Bathurst 1979: Hardie-Ferodo 1000
2-disc DVD, 529 minutes
© 2014, Distributed by Beyond Home Entertainment

With a still-unbroken record of nine wins at the Bathurst 1000 endurance classic, there’s little doubt why Peter Brock is still known as the ‘King of the Mountain’.

The 1979 Hardie-Ferodo Bathurst 1000 was Brock’s greatest triumph at the Mount Panorama circuit. Paired with Jim Richards in the #5 Holden Dealer Team Torana V8, the pair won the ‘Great Race’ by a whopping six laps in a show of utter domination.

It was the last time the Torana would triumph before Holden introduced its new saloon model, the Commodore. The ’79 classic was initially a dogfight between the Toranas and Ford’s Falcons – led by Allan Moffat’s CX Hardtop – before Brock ultimately broke the entire field after starting from pole position.

It was Brock’s fourth win, and he clocked the fastest lap of the race on his final tour – later claiming that he just wanted to show the qualities of the Torana even after 1000km of racing.

It was an outstanding race for the Toranas, with the sister cars of Peter Janson and Larry Perkins finishing second ahead of Ralph Radburn and John Smith.

This is the first time that the race has been released in its entirety to DVD, with the entire nine-hour broadcast produced in high quality in this two-disc special. This edition runs ‘ad free’, meaning those who recall the race 35 years ago will experience new footage and commentary above what they might remember.

Bathurst 1000: Hardie-Ferodo 1000 is available at all leading and specialty DVD retailers (RRP $29.95 incl GST). Our review copy was kindly supplied to us by Beyond Home Entertainment.

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