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Ford Top Gun could’ve been Mav

June 30th, 2011 by Luke | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

Check out the July/August edition of Australian Muscle Car to learn what the father of the Falcon GT-HO first proposed for Ford Australia’s 1971-release Bathurst racer.

History shows that the Falcon GT-HO Phase has become the ultimate Aussie muscle car. But it could have all turned out very differently.

When American Al Turner was approached to head-up the Blue Oval’s Aussie performance car and racing department Down Under, he proposed that Allan Moffat and his colleagues race a local version of the compact Maverick coupe from the US.

That’s just one revelation in Australian Muscle Car magazine’s 40th anniversary celebration of the 1971 Ford Falcon GT-HO Phase III.

AMC has obtained previously unseen documents from 1969 outlining what Ford was originally planning for its rocketship racer. That includes the sketch Turner sent Aussie chiefs.

A highly modified Maverick was Turner’s preferred machine for winning Bathurst in 1971.

“The addition of the spoilers to the Maverick, its fastback design and relatively small frontal area should give it an aerodynamic plus over Holden’s GTS 327 in competition,” Turner wrote in his early 1969 note to FoMoCo’s head honcho in Australia, Bill Bourke, as planned for the future.

Of course, Turner proposal was rejected. To find out why, check out AMC #56 on sale now.

Our 22-page tribute examines the car Turner ultimately built, the Phase III and outlines how to spot the real McCoy. AMC also highlights the oddball Phase IIIs built.

Holden fans aren’t forgotten in edition #56, with a look at a Kiwi Brock Commodore.

AMC also examines the 1984 Melbourne to Perth Cannonball Run and chats to the arguably the most successful of the dealers who backed Bathurst privateers.

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June 20th, 2011 by Luke | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

Australian Muscle Car is asking readers to tell us what they want, what they really, really want in their favourite magazine.

The bible of homegrown high performance and racing heritage has an online readers survey on its website,

Simply click on the ‘Muscle Car – 2011 Readers Survey’ tile on the right-hand side of the homepage and answer the questions.

It’s every reader’s opportunity to tell us what you like about AMC and what you don’t. This is your chance to let us know what you want to read about in the bi-monthly mag. Majority rules.

More race car stories? Extra road car yarns? Photo features? Personality profiles? Whatever…

Be quick, as the survey is active until July 1.

Australian Muscle Car is dedicated to telling the story of classic Aussie machinery. Creations that have aged more gracefully than Posh, Ginger, Baby, Sporty and Scary put together.