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Great Escapes issue now on sale

November 3rd, 2015 by Luke | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

Don’t let Australian Muscle Car magazine issue #84 escapAQ0Q0243e you! That’s because the four cover stories are all about Great Escapes. Here’s the line-up of escapees.

GREAT ESCAPE 1: The latest AMC’s cover car is the machine that went from last to first at Bathurst 20 years ago – Larry Perkins and Russell Ingall’s VR Commodore. This was the car in which Perkins and Ingall snatched the 1995 Tooheys 1000 victory from the jaws of defeat. They reveal the secrets behind their success on that dramatic day. We interview LP, The Enforcer and their crew chief Dean Orr and get the technical lowdown on a win that remains a triumph for smart engineering, ‘press-on’ driving and peerless workshop preparation.

GREAT7010_BH_RB-0665 ESCAPE 2: AMC #84 recalls a high-flying XW Falcon GT-HO Phase II from Bathurst 1970 that lived to race another day. This was the Tony Roberts-driven car that flew off the side of the Mountain backwards late in the race, when running an impressive third, and plunged down the hill. Roberts escaped unhurt. “It’s so quiet in mid-air,” he said. The car was subsequently repaired by its new owner, Denis O’Brien, and raced successfully for several years afterwards, often mixing it with the works cars of Ford, Chrysler and Holden.

GREAT ESCAPE 3: We’ve tracked down the survivor of the Bathurst 1000’s most violent, but virtually unseen, non-fatal crash. His name is Rod McRae and he spun out of the 1974 Hardie-Ferodo 1000, rolling then hitting a tree six feet from the ground. With the help of the only witness, Jim Richards, we’ve recreated the accident via diagrams to illustrate what still photographers and TV cameras failed to capture. “He hit an old rotten tree – the tree was dead, but it was about two feet thick – with the floor pan of the car, and put the floor up where his head was,” Richards recalls.

GREAT ESCAPE 4: 100_1972Shrouded in mystery and subterfuge ever since lunchtime on Friday June 30, 1972, the great escape and survival of the Strike Me Pink LJ GTR Torana V8 prototype can at last be told. So how did this top-secret V8 prototype escape the ‘Dead Sled’ at Holden’s proving ground? After 43 years the truth is out and the story is in AMC issue #84. This is a story that’s sure to ruffle some feathers and start many pub arguments. So make sure you read it! It’s also likely to see Holden enthusiasts on the hunt for its sister car.

Beyond our quartet of Great Escape features, there’s plenty in the new issue to interest enthusiasts of Australian motoring and motorsport history.

The 10th anniversary Australian Muscle Car Masters celebrated 25 years since Sydney Motorsport Park’s first big touring car bash. The AMC team takes you on track, into the pits, round the paddock and back in time, for this extended report.

91-HRT-24Our latest Muscle Man is V8 Supercar commentator Neil Crompton. He was the aspiring race driver who fell into commentary and got pigeonholed as a talking head thereafter despite his accomplishments on the track. It’s still easy to overlook his on-track achievements, which we discuss in detail with ‘Neil’s on Wheels’.

Meantime, it’s 30 years since a sleek, ground-effects de Tomaso Pantera with a Ford V8 briefly hit Aussie tracks… before exiting stage left. We revisit the Toy Shop Pantera driven by Kevin Bartlett.

R-Rated features a Valiant Charger hatchback with Aston Martin looks – another 1970s flash of brilliance that Chrysler put in the ‘too hard’ basket … or should that be boot?

We nominate our second batch of Aussie-built cars in plain wrappers that go like the clappers – our Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing. They are cars that are faster than their looks suggest, at least.

As to our ultra-popular Sacred Sites section, this edition we head to the NSW/Victoria border. Hume Weir circuit really was between a rock and hard place, but gave local motorsport enthusiasts two decades of top name action before it was dammed to closure.

As to posters, the 1971 Stirling Moss Pacer – as featured in issue #82 – is back-to-back with Allan Moffat’s Coca Cola Mustang from 1969.

All that and a whole lot more.

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