Issue 88

Issue 88

Muscle News
Ford's Mustang-led revival; Holden's seismic sales and marketing shift thatcould spell the end for its racing involvement; and the Aussie who will headup GM's global design team. Plus the latest news on the Australian MuscleCar Masters.

Muscle Maniac
We remember Bill Tuckey; report on auction prices; review Hey Charger; andcheck out life on Neptune.

Muscle Mail
Writers recall a Sunday Too Far Away incident in Bathurst's Torana XU-1era; tell us why they love Stonie; list their favourite liveries and show us thecustom models they've made.

Racing legend Fred Gibson discusses a prickly issue in Historic racing -authenticity. Meanwhile, Paul Gover highlights the respect Commodorecommands globally by recalling a 'frog dissection' in a Paris lab.

Super Rhino GT
For so long the Fairmont GTs were the red-headed stepchildren ofthe Falcon GT world. Today, these South African-assembled cars areincreasingly recognised as a quirky chapter in Australia's performance carand manufacturing heritage.

Gricey's A9X
The stories behind cars on the HTC grid are many and varied. TonySawford's ex-Allan Grice A9X Torana has led a very interesting life.

Oh Captain, my Captain. Everyone loves Peter Janson. His 1979 Hardie-Ferodo 1000 runner-up A9X is a thing of beauty. The flipside features a 1972Valiant Charger R/T E49.

Muscle Man
Alan Hamilton very nearly pulled off the biggest upset in ATCC history. Hewas also central to two of Ford's most dramatic moments at Bathurst. Notbad for a bloke who imported and sold Porsches for a living.

Mac's Cat
Mark Trenoweth's ex-John McCormack's Jaguar XJS is one Big Cat that isboth pure-bred and feral. It's most certainly a rare breed of Historic SportsSedan in being prolifically raced for much of its life but surviving unmolestedtoday. It still regularly competes.

Sleuth, Slots & R-Rated
Formula 5000 is headed for a rebirth; we crunch the facts and figures on theGT versions of the Australian-designed XA Falcon and go slot car racing.

Marlboro 12 Hour
A parallel universe existed in the United States in the 1960s via an event withuncanny similarities to the Bathurst classic. And it all played out - with someAussie flavouring - in Marlboro country.

Top 25 privateers
AMC presents the best - and best-remembered - privateers to have tackledthe Bathurst 1000. If you think we've overlooked anyone, drop us an email.

Peter Williamson (1938-2016) was the public face and voice of Racecam anda highly successful driver in his own right. 'Willo', whose role in transformingtelevision coverage of car racing can't be overestimated, took us for a lap ofhis racing career a few short months before his passing.

Sacred Sites
This is the story of the original, 4.82km incarnation of the fabulous facilitywe now know as the 4.45km Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. Of course, it'sessentially the same circuit, give or take 370 metres in length.

Out of Action
Overlooked, overcooked and 'over-chooked' surviving classics from ourmotoring past - sniffed out by AMC readers.

Found it! The Boss Mustang raced by an unknown Canadian driver inSandown's 1973 Australian Touring Car Championship round has popped up.Didn't expect to find this one.