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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.

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