Dave chats with Author Luke West and his new book In Immortals of Australian Motor Racing: the local heroes (Gelding Street Press, $39.99), renowned motoring historian Luke West celebrates the stories of the greatest ever Aussie drivers across the decades. West takes the Immortals concept made famous elsewhere in sport and applies it to motor racing, choosing the best of the best from Bathurst, the Australian Touring Car Championship (now Supercars) and other competitions.
West delves into the careers of domestic racing icons Peter Brock, Allan Moffat and Dick Johnson along with modern-era champions like Mark Skaife, Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup. These heroes are not just high achievers but influential identities who set a new benchmark and have changed local racing forever. The book details the remarkable stories behind each Immortal’s rise, from the fabled tale of rock star Johnson to the little-known facts surrounding Lowndes’ Bathurst arrival in 1994 that, a few hours earlier, teetered on the brink of disaster.
Lavishly designed with full colour photos, Immortals of Australian Motor Racing is a must-read for any motorsport tragic, and makes a perfect Father’s Day gift.
Author Luke West is a life-long motorsport tragic and Australian motoring historian. He has a special fondness for digging up previously untold stories and bringing them to life. He spent eight years as editor of Australia’s favourite retro motoring magazine, Australian Muscle Car, which followed a stint at Auto Action. He spent several seasons as a V8 Supercars oncourse announcer, including twice anchoring the Bathurst 1000 PA commentary team.