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Graeme Bailey
NationalityAustralia Australian
Born (1943-07-11) 11 July 1943 (age 76)
Ourimbah, New South Wales, Australia
Related toDerek Bailey (son), Simon Bailey (son), Kara Bailey (daughter), Elissa Bailey (daughter), Serena Bailey (daughter)
Australian Endurance Championship
Years active1979-86
TeamsChickadee Racing
Best finish10th in 1986 Australian Endurance Championship
Previous series
1979-82Australian Touring Car Championship
Championship titles
1986Bathurst 1000

Graeme Alfred Bailey (born 11 July 1943 in Ourimbah, New South Wales[1]), is an Australian retired racing driver, best known as co-winner of the 1986 Bathurst 1000.


Group C

Bailey's Group C Celica
Bailey's Group C Celica

Bailey's career emerged in the late 1970s, becoming a front runner in two-litre touring car racing in Toyota Celicas, usually driving the car raced the year prior by factory supported Sydney based Toyota racer, Peter Williamson. In 1980 Bailey won the two litre class at the Bathurst 1000 and finished 12th outright.

By 1983 small capacity class touring cars were falling out of favour, and at Bathurst the two litre class was merged into the three litre class. Bailey spent the next few years out of racing himself, although he did co-drive with Peter McLeod at the 1983 James Hardie 1000 at Bathurst in McLeod's Mazda RX-7 where they finished 5th outright. The race was run as part of the 1983 Australian Endurance Championship, which McLeod would go on to win.

Bailey again teamed with McLeod at the 1984 Castrol 500 at Sandown in Melbourne, but the RX-7 was retired after just 57 laps. The 1984 James Hardie 1000 wasn't much better for the pair, despite reportedly having the most powerful RX-7 in the field. After a troubled practice, the car was retired with overheating problems on just lap 39.

Group A

With the advent of Group A in Australia for the 1985 season, Bailey considered competing in the open class and together with regular partner Peter McLeod, the pair entered a Holden VK Commodore in the James Hardie 1000. After a strong run which had seen them rise from 22nd on the grid to the top 10 by mid-morning and into the top 5 by mid race, the near standard Commodore (as they were in 1985) was retired with a broken gearbox on lap 126.

In 1986 he sold the Celica and acquired a Holden VK Commodore SS Group A from the Roadways Racing team for the 1986 season. Teaming up with Allan Grice in a Les Small built Commodore, he took the Commodore to Europe to race in the 1986 FIA Touring Car Championship (while also commuting back to Australia to run his business and race a Les Small built Commodore in the 1986 ATCC). Bailey, who readily admitted he was not on the same level of driving as was Grice, struggled in Europe and in both the first and second rounds of the series at Monza and Donington Park respectively, he ended the Commodore's race when he spun off into sand traps causing the cars retirement from both races. Budgetary problems saw the team return to Australia earlier than they had hoped, but with renewed confidence, though teamed with Peter Brock's two car Holden Dealer Team, the team won the "Kings Cup" prize at the Spa 24 Hours race on the famous Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium (although Bailey was present, he did not drive).

At the 1986 James Hardie 1000, Grice and Bailey dominated the race, finally giving Grice a long deserved Bathurst victory. Bailey only drove the 30 lap lunch time stint during the race, but with Grice in career best form he admitted that was their best chance of victory, though a measure of his progress as a driver was shown when he was able to hold a 5-10 second gap to the HDT Commodore of four time Bathurst winner Allan Moffat (though Moffat was hampered by a very sore wrist after having crashed the car in qualifying). From there Bailey drove his Bathurst winning Commodore in the Group A support race at the 1986 Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide, finishing a close 7th behind the Nissan Skyline DR30 RS of young charger Glenn Seton (Grice won the race in another Roadways built Commodore).[2]

Bailey's career wound down at that point, choosing to concentrate on the successful family business, Chickadee Foods which was sold to Inghams in 2004. [3]

Bailey's son briefly raced in Sports Sedans in the mid-2000s, racing a Chevrolet powered Nissan 300ZX.

Career results

Season Series Position Car Team
1980 Australian Touring Car Championship 24th Toyota Celica Chickadee Chicken
1981 Australian Touring Car Championship 9th Toyota Celica Chickadee Chicken
Better Brakes 3.5 Litre Series 5th
1982 Australian Touring Car Championship 28th Toyota Celica Chickadee Chicken
Australian Endurance Championship 14th
1983 Australian Endurance Championship 10th Mazda RX-7 Peter McLeod
1986 Australian Touring Car Championship 13th Holden VK Commodore SS Group A Chickadee Racing
Australian Endurance Championship 10th

Complete Australian Touring Car Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 DC Points
1980 Chickadee Chicken Toyota Celica SYM CAL LAK SAN WAN SUR AIR ORA
24th 3
1981 Chickadee Chicken Toyota Celica SYM CAL ORA
9th 15
1982 Chickadee Chicken Toyota Celica SAN CAL SYM ORA
1986 Chickadee Racing Holden VK Commodore SS Group A AMA
13th 50

Complete European Touring Car Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 DC Points
1986 Australia Australian National Motor Racing Team Holden VK Commodore SS Group A MNZ

Complete Bathurst 1000 Results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
1979 Australia Brian Hilton Toyota Australia Doug Clark Toyota Celica C 46 DNF DNF
1980 Australia Chickadee Chicken Australia Doug Clark Toyota Celica 1601-2000cc 148 12th 1st
1981 Australia Chickadee Chicken Australia Steve Land Toyota Celica 4 Cylinder 34 DNF DNF
1982 Australia Chickadee Chicken Australia Steve Land Toyota Celica B 65 DNF DNF
1983 Australia Petrolon Slick 50 Australia Peter McLeod Mazda RX-7 A 158 5th 5th
1984 Australia Petrolon Slick 50 Australia Peter McLeod Mazda RX-7 Group C 39 DNF DNF
1985 Australia I.M.B. Team Wollongong Australia Peter McLeod Holden VK Commodore C 126 DNF DNF
1986 Australia Chickadee Chicken Australia Allan Grice Holden VK Commodore SS Group A C 163 1st 1st

Complete Sandown Enduro Results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
1979 Australia Brian Hilton Toyota drove solo Toyota Celica C 113 8th 1st
1980 Australia Chickadee Chicken Australia Doug Clark Toyota Celica C NA 23rd 7th
1981 Australia Chickadee Chicken Australia Steve Land Toyota Celica C NA DNF DNF
1982 Australia Chickadee Chicken Australia Steve Land Toyota Celica B 98 18th 1st
1984 Australia Slick 50 Australia Peter McLeod Mazda RX-7 Over 3000cc 57 DNF DNF
1986 Australia Roadways Racing Australia Allan Grice Holden VK Commodore SS Group A B 128 3rd 3rd


  1. ^ Tuckey, Bill (1987). "James Hardie 1000". 6. Gordon: The Berghouse Floyd Tuckey Publishing Group: 260. ISSN 0811-546X. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ "James Hardie 1000 Mount Panorama, Bathurst 5th October, 1986". Unique Cars and Parts. Retrieved 16 January 2010.
  3. ^ "Report on the Importation of Cooked Chicken Meat into Australia". Parliament of Australia: Senate. Archived from the original on 1 April 2011. Retrieved 16 January 2010.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
John Goss
Armin Hahne
Winner of the Bathurst 1000
(with Allan Grice)
Succeeded by
Peter McLeod
Peter Brock
David Parsons
This page was last edited on 24 September 2019, at 09:51
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