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September 1st, 2011 by Luke | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized |

The 2011 Muscle Car Masters will feature an expanded line-up of historicially significant cars in its signature Master Blasts sessions, including two Bathurst 1000 winners: the 1986 James Hardie 1000-winning Chickadee VK Commodore and the 1981 1000-winning Tru-Blu Falcon.

The Chickadee machine will be driven on September 4 at Eastern Creek by its owner Graeme Bailey, the last privateer to win Bathurst. It will be the car’s first appearance at a race meeting in over 20 years. Incidently, the full story of that car’s racing career and freshen-up is the subject of Australian Muscle Car magazine’s September/October edition’s cover story.

Meantime, John ‘Father’ French, who co-drove Tru-Blu with Dick Johnson will turn laps in the Master Blasts.  Tru-Blu’s presence on Father’s Day will mark the 30th anniversary of the car’s ATCC and Bathurst win.

The Masters will be held a few days before the fifth anniversary of Peter Brock’s passing. To mark the anniversary, an #05 Commodore will turn laps in the Master Blasts. It’s the VL (now owned by Peter Champion) in which Brock started the dramatic 1987 Bathurst 1000, but only lasted until mid race before it retired. Brock then jumped into the second team car and, ultimately, won the race.

The Muscle Car Masters will pay homage to the classic muscle cars of the 1971 Hardie Ferodo 500, with an original example from that race from each of the ‘big three’ turning laps during the Master Blasts. Celebrating the GT-HO Phase III’s 40th birthday is the John French-driven works Falcon from Bathurst 1971. It will circulate with two other cars from that race: the ex-Brian Reed/Graham Ritter Charger and ex-Geoff Leeds/Digby Cooke Torana XU-1.

To reflect the growing interest in sports car racing, the 2011 MCM’s Master Blast demonstrations will feature sportscars for the first time. Porsche is bringing two Le Mans classics: the 962 which won the 1987 24-Hour classic and ‘Moby Dick’, the ‘whale tail’ 935 model of 1978. It will be the Porsche Museum cars only Sydney appearances.

Entries for the Group C/A races have again topped the 40-mark. The field includes 1986 ATCC winner Robbie Francevic in a Volvo. He will race the ex-Hazelton car.

Francevic is part of a big line-up of racing legends is confirmed for the Masters.

Races will also be held for the Touring Car Masters, Group N and Sports Sedans.

For road car fans, the day will honour the 40th anniversaries of the Ford Falcon GT-HO Phase III and Chrysler Charger R/T E38. And the 20th anniversary of the Holden Commodore VN Group A. Examples of these cars will hit the track in the featured muscle marques parade.

All that and a lot more at Eastern Creek Raceway on Fathers Day from 9am. Be there!

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