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The Cars of the Greats

April 7th, 2016 by Luke | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

AMC #87 1984-ashines the spotlight on six surviving racecars of the biggest names of the 1970s and ’80s – the cars of Peter Brock, Jim Richards, Allan Moffat, Dick Johnson, Allan Grice and John Goss.

The feats of this sextet will live on forever. With 159 starts and 27 victories between them in the Bathurst classic, their immortality is assured. Helping the cause is the survival today of the cars they raced.

This issue AMC features a hexad of Group C touring cars raced by these greats of that ultra-popular era, 1973 to 1984 – two Falcons, a Torana, a Commodore, a Mazda RX7 and a BMW.

What differs wildly is not just the badges on grille. It’s how each of these cars has reached this point in history. For some it’s been a case of preservation, others resuscitation. Two of them are time-capsules. Of these, one has a led a high-profile life as a museum-piece in Queensland, while the other
lived a private and low-key existence for all but the last few years. Neither has been raced in over 30 years.

In contrast, another of our feature cars has been raced almost continuously since the early 1980s. In this time it’s had more hits than Elvis and more rebuilds than Steve Austin.

Another two cars covered in the latest AMC have returned to the racetrack in 2016 after comprehensive restoration programmes. Despite vastly different countries of origin, mechanical specs and colours, they are set to become Historic racing drawcards for their stunning looks and glorious accompanying sound tracks.

Meanwhile, the oldest vehicle featured – driven by the most famous name of all – completely slipped off the radar for many years. Its survival survives today is a matter of good fortune, an
eagle-eye and input by one of its creators.

As we mentioned earlier, six machines with very different life stories – regardless of whether they turn laps in Historic racing or sit as static displays.

The latest issue of AMC also hails the HSV GTS-R. World’s fastest taxi? Hardly. But polarising style – along with dazzling on-track results – put Holden’s opposition in the shade.

Our ‘Muscle Man’ 83-Enduro-Sandown-87profile this issue is cartoonist John Stoneham – an Australian motoring institution. Allow AMC to paint the picture of his near 50-year publishing career.

Our equally popular Sacred Sites section heads to Tasmania for issue #87 and finds that Baskerville Raceway is certainly no basket-case. In fact, big things are happening at the little Hobart track that hosted the top names of the 1970s. Wait til you see the photos kindly supplied by Bruce Smart of kingstoncamera.com.au

All that and a whole lot more in the latest issue of AMC.

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