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Star Cars in the spotlight!

July 15th, 2015 by Luke | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

IMG_8505AMC’s bumper ‘Star Cars’ issue shines the spotlight on racing driver signature edition specials of the last 50 years.

Issue #82 includes six in-depth feature stories on Australian-built models bearing the names of local – and international – motorsport’s biggest names.

AMC’s six-pack runs to the HB Jack Brabham Torana, the Stirling Moss VG Valiant Pacer, 1983’s Dick Johnson Grand Prix Turbo XE Falcon, Peter Brock’s VK ‘Blue Meanie’ Commodore and the Wayne Gardner Racing-badged Commodore of the late 1990s. Oh, and Brocky’s signature Falcon B8 of 1988. Yes, a Brock Ford!

These sporty – or sporty-looking – specials have helped sprinkle stardust over model ranges and generate showroom traffic.

We explode many of the myths surrounding these stellar machines. And find out which stars – yes plural – have never even driven the cars which bear their name.

While the Brabham Torana was more show pony than pony car, it did get the ball rolling on a decade of sporty Toranas. We’ve tracked down a rare survivor in South Australia.

SA is also the home to another of our feature cars, from when Chrysler Australia turned to a London-based member of racing royalty to extol the virtues of its new engine.

As to the Dick Johnson Grand Prix Turbo road car, this blue beast occupies a special place in the hearts of Blue Oval devotees. But Dick wasn’t the first choice for the car’s creators. Find out who was the first choice in the printed mag, on sale now.

Meantime, iIMG_2819t’s 30 years since Peter Brock’s VK Group A Commodore hit Australian roads. Unlike its VC and VH predecessors, HDT’s ‘Blue Meanie’ was purpose-built to enable Holden to take on the racing world.

When Brock’s relationship with Holden ended – and ended badly – he turned to Ford for donor vehicles. The Brock B8 was a well-executed, mildly-enhanced EA Falcon that demonstrated, after the Lada debacle, that he was back in business as a special vehicle manufacturer.

Our final star car is from the 1990s, a time when Wayne Gardner swapped two wheels for four. He could hardly have imagined his touring car team would soon be producing hot Holdens for the road bearing his signature.

Following our six in-depth features we present a ‘Not Forgetting’ spread of locally-manufactured cars previously covered in the pages of AMC, but deserving of a little more recognition. Plus two fully-imported cars which were locally-flavoured with the name of a domestic star.

Beyond our 30-plus pages of signature edition specials, we showcase a star car of a different kind – a Hollywood-style star, that is. We reveal what the bare-metal ‘Razor Cola’ from Mad Max: Fury Road looked like before the moviemakers came calling. We speak to Falcon restorer, Cameron Manewell, who is still pinching himself that he ended up supplying a pair of coupes that starred in MM4.

The subject of our regular ‘Muscle Man’ profile this edition is Tony Longhurst, who has been a central figure in some of motor racing’s most famous – and infamous – moments. He reflects on his major achievements.

Motor racing fans will love our story on an early, all-Kiwi Bathurst assault. The team’s Torana L34, in which Jim Richards made his stunning Bathurst debut in 1974, lives on today in NZ.

All that and much more, in issue #82 of Australian Muscle Car magazine. On sale now.

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