Here ‘tis, the new generation Ford Mustang. Paul Gover reports on the latest from Broadmeadows and Port Melbourne. Suggested song to ‘play in your head’ while reading this section: ‘Wild, Wild Mustang’ by Dick Dale and the Del-Tones. 1960s surf music at its best.
This edition Muscle Maniac James Cockington uncovers a chilling 1960s murder scene, recalls locally-assembled American Motors Corporation muscle and pimps a HQ Kingswood. Theme song: David Bowie’s ‘Rebel Rebel’.
AMC readers respond to last edition’s Muscle Arms Race story, remember Des West, add to the Algie brothers story and show us their Overlander and XU-1. Then there’s a one-off XA panel van in Muscle Assist. Theme song: ‘Postman Pat’ ... and his black and white cat.
Ford legend Fred Gibson continues his recollections of running his famed Rogue and Track business. Sorry, Road and Track. Meanwhile Phil Anders presents an A-Z guide to owning a XY Falcon GT-HO Phase III. Theme song: Right Said Fred’s ‘I’m too Sexy’.
Valiant Pacer: Family Racer
Chrysler Australia managed to squeeze no less than three models – VF, VG and VH – and countless options into its Pacer era. The street-legal factory road racer was the Aussie quick six that could be bought for next to nix. Theme song: Yul Brynner’s ‘Russian Gypsy Song (The Pacer).
Ten years have passed since the 2003 Bathurst 24 Hour brought down the curtain on the Mountain marathon and the car which conquered it, the Monaro 427C. To mark the end of GRM’s time with Holden, AMC examines the team’s most successful cars. Theme song: Bill Haley’s ‘Rock Around The Clock’. Gotta play it twice, though.
AMC now features a regular double-sided poster. This time we salute the Bathurst 24 Hour Monaros and the Ford XA Falcon 500 Superbird Hardtop. Theme song: YouTube ‘The Monaro Song’ by Oz Malo. It’s so bad it’s good.
Triple Eight’s Falcons
The Falcon model’s final golden era at Bathurst came courtesy of Triple Eight’s ‘threepeat’ of the late noughties. As many winning Falcons from the GT era have gone MIA, we’re keeping a very close eye on the three victorious 2006, 2007 and 2008 chassis. In the immortal words of Molly Meldrum, do yourself a favour and DON’T listen to defunct British boyband Triple 8. Roland Dane can’t sing.
This edition we hand the entire Punter Pics section over to reader David Whitehead, whose efforts in chucking a sickie in 1979 were rewarded by a brush with Peter Brock. Theme song: Lucky Starr’s ‘I’ve Been Everywhere Man’.
Jim McKeown’s racing career kicked off in bizarre circumstances, then kicked on through a golden age of the ATCC and Bathurst. Can’t think of a relevant theme song so fast forward to next track.
Confirmed sightings of Australia’s fabled ‘big cat’ are only slightly rarer than of the Cannonball Jaguar XJ-S, an extremely limited edition Aussie model. Theme song: The Who’s ‘Jaguar’.
Aussie Muscle Car Run
The 2013 event attracted a bigger field, visited more South Aussie motorsport sites and raised even more cash for charity. AMC magazine went along for the ride. Theme song: ‘Bound for South Australia’ – John Williamson’s version.
Women in Drag Racing
Many women have had the right stuff to stand toe-to-toe with the best of the guys on the quarter mile. Theme song: Beach Boys’ ‘Little Old Lady From Pasadena’.
All creatures great and small. Theme song: Kraftwerk’s ‘The Model’.
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Readers again send us pics that make us tear-up... but wait, there’s hope this issue via a special ‘On Vacation’ spread of pics. Theme song: Dragon’s ‘April Sun In Cuba’.
We are still looking for one of the 3-series Sports Sedans raced by the iconic JPS Team BMW in the 1980s. In the meantime, we go on the hunt for the cars from the very first Bathurst classic, the 1963 Armstrong 500. Theme song: The Velvelette’s ‘Needle In A Haystack’.