The Surfers Paradise 12-Hour race was a typically bold concept by larger-than-life Queensland property developer, Keith Williams, to host an enduro at his race track that was bigger and better than the annual 500-mile Bathurst clash.

Sadly, it lasted only two years and has largely been forgotten in Aussie muscle car history. AMC takes a nostalgic look at this gruelling event, which produced an unlikely pair of local Ford heroes - Bill Gates and Jim Bertram - who won the first race and almost beat the factory Holden Dealer Team in the other. And we bet most of you (like us) have never heard of them!

ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK

Just a few months after Ford and Holden slugged it out at Bathurst for line honours in the 1969 Hardie-Ferodo 500, Falcons and Monaros faced off again in a brand new endurance event for Series Production cars at Queensland's Surfers Paradise Raceway.

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This article appeared in Australia MUSCLE CAR Magazine Issue 41