VH Commodore SS: The Cop Car that won Bathurst

27 May 2014
This spectacular shot of HDT’s 1983 Bathurst-winning VH SS hammering through The Dipper on two wheels really captures the raw excitement of the late Group C era. These cars looked so tough yet never strayed too far from the road cars on which they were based. And as you can see, their fat race tyres were generating plenty of lateral grip.

“It’s a police car without a siren!” was how Peter Brock described his new VH Commodore SS race car to the press when it was under construction in June 1982. What may have seemed a flippant one-liner in Auto Action was in fact a succinct and accurate summation of how a no-frills road car had served as the starting point for an HDT race car that would win two Bathurst 1000s.

Released in September 1982, the VH SS combined the two best elements of Holden’s V8 police pursuit special – high power with low weight. The Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) approved it as the production car basis for Holden’s new race car.