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So i thought i'd start a conversation on the Nations Cup GT3's to see what history we can dig up... I know some members on here are current owners of the MK1 996 GT3's that raced in the day so hopefully they can contribute. Back then i was a mechanic along side some mates of mine in Porsche GT3 teams so i know most of the cars but it would be interesting to know where 14 or so GT3 Clubsports are now?

Anyone got photos or stories feel free to contribute? 

 

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Good work mate! Would be great to try and locate any of these cars. 

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Looking forward to what is uncovered on this subject. 

For the uninitiated (myself included), I have included a Wikipedia link to the year 2000 race series:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2000_Australian_Nations_Cup_Championship

Looks like 6 of the top 10 finishers were 996 GT3s ?

 

 2000 Australian Nations Cup Championship:

Position [4] Driver [4] No. Car [5] [8] [6] Entrant [5] Ade Eas Can Que Ora Cal Gol Mou Total [4]
1 Jim Richards 1 Porsche 911 GT3 Type 996 Jim Richards 24 23 34 24 30 20 40 29 224
2 Peter Fitzgerald 3 Porsche 911 GT3 Type 996 Falken Tyres 8 18 37 - 13 31 34 21 162
3 Mark Noske 4 Ferrari 360 Modena Challenge Prancing Horse Racing 26 27 30 - 12 24 18 23 160
4 Paul Stokell 666 Lamborghini Diablo SVR Team Lamborghini Australia 23 15 8 25 5 12 24 35 147
5 Peter Bradbury 14 Porsche 911 GT3 Type 996 TNT 7 14 8 9 20 12 21 26 117
6 Mark Williamson 80 Porsche 911 GT3 Type 996 Mark Williamson 4 8 30 7 7 8 22 15 101
7 Christian Jones 44 Ferrari 360 Modena Challenge Prancing Horse Racing - - - 13 16 8 18 8 63
8 Geoff Morgan 12 Dodge Viper ACR monster.com - 9 2 14 7 8 - 15 55
9 Wayne Park 10
28 & 27
Porsche 911 GT3 Type 996
Ferrari 360 Modena Challenge
Peter Harburg
Ross Palmer Motorsport
4 - 14 26 10 - - - 54
10 Steve Webb 22 Porsche 911 GT3 Type 996 Steve Webb 15 5 1 - 10 - - - 31
11 Darren Palmer 27 Ferrari 360 Modena Challenge Ross Palmer Motorsport 6 7 9 - - - - - 22
12 Greg Keene 21 Porsche 911 GT3 Type 996 Greg Keene 9 4 4 - - 1 3 - 21
13 Rusty French 6 Dodge Viper ACR Rusty French - 1 2 - - - 6 9 18
14 Matthew Coleman 62 Porsche 911 GT3 Type 996 Matthew Coleman - - - - - - - 16 16
15 Max Warwick 83 Porsche 911 GT3 Type 996 Max Warwick - - 11 - 2 - - - 13
16 Darcy Russell 7 Dodge Viper ACR Rusty French 1 - 7 - - 1 - 1 10
17 Jim Zerefos 22 Porsche 911 GT3 Type 996   - - - - - 8 - - 8
Tony Quinn 43 Porsche 911 GT3 Type 996 Tony Quinn - - - - - - 7 1 8
19 Ed Aitken 8 Porsche 911 RSCS Type 993 Ed Aitken 4 2 - - - - - - 6
20 Rick Bates 42 Porsche 911 RSCS Type 993 monster.com - - - - - - 5 - 5
21 Peter Harburg 91 Porsche 911 GT3 Type 996 Peter Harburg - - - 3 - - - - 3
22 Mike Reedy 81 Porsche 911 GT3 Type 996 Mark Williamson 2 - - - - - - - 2
Takeshi Nakamaru 81 Porsche 911 GT3 Type 996 Mark Williamson - - 1 1 - - - - 2
24 Michael Simpson 23 BMW M3-R Bruce Lynton - - 1 - - - - - 1
Mike Conway 79 Dodge Viper ACR Mike Conway - - - - 1 - - - 1
Beric Lynton 23 BMW M3-R Beric Lynton - - - - - - 1 - 1

  

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I am the current owner of the TNT car you can see in the bottom RHS of the poster. It's done a very careful 21,000 race km's.....ha ha.....here it is at Targa High Country & will be running again this year. It's a wonderful car, I love it !!

