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Time to think pink

August 23rd, 2012 by Luke | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

Prepare to have your retinas seared, as Australian Muscle Car’s ‘Pink Issue’ is now on sale.

On pole position in AMC’s September/October 2012 edition is the LJ Torana GTR XU-1 in its most famous colour, Strike Me Pink. Our XU-1 coverage includes: an in-depth interview with legendary Holden stylist Leo Pruneau: tracks the remarkable history of the HDT’s #24C Torana crashed at Bathurst in 1972 by Colin Bond; and outlines the life and times of a pink roadgoing XU-1 that was once a paddock basher for a rabbit hunter! We pay homage (over 20 pages) to the ultimate version of Holden’s giant-killing six, and celebrate the end of a golden era of production cars.

AMC’s pink-flavoured stories also include a story on a Western Australian touring car team’s push to become a pro racing squad – with pink Walkinshaw Group A Commodores. And we’ve tracked down Leanne Edelsten’s pink Pantera.

Beyond pink, Paul Gover reveals bold new moves by Ford and Holden to add muscle to their sales appeal. ‘PG’ also introduces us – and Jamie Whincup – to a living motorsport treasure, who was on the podium of the first three ATCCs.

Meanwhile, we welcome Fred Gibson to our regular columnist ranks. Falcon fans will also be interested in our review of Ford’s big blue oval – the You Yangs proving ground.

AMC also uncovers rare evidence of the Falcon’s first race – on a little-known Queensland circuit – months before its ‘official’ debut at the inaugural Armstrong 500.

F5000 set for Masters blast-off

August 15th, 2012 by Luke | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

The Formula 5000 field for the category’s debut at the Muscle Car Masters will include a car with a retro livery – the McRae GM1 of Chris Lambden.

The F5000 racer and now V8 Supercars commissioner will race at Sydney Motorsport Park on September 1-2 with major backing from Castrol.

AMC believes Lambden’s retro livery is a sign the corporate world is recognizing the popularity of Historic motor racing. Heritage is the new black, with the Historic scene motorsport’s only real growth branch.

The Muscle Car Masters will host the opening round of the MSC Formula 5000 Tasman Revival series for season 2012/13, as well as the second event in the inaugural Australian F5000 Cup.

“This is the first time that F5000 has appeared at the Muscle Car Masters and, with the NZ cars and drivers who are entering, it will be a quality field, which should provide a great spectacle,” Lambden explained.

Entries were yet to close at the time of writing, although a field of approximately 20 cars was expected to be on the entry list.

Meantime, a stellar field of historically-significant racecars will hit SMP (the new name for Eastern Creek Raceway) for the Master Blasts.

Headlining these ‘best-of-the-best’ on-track sessions is an ex-factory HK GTS 327 Monaro from the 1968 Hardie Ferodo 500 that has recently resurfaced. The ex-Bill Brown/Paul Hawkins Holden Dealer Racing Team Monaro will be joined by one of the two surviving GT-HO Phase IVs racecars, the 1992 Bathurst-winning Nissan GT-R, the HDT’s last #05 Commodore and the 1986 Bathurst winning Chickadee Commodore. Add to that a genuine Bathurst XU-1, E49 and Phase III and the high-speed blasts will be just that – a blast.