May 1st, 2013 by Luke | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized |

The May/June edition of Australian Muscle Car magazine winds the clock back to 1968, to when Holden kickstarted its love affair with Bathurst. This was via its newly-released Monaro model and the shortlived Holden Dealer Racing Team.

The HDRT was a short-lived entity born specifically for Bathurst 1968 and buried soon after. It achieved little, except for helping GM-H’s heavies decide how they should go about racing the following year via Harry Firth. AMC examines the first incarnation of the dealer team by speaking to the Holden executive who was the General’s link man to it.

We also discover that Monaro GTS 327 runners were lucky to be allowed to grid up for the 1968 Hardie-Ferodo 500.

Our story is prompted by the return of #23D, the sole surviving HDRT Monaro GTS 327s from Bathurst 1968. This is a car that resurfaced recently when its new owner discovered its real identity. The previous owner had it for 40-odd years and didn’t realise he had a slice of Mount Panorama history sitting in his shed.

#23D was driven at Bathurst by Bill Brown and Paul Hawkins.

This Monaro is not the only reborn factory-backed competition muscle car to appear in AMC #67. This edition includes a story on the Big O Falcon of Larry Ormsby and its restoration by current owner Mark Negri.

Mark not only restored the XW Falcon GT-HO racer – he resuscitated the drag car’s transporter as well!

AMC #67 also tracks the rise and fall of the big Aussie six, from Marina to Torana and Centura to Charger.

We cover the weekend when monsters invaded Phillip Island; examine the growth of the Group N racing; look at the Panel Van phenomenon; interview ‘Muscle Man’ Bob Skelton; and checkout the GT RSPEC in production car racing.

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