Issue 66

Issue 66

Muscle News
In the immortal words of The New Price Is Right… It’s a new car! No less a model than the latest Holden flagship, the VF. Paul Gover fills us in on the latest developments about the Australian car industry’s future, the new in-house FPV GT and more.

Muscle Maniac
In the immortal words from Flashdance… AMC’s James Cockington is a maniac, maniac on the dance floor. And he’s dancing like he’s never danced before. Seriously, James dishes up some tasty HDT promo A9Xs, a speedway legend’s licorice-covered XT Falcon and the original Batmobile’s amazing auction result.

Muscle Mail
In the immortal words of INXS… our readers send a message, and hope it gets through. Yep, we got letters about the Black Magic A9X, replica racing versions, the XE ESP and a bloke named Dingo who built Chargers at Tonsley Park.

In the immortal words of Dear Abby…AMC’s merry band of columnists, including Falcon GT legend Fred Gibson, provide advice on matters muscle.

The Great Ruse
In the immortal words of the Mayor of Bathurst in 1934… Yes, Minister, building a scenic drive around Mount Panorama would be a terrific way to give work to the unemployed. Great idea! Wish I had thought of it myself. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.

The Greatest Races
In the immortal words of Allan Moffat… “I ended up unbuckling my seat belt so that I could stick my head out the window to see where I was going.” AMC revisits the top five battles of Bathurst.

VL Walkinshaw Commodore
In the immortal words of Larry Perkins about Tom at Bathurst 1988…“He appeared to be on a death wish for my car.” As to the road Walky, John Crennan says in our 25-year retrospective piece on the first HSV model that, “It was a wonderful car and the start of an Australian car company.”

Punter Pics
In the immortal words of AMC’s art director Chris... show us your pics. We kick off a new section and you’re invited to send in your shots from days gone by.

Falcon EB II SS
In the immortal words of pub ‘know-it-alls’... there’s never been such thing as a Falcon SS. Oh yes there has! It was Ford’s last roadcar-based homologation special, of 1992. At least one survives today.

Muscle Man
In the immortal words of a certain whisky brand... keep walking. That’s what namesake F5000 driver Johnnie Walker did after turning his back on the Holden Dealer Team’s advances. Sorry Harry, thanks for the offer.

Charlie’s Angel
In the immortal words of the 1970s sitcom’s opener…“Once upon a time there were three little girls who went to the police academy.” That line has got nothing to do with this story, we just wanted to put it in print. Anyway, we’ll show Charlie Smith’s face, his racing and his angel – the only XW GT auto that raced in the Bathurst 500.

Mini Muscle
In the immortal words of Austin Powers in the Spy Who Shagged Me… “I call him Mini-Me.” Yes, the latest muscle in miniature. No shaguars, though.

Out of Action
In the immortal words of every AMC reader… what a crying shame. More motoring sob stories are found here.

In the immortal words of the V8 Sleuth… “I’ve found it!” Aaron Noonan ( has successfully tracked down the missing Ampol Max 3 Commodore from last issue’s Cars of the Past article. His enquiry has prompted its restoration too.