Bathurst Drivers: Larry Perkins

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Larry Perkins

Larry Perkins

Larry Perkins


Larry Perkins was born in Murrayville, Victoria on the 18th of March, 1950. He is the son of Redex Australia Trial driver Eddie Perkins. His first race was in Formula Vee in 1970 at Mallala from where he eventually made it to Formula One.

Unfortunately his time in the top grade wasn't with a competitive team and he found his way back to Australia and touring car driving. In 1982 he joined the Marlboro Holden Dealer Team and set about making them damn near invincible. An engineer by trade Perkins has always brought to his teams more than just driving ability.

In 1985 he attempted the Wynn's Safari in a 1964 VW Beetle against the factory backed 4WD's and was lying second until the VW finally fell apart much to relief of his more fancied competitors.

He again went against conventional thinking by putting a 5 year old VL Commodore on the front row of the 1992 grid with the brand new VP Commodore several spots further back!

He became a hero finally in 1993 when he beat the 'villanous' Winfield boys (Skaife & Richards) and backed this up with a heroic last to first place victory in the 1995 race. In 1996 he went back to the future again by racing his VP Commodore instead of the newer VR.
Year
Team
Car
Co Driver
Finished
Privateer Torana A9X Peter Janson 3rd
Privateer Torana A9X Peter Janson 2nd
Privateer Commodore VC Peter Janson 2nd
Privateer Commodore VC Peter Janson engine, lap 67
Marlboro HDT Commodore VH Peter Brock 1st
Marlboro HDT Commodore VH Peter Brock 1st
Marlboro HDT Commodore VK Peter Brock & John Harvey 1st
Greens Tuf Ford Mustang Dick Johnson 7th
Enzed Commodore VK David Parsons 25th
Enzed Commodore VK Denny Hulme accident, lap 2
HSV Commodore VL Denny Hulme & Tom Walkinshaw engine, lap 139
HSV Commodore VL Tomas Mezera 6th
HSV Commodore VN Tomas Mezera 3rd
Mobil Commodore VN Tomas Mezera DNF
Bob Jane T-Marts Commodore VL Steve Harrington 9th
Castrol Racing Commodore VP Gregg Hansford 1st
Castrol Racing Commodore VP Gregg Hansford 3rd
Castrol Racing Commodore VR Russell Ingall 1st
Castrol Racing Commodore VP Russell Ingall 6th
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