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Hey Charger II

October 25th, 2012 by Luke | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

Twelve months ago the first Australian Muscle Car magazine with a Chrysler Charger as the main cover car hit the newsstands. It sold like hotcakes. In fact, it was the third highest selling AMC of all time.

So we’re going around again, this time to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the ultimate Bathurst homologation special from the pentastar brand, the Chrysler Charger R/T E49 of 1972.

Charger experts Gavin Farmer and Gary Bridger celebrate the E49’s 40th birthday and put this misunderstood muscle car in its rightful place in history – at the top of the pile of Aussie classics. We also reveal how the Charger became immortal muscle across the ditch thanks to its Kiwi racing success.

Meantime, Paul Gover reports on the Falcon GT’s homecoming, the ‘quarter century’ HSV GTS and the latest on Holden’s and Ford’s futures. He also introduces us to Phil Harding, the former Rolls-Royce guru, hand-picked by Tom Walkinshaw to be his chief wizard in Oz.

Holden fans are well catered for in the November/December edition as James Cockington tells the fascinating story of the first Monaro to win a major race, the 1968 Sandown classic. It’s a yarn about how two Holden employees became race-winners – simply because no-one else knew the car as well as they did. Meantime, Phil Walmsley reports in from Bathurst about a special celebration of Brocky’s triumphant LJ XU-1 in ’72.

Then there’s a profile on the bloke once described as “one of the straightest in racing”. Warren Cullen famously put a condom on a Commodore, to fund his racing. Paul Newby interviews this likable accidental touring car driver.

For Ford fans, we go behind the scenes as Bottle-O says “cheers” to the 1967 Bathurst winning XRGT via a very special livery. This is the inside story of how that retro V8 Supercar paintscheme came to life. There’s more to it than just stickers and paint. You could say it was 45 years – and 4.5 months – in the making.

Our ace reporter Bruce Moxon takes us on and off-track for the event that’s getting bigger and better every Father’s Day, this year with added muscle from NZ – the Muscle Car Masters.

Also don’t miss the Hardie Ferodome. After Lang Lang and You Yangs, James Cockington rediscovers the lesser-known, but still vital, proving grounds that are part of Aussie muscle car history.

Finally, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the race that’s largely been forgotten – the 1962 Bathurst 6-Hour Classic. All that and more in issue #64 of AMC.

2012 XU-1s on the Mountain

October 16th, 2012 by mcowner | No Comments | Filed in Features

Celebrations at Bathurst 2012 weren’t confined to marking 50 years of the Great Race. Muscle Car Events Australia put on a sizeable shindig to commemorate Peter Brock’s first Bathurst victory, at the wheel of an LJ GTR XU-1 Torana in 1972. That year’s Hardie-Ferodo 500 saw the beginning of a legend and vindicated Holden’s belief that a small and nimble car could triumph over the might of Ford’s 5.8-litre GT-HO Falcons.

XU-1s on the Mountain, organised by Todd Martin, celebrated the 40th anniversary of that achievement, as well as recognising the role played by others in the success of the XU-1.

Some 150 GTRs and GTR XU-1s from all states and territories converged on Mount Panorama, with registrations completed in time for the Thursday night welcome dinner.

Friday had the ground reverberating as drivers prepared themselves for the ‘Shannons Touring Tarmac Rally’, with cars departing at 20-second intervals. The sight of so many Toranas, with over 30 different colours represented, must have given locals flashbacks to the psychedelic ’70s. Route instructions saw participants arrive at Carcoar Dam for brunch, with the second leg returning participants to home base at the Bathurst Showgrounds.

The Thursday, Friday and Saturday night dinners saw participants regaled with stories of the glory days from Bob Morris, Colin Bond, Ian Tate and Bev Brock. The Saturday night affair saw trophies awarded and also featured an auction of some rare and desirable items.
The cars were displayed in front of the National Motor Racing Museum on Saturday and Sunday, giving trackside fans the opportunity to see them. For owners, it was a chance to reflect that their pride and joy was very much as raced back in the late Series Production and early Group C eras. Hopefully the 50th anniversary event in 2023 will see them receive due recognition with parade laps around the track, which were culled when the on-track program fell behind schedule.

Story and images Phil Walmsley