AMC #94 has dug-up the glittering life story of a â€˜Nugget Goldâ€™ Falcon GT-HO Phase III. This car, a stunning example of the granddaddy of Aussie muscle cars, has long been considered precious metal. But a speck of info unearthed last year led to an eureka moment: it was built to be John Goss’s 1971 Bathurst ride, but never climbed the Mountain. The latest AMC issue explains why.
The 1971 XY Ford Falcon GT-HO Phase III displayed here is well known to those characters whoâ€™ve hovered around the Falcon GT scene for decades. It’s a stunningly presented and impeccably credentialed example of a Phase III. So much so, this matching numbers car has won countless awards over the decades. Yet for every awards judge who crawled over the car and every enthusiast who lusted over it, none knew the finer details of its early history. That’s because the story of its first private owner and how he came to take possession had been lost in the sands of time. Until now.
Or more correctly, until the current owner Billy Karantonis bought the car in early 2016. Karantonis had no idea at the time of purchase that a fascinating and previously untold back story would soon emerge.
He did know that he was buying a well-respected and much sought-after Phase III enjoyed by several prominent members of the GT fraternity and a car that came with its original logbook. But it wasn’t until a mate of his, fellow GT tragic Bob Sahota, picked up on the name of its first owner from that logbook and made a connection that previous owners had overlooked, that the slow reveal of info took a most enlightening turn. Sahota recognised the name of the first owner from an article he’d read in issue #30 of Australian Muscle Car magazine and set to work tracking him down.
That first owner, Noel Ward, had vivid recollections of taking delivery of the GT-HO in mid 1971 from Sydney dealer McLeod Ford. He only received the car from Goss as the rising star didnâ€™t want to race this machine to Bathurst. Find out why in issue #94.
Beyond our â€˜Eureka!â€™ cover story we also feature Peter Brockâ€™s least successful, seemingly bedeviled Commodore. This was the one Commodore that he took to Bathurst in the Group C era that rarely gets mentioned, seemingly overlooked and forgotten by history, likely due to its lack of a Bathurst win. Maybe itâ€™s the fact itâ€™s one of very few Brock Bathurst racecars that no longer exists that has consigned this third-built HDT Commodore racecar to being absent from the lists of all-time classic Brock muscle. Itâ€™s the â€˜Devil Commodoreâ€™ that, had it achieved the ultimate success at Mount Panorama in 1981, would have linked together two separate Brock streaks of three wins in a row in the race and given The King a whopping seven straight wins in the Mountain classic. Find out its fate in the latest issue.
Our Muscle Man this issue is Gary Scott, who overcame an indescribably tragic event as a teenager that would have turned a lesser man off motorsport forever. We caught up with the rapid and outspoken Queenslander to hear his remarkable story.
You never know what gems will turn up at Australiaâ€™s premier Historic racing event until you get there. AMC had its cameras poised and ready to capture the machines that ventured out on track for our four-page report.
Last issue we listed the best and most significant Sports Sedans of all time. This time we present the weirdest and most wonderful (and even the not-so wonderful), what could be termed the top 25 â€˜most differentâ€™ Sports Sedans.
Rally cars donâ€™t come more muscular than the Mercedes Benz 500 SLC that ran in the World Rally Championship almost 40 years ago. Now one Aussie enthusiast has built himself a replica to contest increasingly popular classic rallies.
All that and whole lot more in the new issue of Australian Muscle Car magazine.