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for us,” says Ashby. “We learnt after the first
one you’ve got to have everything new or
you won’t make the finish. You see the guys
today, they’ve got 50 or 60 people in their
teams, we had eight but we’d still rebuild
the car overnight.
“It was just a massive effort and it wasn’t
like it is today with the working conditions
the teams have now, they’re just fantastic,
we were still in tents. We used to come in
gumboots to Bathurst because you’d walk
out the door and you’d be in mud.”
One thing that worked well for both
Ashby and Reed is that they had a good
handle on where they were and what
they were doing. Some weekend racers at
the time thought they were there to beat
the Johnsons and Brocks and they got
themselves into a fair amount of trouble
by trying to beat the pro-racers, but the
Lansvale boys were aware they were there
for fun, not a living.
“Sometimes we’d feel a bit guilty that we
had a business and we were making money
over here and racing among the profes-
sionals. And we thought always thought we
don’t really want to stuff up their careers,
but they’d say it’s not about that – ‘you
come racing with us, we’d love to have you’.
“It was a good balance for us. If we’d been
more serious about it we would have had
to probably get out of business and do it
full-time like the Jones brothers, and we
were never going to do that. We weren’t
just panel beaters, we did other things in
busi- ness, too, and I think if we just went
racing full-time, we wouldn’t have had time
to do anything else.
“Looking back, I don’t know how we had
the time to do what we did anyway, but it
As amateur racers, professionalism and
evolution was making it harder each year.
And as they hit their 50s, it was time to
step away. They ran Cam McConville in
the car for a bit before selling their license
(an original V8 Supercars one) to Tasman
Motorsport, and held a small shareholding
until that team folded a few years later.
They then moved to Brad Jones Racing
(New South Wales’ last remaining V8
Supercar team) as minor sponsors to keep
some involvement in the sport they love.
“You’ll see the Lansvale Smash Repairs
name on Brad Jones’ car, it’s a little bit at
the back but we use that and we send out
reports to our clients,” says Ashby.
“We’re 96 per cent fleet orientated in our
company and we have 80 to 120 cars there
all the time. So we send out reports to dif-
ferent fleet guys because we’re in the indus-
try where they do like car racing. We take a
bus to Bathurst every year on the Thursday
just for the day with all fleet people, so they
get a taste of Bathurst. They go through
Brad Jones Racing, which is something
they wouldn’t get otherwise.
“It works for our business or we wouldn’t
be doing it. I do like it, but I’m not going
to just pay money to a team because I like
going, I can come and sit on the hill like
everybody else and I’d probably enjoy it
just as much.
“The cars today are amazing. When we
started it was almost a street car with mod-
ifications. You’d buy a body shell and build
it. Then it wasn’t too long before you’d
start building them from the floor pan up.
And they’d still look like a normal car with
a few extra bits on it, in those days I think
it was over 50 or 60 metres of roll bars
through them. They’ve got far more now.
“I wouldn’t even know how to start a car
these days, I look at them and they amaze
me. Totally different. They were always
race cars but they’re very much race cars
After 30 years involvement in the sport,
neither would change anything about how
they went about racing and how much
money they spent on it. They had spon-
sors, Dulux notably, who helped keep the
costs down, but it was still an expensive
hobby for Sydney’s final racing team... and
also perhaps the last amateurs in the main
The Bathurst record will stand the test
of time, but what will also remain is the
respect in which they are held in pitlane.
That’s something they earned.
led the Lansvale
Racing Team in its
final season in 2003.
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