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Here it is racing in period....lots of footage from about the 6 minute mark....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_m-PJpMynCs

 

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Ok, so I have the Matt Coleman car. He bought in Oct of 2000 from Jim Mckewon and did a few races in that year. Will share some pictures of the car when Jim had it. Have been unable to locate pictures while Matt owned it, maybe some guys on here will be able to help. Car was purchased new by Jim from PCM the sent to Fitzy for conversion to race car. Was log booked as a 3.9 - so a bit of extra power right from the start.  

The guy I bought it from owns the Falken tyres car pictured also, that car is located in Melbourne.

Great thread

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9 hours ago, MR901 said:

Here it is racing in period....lots of footage from about the 6 minute mark....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_m-PJpMynCs

 

 

Our car looked very second hand after that Gold Coast weekend, race 3 got messy the rear of the car was bad... i can't find youtube the footage anymore 

 

 

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9 hours ago, MR901 said:

I am the current owner of the TNT car you can see in the bottom RHS of the poster. It's done a very careful 21,000 race km's.....ha ha.....here it is at Targa High Country & will be running again this year. It's a wonderful car, I love it !!

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Here it is racing in period....lots of footage from about the 6 minute mark....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_m-PJpMynCs

 

Was Steven Webb the original driver of the TNT car ?

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11 minutes ago, Raven said:

Was Steven Webb the original driver of the TNT car ?

No Steve Webb had his own Silver GT3 #22

 

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46 minutes ago, Jason A said:

The guy I bought it from owns the Falken tyres car pictured also, that car is located in Melbourne.

 

Peter had 3 ex nations cup GT3's, you've now picked up one, I believe he has the other 2 (Falken & a silver/grey one). Yours is speed yellow? 

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1 hour ago, James P said:

No Steve Webb had his own Silver GT3 #22

 

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ok for some reason I thought he drove the TNT must be the orange stripes on his car ..............great image ..

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@hugh - Yes speed yellow in the day,

Just checked the log book for events

2000 JMK bought new and converted car ( via Fitzy) eastern creek, debuet, then hidden valley, sundown, then sold to Matt Coleman. He did Bathurst & AGP race that year

2001 AGP, PI and Oran Park only then no more for the rest of season.

2002 car did full season with Matt Coleman and won the series 

Car then mostly retired to non profesional events after this as the factory Cup Cars arrived and most of these early cars non eligible to run without heavy modifications. Matt bought a factory cup car for 03 and my car was not run that year.

2004 sold off to John Kaisis

2005 Fitzy bought it and used as a promo / happy laps car for 5 years

Then PCM club events until I got it 2017

10 minutes ago, Raven said:

ok for some reason I thought he drove the TNT must be the orange stripes on his car ..............great image ..

That may well be my car next to the silver car - bit difficult but in the log book it is there and was yellow

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I find this all very interesting! :rolleyes::)

This is the ex Fitzy Falken car I very nearly purchased when it was for sale out of WA. 

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As Jason mentioned, the car is now back in Vic. 

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2 hours ago, Jason A said:

That may well be my car next to the silver car - bit difficult but in the log book it is there and was yellow

No Its Jimmy's car.. this was the podium spots after a race back when we had more time to celebrate with the cars on the grid 

1 hour ago, hugh said:

I find this all very interesting! :rolleyes::)

Your not alone...

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That,s what I thought Richards had an all yellow OAMP sponsored 996 gt3 at one stage ....

 

found this image online 

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Awesome thread! I remember watching these cars at Clipsal as a kid.

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On 7/7/2018 at 8:59 AM, James P said:

No Steve Webb had his own Silver GT3 #22

 

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I'm pretty sure one of the cars in our club sprint is an ex nations cup, and it is silver, do you know if #22 was ever updated to 6.2 specs? The one that runs with us is 6.2 or upgraded to 6.2 

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On 7/7/2018 at 8:14 PM, spiller said:

Awesome thread! I remember watching these cars at Clipsal as a kid.

I feel old 

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Here is another one i crewed for from when Nations Cup / GTP ran the Sandown 500 for that year as the V8 Supercars went to Qld Raceway

 

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^^^ That's cool. 

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I was recently at Bob J HO in Melb and they had a bunch of cars in reception area. Not sure if the 996 at the back is one of the originals, had non standard rear wing that could have been done later.

 

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1 hour ago, Tips said:

I was recently at Bob J HO in Melb and they had a bunch of cars in reception area. Not sure if the 996 at the back is one of the originals, had non standard rear wing that could have been done later.

 

My guess is the 996 in the background is a cup car, looks to be LHD. Thanks for sharing

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