ONE of Australia’s best racing drivers, who made his debut in a Morris Minor at Gnoo Blas in 1958, will return for this year’s Gnoo Blas car show in Jack Brabham Park on February 12.
The Minor belonged to Kevin Bartlett’s mother and she didn’t know he had taken it racing that weekend.
While Mr Bartlett wasn’t placed at this event he went on to win the Australian championship in 1968 and then Bathurst with John Goss in 1974.
He had several serious crashes throughout his career but recovered to qualify on pole position at Bathurst in 1980 and 1981 in a huge Camaro, but, after running third behind the Commodores of Peter Brock and John Grice, rolled it on top of the mountain after a rim split.
Gnoo Blas Classic Car Club president Denis Gregory said Mr Bartlett was looking forward to coming back to Gnoo Blas all these years later.
“The Gnoo Blas Classic Car Club runs the annual show to keep alive the history of the old Gnoo Blas motor racing circuit, which chalked up a number of firsts in the nine years it operated,” he said.
“The theme this year will be the first FIA sanctioned international meeting in Australia in 1955 and the South Pacific Championship series for racing, sports and sedan cars.”
Other guests for the show and dinner include Australia’s first Formula One driver and Spitfire ace Tony Gaze and Dick Cobden who drove Ferraris at the international meeting, Paul Samuels, Syd Howard and Bob Holden.
Other drivers from the South Pacific series will also be at the show.
“We’ve got a fantastic line-up, they’re all legends in their own right, we’re lucky to be able to get them here,” Mr Gregory said.
“Tony Gaze will prove a big drawcard to anyone that considers themselves to be a genuine motor enthusiast.”
Mr Gregory said this year’s event will be held in a flat area on the western side of Jack Brabham Park.