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Mad Max replicar for sale

May 30th, 2011 by Luke | 2 Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

The ultimate replica of Mad Max’s famous black Interceptor is for sale – and it’s fully road registered for use in Australia.

While the original XB Falcon GT-based movie prop starred in the 1979 release film, the replica is currently featured in Australian Muscle Car magazine.

Broken Hill resident Kerry Turley and his team of suppliers built the car over the last two years. His love affair with the movie began as a boy.

“I can remember, as a 10-year-old, I was kicking a footy around the oval and next to it, two semi-trailers turned up with these crazy-looking cars on them. They were the Mad Max II cars to be shot in the movie.

“My brother was involved in the movie. He had to take his trusty ferrets out to where it was being shot to catch the rabbits you can see in the second movie.”

Intriguingly, Turley has the newly built car up for sale.

“The fun’s over now it’s finished,” he said.

Genuine buyers can contact him via tturleys@bigpond.net.au – no tyre-kickers please.

Turley’s car is the culmination of almost 30 years of research, with renowned Mad Max replica builder Gordon Hayes and Grant Hodgson slowly piecing together the data over that time.

AMC’s latest edition, which is now on sale, provides the real story behind the XB Falcon GT-based hero car.

AMC spoke to the men who designed, built and drove Australia’s most famous muscle car. We track the car’s movie career, explode some myths and pay homage via the ultimate replica.

Check out Issue 55 (May June 2011) of Australian Muscle Car for more on the original car’s origins, build, where it ended up and what it was like to drive. The latter according to stuntman Phil Brock.

AMC also unearths a Monaro GTS awoken after a 30-year hibernation in a Melbourne backyard garage overgrown with grass; outlines the incredible racing career of Frank Matich; has the latest Touring Car Masters news; reports from the Phillip Island Classic; and shows unpublished pics from the 1971 Hardie Ferodo 500.

Netball Dad built Mel Gibson’s car

May 5th, 2011 by Luke | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

The man who built the original Mad Max Interceptor for the smash-hit 1979 release film took his daughters to netball in the famous car before he handed it over to producers before filming.

That’s just one revelation from Australian Muscle Car magazine’s comprehensive look at the most famous GT Falcon ever built.

AMC’s latest edition, which is now on sale, provides the real story behind the XB Falcon GT-based hero car.

AMC spoke to the men who designed, built and drove Australia’s most famous muscle car. We track the car’s movie career, explode some myths and pay homage via the ultimate replica.

But back to the ‘netball dad’ who built it.

Ray Beckerley worked for Melbourne-based Graf-X International and was given the brief from movie-maker Kennedy Miller’s art director Jon Dowding to create the machine.

Not that Beckerley thought much of the project at the time, 1977.

“It didn’t excite me to be perfectly honest,” he told AMC. “There really wasn’t any money in it and it was bit a different – and we specialised at Graf-E in doing jobs that were a bit different with no money!

“At the time I thought this movie was going to make three and nine-pence. I got offered a percentage and was way too smart to fall for that.”

Or so he thought.

“I’d be a multi-millionaire now [if I’d taken the percentage], but that’s life. But I had some fun, met lots of good people and have some good memories to look back on. Some good memories for my children to look back on too, as I used to take the cars home, both the black car and the [yellow] Main Force Patrol cars. I remember taking my three daughters to netball in them!”

Check out Issue 55 (May June 2011) of Australian Muscle Car for more on the original car’s origins, build, where it ended up and what it was like to drive. The latter according to stuntman Phil Brock.

AMC also unearths a Monaro GTS awoken after a 30-year hibernation in a Melbourne backyard garage overgrown with grass; outlines the incredible racing career of Frank Matich; has the latest Touring Car Masters news; reports from the Phillip Island Classic; and shows unpublished pics from the 1971 Hardie Ferodo 500.

On sale now.

Bowe dodges a bullet

May 3rd, 2011 by Luke | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

Two rounds into the Touring Car Masters and John Bowe is looking increasingly the man to beat after winning the Western Australian round over April 30 and May 1. But it could have all gone very differently for the Mustang driver at Barbagallo.

Pole-sitter Bowe stalled on the grid at the start of race one and was swamped by the field. He was lucky not to be clobbered from behind, as V8 Supercar driver Karl Reindler was the following day.

Bowe said a change to the start procedure, which he suggested wasn’t kosher, caught him out.

“Once I realised what was going on, a second too late, I stalled which became very frightening,” Bowe explained. “The others [behind] all did an unbelievable job to miss me. Far too close.”

Bowe fell to as low as 15th before making it up to fourth by race end, behind Andrew Miedecke, Gavin Bullas and Jim Richards. It was Camaro driver Miedecke’s first win of the year.

Bowe made amends in the reverse grid race two, winning from Tony Edwards’ new Torana SL/R 5000 and Brad Tilley (XY Falcon).

It was an encouraging showing from the SL/R 5000 in just its second outing, suggesting it will be a weapon when fully sorted, particularly on tighter circuits.

Bowe then wrapped up the round with victory in race three, heading home Miedecke and Richards. The race three order mirrored the overall round result. Bowe now has a handy championship lead.

Read more about the Touring Car Masters in the current edition of Australian Muscle Car magazine, including a mini profile on Holden’s likely TCM hero and pics of the new XB Falcon. Look for the Mad Max Interceptor on the cover.

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