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Back from the dead

December 22nd, 2016 by mcowner | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

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Back from the dead! If there’s one famous racecar motorsport fans have yearned to see returned to a racetrack it’s the groundbreaking McCormack Charger. AMC #92 outlines the herculean restoration effort for this and another of Mac’s Sports Sedans, the Repco V8-powered Celica.

The restoration of the Celica and Charger means the ‘Super Mac’ collection of Sports Sedans is now complete, as McCormack’s Unipart Jaguar XJS has been well-preserved throughout its 36-year life.

“There are so few surviving frontrunning Sports Sedans from that era, much less meticulously restored examples,” John McCormack told AMC magazine for our feature stories. “That all three of the cars I was responsible for have survived is remarkable. To have all three of the cars together in the one place for the first time was really something.”

That ‘place’ was Sydney Motorsport Park at Eastern Creek for the recent Muscle Car Masters, where we shot the three Sports Sedans for our stories in issue #92.

“I suppose we’re fortunate that the right people have the three cars – Mark [Trenoweth] and Bruce [Gowans]. They are such enthusiasts. By ‘they’ I mean Mark, Bruce and all of those who put so much time to get them here.”

As to the Celica, it received a painstaking, ground-up restoration by its original owner which has returned this sweet-sounding Repco V8-powered Sports Sedan – a more compact version of its creator’s famed Charger – to the racetrack.

Beyond our cover stories, issue #92 also celebrates the Brock VL Group A’s 30th birthday. AMC presents 30 reasons to love this most, erm, polarizing of homologation models.

This issue also profiles the greatest Aussie racing export you’ve probably never heard of. Brian Muir is. It’s amazing what ‘Yogi’ achieved and drove.

Elsewhere in the magazine we outline the latest news, including the closure of Holden’s engine plant, how muscle car auction prices are up, the crowning of the new TCM champ and a Pontiac GTO racing in the USA that salutes the 2016 Bathurst-winning Commodore.

And wait till you see the aerial photography taken above Nambucca Heads RSL Club’s carpark. Plus Shane Jacobsen goes on the Aussie Muscle Car Run.

Finally, we farewell racing legend Fred Gibson who has filed his last ‘Right Said Fred’ after three years as AMC’s esteemed columnist.

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