland
Mazda RX-7 4 16
DNF A 28 Bayside Spares Australia Barry Lawrence
Australia Geoff Russell
Holden Commodore VH SS 1 27
DNS A 7 Seiko Watches Australia Bob Morris
United Kingdom John Fitzpatrick
Ford XE Falcon 10 6
DNS B 62 Gary Leggatt Australia Gary Leggatt
Australia Phil McDonnell
Alfa Romeo GTV[5]
DNS A 42 Peter Stuyvesant International Racing Australia Gregg Hansford
Australia Lucio Cesario
Mazda RX-7
DNQ[6] A 24 Glenn Molloy Australia Chris Hones
Australia Ross Mathiesen
Ford XD Falcon DNQ
DNQ[6] B 58 The Daily Planet Australia Craig Bradtke
Australia Graham Harrison
Toyota Celica DNQ


  1. ^ Official Programme, 1982 James Hardie 1000, pages 44 Retrieved from on 12 December 2008
  2. ^ Official Programme, 1982 James Hardie 1000, pages 45 Retrieved from on 12 December 2008
  3. ^ CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, 1982, page 90
  4. ^ Australian Motor Racing Year, 1982/83, page 254
  5. ^ Australian Motor Racing Year, 1982/83, page 230
  6. ^ a b Australia's Greatest Motor Race, 1960–1989, page 312


  • Provisional Pole Position - #4 Allan Grice - 2:17.8
  • Pole Position - #4 Allan Grice - 2:17.501
  • Fastest Lap - #05 Peter Brock - 2:20.1 (lap record)
  • Average Speed - 154 km/h
  • Race Time - 6:32:03.2

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