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The real grand tourer

June 21st, 2012 by Luke | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

The XA GT has the best strike rate of any Falcon GT model in the annual Bathurst classic – two from two. The model won back-to-back Great Races in hardtop form in 1973 and 1974. And it took 33 years for another Falcon model, the BF, to win more than one Bathurst.

The XA GT’s Bathurst success is just one reason to love the model that’s lived in the shadow of the XW and XY GTs for far too long.

The July/August edition of Australian Muscle Car has come up with 40 reasons to love this groundbreaking Falcon.

The XA GT’s 40th birthday headlines the latest edition of AMC.

Beyond our cover story we also look at the lifespan of Bob Jane’s mega Monza sports sedan. We outline how Aussie ingenuity turned this Chev into a winged monster that frightened officials, blew off rivals and thrilled fans. Readers might be surprised who owns this car today and what form the car exists. Hint: the father of a current main series V8 Supercar driver owns it.

Meantime, we go behind the high-security fences at the Lang Lang proving ground to see where Holden developed its performance vehicles and race cars.

AMC examines how FPV is coping with these challenging times. Paul Gover bails up the performance arm’s new chief, Bryan Mears.

Aussie motorsport’s original Mr Versatile, Jim Gullan, raced everything from bikes and home-built specials to Grand Prix cars and dragsters. David Cook tells the fascinating story of Australia’s ultimate all rounder.

To follow-up our ultra-popular ‘Aussies in Trans-Am’ edition, we check out the only genuine Trans-Am Series car we know of on these shores.

Built in 1967, it raced in the famed Trans-Am series before making its mark in NZ. Now in Queensland, this rare Shelby notchback is a little gem.

Ahead of the Muscle Car Masters, we examine the growing Formula 5000 scene. F5000 are the most muscular of open-wheelers and Chris Lambden rose to the challenge of buying and racing one. Read what to expect when these 1970s bruisers make their debut at the MCM in September.

Our ‘Back in the Day’ pictorial focuses on the 1987 Calder 500, held only a week after, but a world away from, the Bathurst 1000. We relive this unique round of the World Touring Car Championship.

Our ‘MIA Found’ section reports on a remarkably unsuccessful at Bathurst class car – the Chris Heyer-driven VW Golf that has survived fires and misfortune to live on and race to this day.

Finally, would you believe an HJ Premier with a 13B rotary? Discover the deservedly rare Roadpacer in our ‘Out of Action’ section.

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