Vale: Peter Molloy

It is with great sadness that we share the news of Peter Molloy’s passing on Thursday the 10th of October, 2019.

Peter was an honorary member of the HSRCA and about a decade ago we honoured him with a surprise dinner that was attended by a long list of familiar names from Australia’s racing history. Most will remember Peter for the many competition engine he built.

Please read on for a vale with thanks to Dave Williamson.

Vale: Peter Molloy

Peter was without a doubt Australia’s most successful engine builder and designer, as well as race car and racing motorcycle preparation and set-up expert. He was the most imaginative, thoughtful man when it came to race engines and race car design.  

His talent was stunning. For example, he redesigned a REPCO V8 a few years ago and I was lucky enough to watch as he ran it on the engine dyno. His modifications increased all known HP figures by more than 10%.

Peter built hundreds of reliable and powerful race engines for so many winning cars and motor bikes – Bathurst race-winning cars, Formula 5000s, air cooled cars, boats, world championship motorbikes… it would take far too many paragraphs to name them all.

A clever and no-nonsense man, Peter’s engineering philosophy was: “calculations… common sense…and compromise”.

Dave Williamson

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