Perth Speed Fest: Robert Jordan revved up for show

Le Mans-style 1982 BMW C81 Group C race car.
Le Mans-style 1982 BMW C81 Group C race car.

ROBERT Jordan has a car collection the envy of any motorsport historian.

The Sorrento resident is looking to display two of his six historic racing cars at the Perth Speed Fest Motor Show in December.

His Le Mans-style 1982 BMW C81 Group C race car and a 1973 Brabham BT41 Formula 3 vehicle have an accomplished racing record on international circuits.

He still races them, not believing in letting dust settle on his vehicles.

“Driving these race cars is a huge adrenaline rush,” he said. “You are normally sitting 40mm off the road surface, and the speed and acceleration is breath-taking.

“The competitive spirit is always present with wheel to wheel racing – you can’t help but want to get to the front and stay there.

“I love the historic race cars from the 1960 to 1980 era. The manufacturers’ designs, particularly in relation to aerodynamics and style, were unique. Each model of car had character.

“All race cars require some form of restoration to ensure the mechanical condition of the car before a race meet.

“Everyone has their own version of ‘race ready’ and this depends on how much they prepared to risk their lives on the mechanical soundness of the car, but my cars have every nut and bolt replaced before they hit the track.”

On race days the cars attract plenty of attention from the crowd intrigued about the vehicle’s history and ability.

“The general public often marvel and make comment about the engineering of these cars, which sees them still handle the same and achieve the same speed that they did 20 to 30 years ago.”

Attendees will have an opportunity to give their favourite Perth Speed Fest Motor Show vehicle an official ‘thumbs up’ with a vote in the ‘People’s Choice Award’ via the soon-to-be-released Perth Speed Fest app, and a specialist judging panel will also be awarding ‘Best in Show’, ‘Best in Era’ and ‘Best Dressed’.

The Perth Speed Fest Motor Show is an opportunity for enthusiasts such as Mr Jordan to showcase their vehicles.

Organisers will select about 200 vehicles for inclusion with a range of eras, from pristine pre-1940s historic vehicles to modern supercars.

“The Motor Show is more than a show and shine, it’s a moving visual feast – cars and bikes will be on display for all to admire, and then, by category, they will participate in parade laps along the Tarmac,” Perth Speed Fest event manager Greg McNeil said.

The Motor Show is just one component of the Perth Speed Fest which is inspired by the UK’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The event showcases a wide range of motorsport disciplines such as drag, motocross rally, drift, speedway and stunt bikes, with spectators being able to look forward to seeing of Australia’s biggest names in motorsport in action such as F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo, V8 Supercar drivers Will and Alex Davison, MotoGP rider Jack Miller, F1 legend Alan Jones, rally champion Alister McRae, motorsport broadcaster Greg Rust and V8 pit lane reporter, Perth’s own Riana Crehan.

Applications for the Perth Speed Fest Motor Show close on October 26 and forms can be found at www.perthspeedfest.com in the What’s On tab.

Perth Speed Fest will be held on December 13 at the Perth Motorplex. Tickets through www.perthspeedfest.com