Tasmanian greats etched in history

Wednesday 06 February, 2019
Greg Crick and Barry Oliver are the latest motor sport veterans to be inducted into the National Automobile Museum of Tasmania’s Hall of Fame.

Greg Crick and Barry Oliver are the latest motor sport veterans to be inducted into the National Automobile Museum of Tasmania’s Hall of Fame.

The induction took place as part of the CAMS Tasmanian State Awards presented by Burson Auto Parts, with both Oliver and Crick recognised for their contributions to the sport.

After beginning his racing career at Symmons Plains in 1971, Crick took out his first state title 15 years later, claiming the Tasmanian Sports Sedan Championship in 1986, before repeating the feat the following year. 

In 1992, Crick achieved one of his most famous accolades by winning the inaugural Targa Tasmania alongside navigator Greg Preece. Incredibly the Honda NSX pilots managed to go back-to-back the following year.

A further 13 years later, Crick won the CAMS Australian GT championship behind the wheel of the Dodge Viper GT3 ACR – one of the many titles the Tasmanian was able to achieve.

Crick’s retirement from the sport in 2017 came as a delayed response to an accident in 2014 during the Bathurst 12 Hour, an incident which caused him carbon monoxide poisoning.

With the Bathurst 12 Hour one of Crick’s favourite all time events, he ended his career having competed in 10 of them, his best result remarkably came in that same year of the accident where he finished third alongside Will Davison and Jack Le Brocq.

Despite being unable to attend the state awards due to attending Bathurst as an official, Crick was honoured to be inducted.

“It’s nice to be acknowledged for my time in the sport as it’s been part of my life forever, but I never expected it to be honest,” Crick said.

“I am thrilled to be inducted. There are a lot of good people and successful Tasmanians who have been inducted so it fantastic to be inducted alongside them.”

As for Oliver, he had his first experience in motor sport at just 11-years-old in 1955 when he went to Symmons Plains with his father as a spectator, unearthing what would be a life-long passion for the sport.

Over the course his racing career that followed, Oliver navigated for Jim Richards in up to 78 tarmac rallies across Australia and New Zealand, claiming 21 wins, eight of which were Targa Tasmania titles, as well as finishing on the podium 43 times.

Outside of competing, his love and passion for the sport saw him end up as a popular commentator in the sport, calling a host of circuit racing, karting and rallies.

Oliver’s knowledge eventually saw him become the voice of the Australian Touring Car-V8 Supercars Championship, V8 Development Series, Australian Formula Ford championship and Rally Australia.

It’s not the first time Oliver has been recognised for his efforts in motor sport, the long-serving motorsport columnist in The Examiner also making the Targa Tasmania Hall of Fame in 2008 and awarded life membership to  Motor Sports Club of Tasmania the same year. 

Despite being honoured to be considered, the induction came of no surprise for Oliver, who admits he knew it was a long time coming.

“In the past, I have been nominated before and I have declined because you have to be either dead of retired, which I was neither,” Oliver laughed.  

“Up until last year’s Targa Tasmania, I was competing, but once I announced my retirement from competition, the board told me I now have no excuse and I have to accept - which I did.   

“It’s not something you aim for, but it’s nice to be recognised for what you have done in motor sport, but from my point of view, everything I have done is for my enjoyment and making a contribution to the sport in what ever way I could.

“I felt very humbled, but at the same time very privileged to be nominated and inducted into the Hall of Fame.”