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Warhorse! An untold story

April 10th, 2014 by Luke | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

One of the Bathurst classic’s greatest untold stories headlines AMC #73. It’s about the team that raced on the Mountain in 1971 despite its Falcon GT-HO Phase III hitting a horse pre-race on Sydney’s rural outskirts – and the sad back-story to the assault on the Hardie-Ferodo 500.

Amazingly, the Baldwin Ford dealership’s racecar survives today and AMC tells the remarkable story of this old warhorse’s pre and post-Bathurst 500 life.

In a nutshell it involves: the aforementioned crash with a horse; the replacement shell falling off the trailer en route to Sydney; a strong run in the Great Race ending in sight of the finishline; the tragic story of the dealer principal’s death; the car’s discovery in 2005; and the current owner’s efforts to unlock its real identity.

In short, if you only read one magazine article this year, make it this one.

It’s a story for anyone who loves the Bathurst classic, motor racing generally or Falcon GT-HOs. Or simply a good yarn!

Beyond our ‘Wild Horses’ cover story, this edition will also appeal to Brock Commodore fans with our HDT VK focus.

Meantime, we profile Bill Tuckey, the man who has been called Australia’s greatest motoring writer. But, as you will discover in AMC #73, that label doesn’t begin to cover all of his achievements.

Our muscle man profile centres on a living treasure of South Australian motorsport, Clem Smith. This is the story of an understated bloke and his incredibly diverse racing career.

Restoration of historic police vehicles is something of a trend today. However, we feature a survivor that’s still in original condition 38 years after pulling off the highway.

When it comes to the cars that won Bathurst, we track down the pair of Super Touring Bathurst 1000 winning cars (a Volvo and a BMW) that form an important part of Mount Panorama history and packed plenty of punch from their two-litre engines. After all, Volvos are cool again.

The second in our series on racetracks which hosted some of the greatest muscle car stoushes, Sacred Sites, checks out what remains of Surfers Paradise International Raceway.

Incredibly, we’ve also found the VH Pacer road car that drove onto the racetrack at Oran Park’s 1971 ATCC round.

Then there’s our Phillip Island Classic report.

Finally, AMC now features a regular double-sided poster. This time we salute Norm Beechey’s Monaro and John Goss Racing’s stunning XB Falcon GT.

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