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Australian Motorsport great, Allan Moffat OBE, will be inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame on Australian sport’s night of nights in October.
Set to be inducted as an Athlete Member into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame on Thursday 11th October, Moffat becomes only the fourth motor racing identity to receive the prestigious accolade alongside Formula 1 greats Alan Jones MBE (1985) and Sir Jack Brabham AO OBE (1985), and his great touring car rival, Peter Brock AM (1997).
An icon of Australian touring car racing, Moffat was a resolute driver and a savvy professional who captivated audiences during one of Australian motorsport’s most competitive eras.
In what was the heyday of touring car racing, Moffat was an intense competitor and from 1965 to 1989 won 32 of his 100 starts, claiming the Australian touring car championship four times. But it was at two of the biggest events on the calendar where Moffat saved his best racing, Bathurst and Sandown, winning four and six times respectively.
Many of those victories were at the expense of his famous rival and good friend, Peter Brock, an adversary Moffat remembers fondly.
“Peter and I were very friendly,” the 78-year-old recalls. “We were both mutually respective of each other, behind the scenes we were best of mates. It made us both better drivers because it pushed us to compete hard… and we very rarely touched each other on the track.”
Moffat’s championship wins were in 1973, 1976, 1977 and 1983, his Bathurst victories in 1970 and 1971, then 1973 with Ian Geoghegan and 1977 with Jacky Ickx, while his Sandown triumphs came in 1964, 1969, 1970, 1974, 1983 and 1988.
But Moffat’s influence on Australian motorsport went well beyond the winner’s podium, bringing a new level of business professionalism to motor racing, pioneering the use of sponsorship in a way that would change the sport forever.
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