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Mad Max Phwoar!

May 21st, 2015 by Luke | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

AMC81_Max1No fewer than nine Ford Falcon hardtops were acquired by Mad Max Fury Road’s movie makers in the 10 years it took to bring MM4 to life!

That’s just one of the many factoids revealed in the latest edition of Australian Muscle Car magazine, on sale now.

AMC #81 features an interview with the genius behind Fury Road’s big fleet of vehicles, which include Aussie classics set for new-found international fame. We ponder if values of the big three will skyrocket in the wake of the new film’s stunning success.

“I’ve always loved a good Valiant,” production designer Colin Gibson explained to AMC via a phone interview while on location for his latest film in Qingdao, China.

“One of the Australian Chargers is mounted on top of tank tracks with a Merlin water-cooled V8 driving it. Then there’s another Val that is a flame car that has been beaten back to bare metal.”

Will Fury Road create overseas demand for Aussie-built Chargers and the many old Holdens in MM4 in a similar fashion to the international fame that two-door XB Falcons achieved after the first two Mad Max movies? Only time will tell.
AMC81_Max3What we do know is that the creativity in dreaming up eye-catching machinery for MM4 is only matched by the ingenuity involved in actually making them work… and able to endure the rigours of filming. It’s here where sophisticated automotive engineering meets good old bush mechanics.

Gibson explains why and how the Falcon coupe-based star car was brought back to life. He also outlines that another of the car ‘characters’ could well turn out to be “the Interceptor of this film.”

Issue #81 also tells the original Interceptor’s life story. By popular demand AMC presents an updated version of our acclaimed 2011 story tracking the birth and life of Australia’s most famous hardtop. We reveal where that Falcon is today. It’s had a change of home – and continent – since our 2011 story.

Then there are our posters. One side features the Interceptor of Mad Max 1 & 2, while the other has the Cars of Mad Max 4.

Continuing our movie car theme, our latest issue celebrates George Barris’s trip to Australia for MotorEx 2015. AMC takes a look at some of his most memorable TV and movie creations, including the Batmobile.

TP1_6096Meantime, we’ve tracked down a Torana A9X prototype. Treasures from Australia’s manufacturing past live on today – if you know where to look – and this is a good example. It’s a Torana that played a dual role at Fishermans Bend (and Lang Lang) ahead of the legendary A9X’s road and race debut.

AMC #81 also reveals the sneaky secrets of the 1985 Bathurst-winning Jaguars. It’s 30 years since a trio of howling V12 Jaguar ‘Cats’ attacked Mount Panorama. Two fell over, one was left standing and it’s still going strong today. But it also hides secrets TWR probably doesn’t want you to know.

While it’s 30 years since Jaguar won Bathurst, it’s 50 years since Barry Seton won the big event. Last edition we featured son, Glenn in our regular Muscle Man profile. This edition we put the spotlight on his dad, Bo, who recalls his greatest racing triumphs, trials and tribulations.

Other stories include revisiting Sydney’s Warwick Farm circuit, reports from the Falcon GT Nationals and Longford Revival, and a hunt for the last car raced by Holden’s first Bathurst winner. We also track down an Isuzu ‘HQ’ Statesman in Japan. No, really.

All that and whole lot more in the latest edition.

V8 ace’s tribute to his Dad

May 13th, 2015 by Luke | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

When current V8 Supercar driver David Wall was a young boy he loved ‘helping’ his father prepare the old man’s wild V8 Torana Sports Sedan.

So when dad DeCLCcreative-270_Edits passed away in 2012, David and the Wall Racing crew in Sydney vowed to complete the restoration of that very car back to its racing heyday, when it wore the colours of Australia’s most famous racing team.

For David, this Torana is both part of the family and a part of his childhood. He literally grew up with this car.

“When we did the restoration,” he says, “for me it was a labour of love. As a kid I grew up laying underneath it – not that I knew what I was doing! – just ‘helping’ dad work on it.

“We used to live in Bankstown (Sydney) and we had a little single car garage, and dad would do all the work on the car himself in there. Whenever he was working on it, I used to lay underneath it with him. Mum used to come down with the customary cup of tea, and she’d open the garage door and out from under the car would come two big legs and two little legs! Whatever dad was doing, I was trying to do the same.

“One day when dad took the car out for private practice, I’d hidden some spanners and sockets in the car, from when I’d been ‘helping’ work on it. After a lap or two he was back in the pits to remove the tools that were flying around inside the car…”

Des stopped76030- racing the LH in the late 1980s. But he did not sell it. Instead, he simply ‘retired’ it.

This car is also very special to those outside the Wall family and its racing team. It’s a factory Holden racing machine with a F5000 engine. It was the fastest car run by the iconic Holden Dealer Team.

It’s a built-from-the-ground-up HDT Torana Sports Sedan powered by a mid-mounted Repco-Holden Formula 5000 5.0-litre V8, with suspension developed by one of the country’s leading open-wheeler engineers, and clothed in wild flared-guard bodywork designed by none other than Holden’s in-house stylist himself, Leo Pruneau. It was driven by Holden’s number one factory driver, Colin Bond, who at the time it first hit the track in 1976 was the reigning Australian Touring Car Champion. It was also driven on one occasion by the late Peter Brock.

“It looked a million dollars when it was finished!” Colin Bond chuckles as he recalls the HDT LH Torana SL/R 5000 Sports Sedan’s public unveiling in mid-1976.

And it looks a milliBond_HDTSS-0004on bucks today, almost 40 years on, thanks to the hard work of Wall Racing. The story of this hugely significant car is told in detail in the latest edition of Australian Muscle Car magazine. The story outlines the car’s life story, the Wall family’s time running it and its restoration. David Wall also opens the doors to Wall Racing’s workshop to show AMC readers what else the team races in 2015.

Meantime, it’s hard to believe that Glenn Seton is 50 this year. In fact, he reaches the milestone while this edition sits on newsstands. It’s an appropriate time to reflect on his ultra-successful career and its many dramatic moments.

Racing legend Fred Gibson recalls a classic commercial, while new AMC columnist Paul Gover outlines his awkward teen years growing up as a car-mad youngster in Campbelltown.

As to our regular posters, one side features a 1969 Ford XW Falcon GT, the other a Holden LC Torana GTR XU-1. We’ve also nailed down exactly which car graced the Bathurst 1000 grid more than any other.

Issue #81 of AMC also features an introductory guide to the 25 most desirable – in our opinion, at least – classic American muscle cars.

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