Allan Moffat

Allan Moffat

10/11/1939

Moffat won Bathurst in 1970, 1971 and 1973, as well as the Australian Touring Car Championship in 1973, 1976 and 1977 in a Ford, as well as 1983 in a Mazda. Moffat has also won saloon car championships in the USA, an outright win at the Sebring 12 Hours as well as class wins at Le Mans, Daytona and the Spa 24-Hour race.

Allan Moffat is truly one of Australia’s motor sports legends. He established new levels of professionalism for the sport in this country, as he led Ford’s official attack in the late 1960’s and early 70’s. During this period he won Bathurst in 1970, ’71 and '73, as well as the Australian Touring Car Championship in 1973.

After Ford’s official withdrawal from racing, Moffat continued to fly the Blue Oval’s flag winning the Australian Touring Car Championship again in 1976 and ’77. 1977 will also be remembered for the famous one-two win for his Falcon team when he was teamed with the great Belgian Jackie Ickx.

Moffat switched to Mazda in the early 1980's, winning the Touring Car title in 1983 and the endurance championship the following year.

The end of the Group C era saw Moffat sit out the 1985 season, before a return with former arch-rival Peter Brock and the Holden Dealer Team in 1986. In 1987 he took victory in the opening round of the World Touring Car Championship at Monza in Italy.

For Bathurst that year his Ford Sierra took pole against the world’s best teams.

In 1988 and ’89, Moffat’s Sierra was a strong performer winning pole at both Sandown and Bathurst. With German ace Klaus Niedzwiedz and the late Gregg Hansford joining Moffat aboard the Sierra in 1988, he came painfully close to winning before late mechanical dramas.

1989 saw the team finish runner-up to fellow Ford stars Dick Johnson and John Bowe, but he did etch his final victory that year in the Fuji 500 in Japan.

As well as his numerous Australian titles, Moffat has taken saloon car championships in the USA, an outright win at the famous Sebring 12 Hour, Le Mans, Daytona and Spa 24-Hour class wins as well as being named an OBE in 1978 for exceptional services to motor sport.

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