Issue 69

Issue 69

Muscle News
News hound Paul Gover tests the Gen-F HSV Clubsport R8. He also reports, again, on Ford Australia’s future with the Mustang and outlines Holden’s new VF supply strategy. Suggested theme song to ‘play in your head’ while reading this section: anything by The Commodores

Muscle Maniac
James Cockington finds a Tooheys promo Group A Commodore, discovers an Aussie Monkeemobile and checks out the latest auction results. Section theme song: The Monkees’ ‘Daydream Believer’

Muscle Mail
Lots of juicy correspondence from readers. We also apologise to those we’ve upset, namely Harry Firth and a Marina enthusiast! And, in turn, we insult Germany’s wannabe Mad Max. That’s right we make Max mad! Theme song: Tina Turner’s ‘We Don’t Need Another Hero’

Fred Gibson addresses complaints that the reborn Gibson Motorsport is set to dominate the Historic racing scene. Meantime, the philandering Phil Anders goes back to the early 1970s… in the 1990s. Gibbo’s theme song: Right Said Fred’s ‘I’m Too Sexy’; Phil’s: Sherbet’s ‘Howzat’

Brock’s Best Car
We track the life of Peter Brock’s only dual Bathurst-winning chassis to celebrate the HDT’s victory in the controversial 1983 James Hardie 1000. Theme song: Austen Tayshus’s ‘Australiana’, number one on the Top 40 chart on October 2, 1983

2003 BA FPV GT
It’s 10 years since Ford’s early-noughties nuclear-grade nostalgia trip culminated in the launch of FPV and its BA GT. Andrew MacLean takes us back to those heady times. Song: Theme from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

From this issue AMC includes a poster. To get the ball rolling one side features the magnificent Bill Bourke Special, while the other has each and every AMC cover to date. Theme song: Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Cover Me’

Along the Deadly Hume
The Deadly Hume is dead. With dual carriageway from Melbourne to Sydney now complete, James Cockington reflects on the old highway’s passing and goes in search of what’s left of its most notorious and noteworthy sections. Theme song: AC/DC’s ‘Highway to Hell’

Punter Pics
Pics sent in by punters, what else would this section be about? Theme song: The J. Geils Band’s ‘Freeze Frame’

The Corvair
The Chevrolet Corvair campaigned by Frank Gardner and Allan Grice is arguably Australia’s greatest Sports Sedan. AMC caught up with the project’s founder. Theme song: ‘The Corvair song’ – YouTube it

Bathurst Alfas
Alfa Romeo has had more starters in the Bathurst classic than any other continental marque. Sadly, only a small handful of these chassis survive today. Here are two of them. Theme song: Destiny’s Child’s ‘I’m a Survivor’

Back in the day
We pay tribute to the humble grid girl with a special focus on racing fashions of the last 50 years. Theme song: Roy Orbison’s ‘Pretty Woman’

Muscle Men
We outline the efforts of a group of motorsport greats, with a combined 125 Bathurst starts, in training newbie race drivers. We also outline their careers. Theme song: Doris Day’s ‘Teacher’s Pet’

Mini Muscle
All creatures great and small. Theme song: Kraftwerk’s ‘The Model’

Out of Action
Readers again send us pics that make us tear-up. Theme song: Roy Orbison’s ‘Crying’

Our ongoing hunt for the Monaros from Bathurst 1968 received a boost, from racing great Graham Moore. The V8 Sleuth also reports back in. Theme song: Robert Palmer’s ‘Looking For Clues’