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Pacers: Aussie-built cult classics

December 19th, 2013 by Luke | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

With Aussie-built cars soon to be a thing of the past, the latest edition of Australian Muscle Car magazine puts the spotlight on a cult classic – the Chrysler Valiant Pacer. Covering three distinctive models released within a four-year span, 1969 to 1973, the Adelaide-built Pacer was a street-legal factory road racer that could be bought for next to nix.

Today Pacer models represent excellent value to money for those wanting a locally-built classic with zip but without the funds needed to buy a Falcon GT or a notable hot factory Holden. What’s more, some models were Bathurst-bred.

AMC gathered up a trio of Pacers – a VF, VG and VH – for a stunning photoshoot to illustrate the life story of the under-rated model. Each of the cars shown has a story to tell, with one really living up to the ‘Valiant Pacer, family racer’ tag, as it’s used as a daily driver for a young family, as we outline in the magazine.

The January/February edition also puts the spotlight on the Bathurst 24 Hour race and the car which conquered it, the Monaro 427C. Ten years have passed since the 2003 Bathurst 24 Hour brought down the curtain on the Mountain marathon and the car which conquered it. To mark the end of GRM’s time with Holden, AMC examines the team’s most successful cars.

AMC #71 continues our ‘The Cars That Won Bathurst’ series with a look at what’s become of the famed Triple Eight team’s three Bathurst 1000 winners from the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Great Races.

This edition Muscle Maniac James Cockington uncovers a chilling 1960s murder scene and recalls locally-assembled American Motors Corporation muscle.

Jim McKeown is the subject of our regular ‘Muscle Man’ feature this time around. McKeown’s racing career kicked off in bizarre circumstances – he won a car in a raffle and raced it – then kicked on through a golden age of the ATCC and Bathurst.

Meantime, confirmed sightings of Australia’s fabled ‘big cat’ are only slightly rarer than of the Cannonball Jaguar XJ-S, an extremely limited edition Aussie model. But we’ve found one, as we outline.

Another feature looks at the many women have had the right stuff to stand toe-to-toe with the best of the guys on the quarter mile. No, ‘women in drag’ jokes please…

AMC now features a regular double-sided poster. This time we salute the Bathurst 24 Hour Monaros and the Ford XA Falcon 500 Superbird Hardtop.

All that and a whole lot more in the January/February edition of Australian Muscle Car magazine.

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