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September 11th, 2014 by Luke | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized |

To mark the 30th anniversary of the 1984 James Hardie 1000, Australian Muscle Car magazine presents the only story on the topic that readers want: where is the winning car?

Thirty years ago this year, Peter Brock and Larry Perkins led home a 1-2 form finish for the Holden Dealer Team at Mount Panorama, Bathurst.

Yet, a question mark hangs over the whereabouts of the much-loved #05 ‘Big Banger’ Commodore and the super significant #25 Holden that finished second in the hands of John Harvey and David Parsons.

One of the VK model ‘day-glo’ Marlboro cars went to the National Motor Racing Museum in Bathurst. The other went to England via Perth and continued its racing life before being returned home and restored to take a place in Peter Champion’s collection of Brock cars.

Sadly, the achievements of those cars, their success and the meticulous engineering and development that goes into creating a Bathurst winner has been stained somewhat by an ongoing disagreement in recent years.

At the core of it sits the question: which of those cars is really the #05 Bathurst winner? AMC #76 examines the evidence and presents our findings.

Our investigations include first-hand analysis of the NMRM car and conversations with a wide cross-section of people involved with the HDT at the time and with the cars since. One of these chats unearthed what we considered a ‘gold nugget’ find – news of secret markings that were stamped on the two cars when they were built in 1984. This never-before-published information surely held the key to unlocking the mystery of which car is which.

AMC magazine’s complete findings are published in the latest issue’s massive 20-page ‘Big Bang Theory’ story, compiled by Aaron Noonan, Luke West and Chris Currie.

Brock’s 1984 #05 VK Commodore also features on AMC’s poster.

Beyond the Big Banger cover story, AMC #76 tracks the life story of Harry Firth’s last Ford. Genuine works GTs with a Bathurst 500 history aren’t exactly thick on the ground. Which makes this ’68 XT Falcon one very rare bird – a phoenix risen from the ashes, in fact.

Ford fans will also love the menacing, black XA Falcon GT RPO 83 on the ‘flipside’ of the poster.

Fans of Aussie-built classics will love issue #76’s Leyland Force 7 story. The stillborn 1974 coupe was a thundering storm that blew out to sea before it was launched. AMC examines how it was born and why it died. We return one of the 10 survivors to the site of the old factory.

AMC’s Muscle Man section profiles a Monaro pioneer who seemingly had the racing world at his feet – before he disappeared from the local scene for good. We tracked down 1968 Bathurst star Phil West to find out why.

Meantime, AMC’s new R-Rated section – for mature, open-minded readers only – reveals the stillborn Valiant replacement that the Frogs tried to flog to Chrysler.

The V8 Sleuth, aka Channel Seven commentator and chassis historian Aaron Noonan, reports on a rare pair of red Ford Sierra RS500s that are being readied for the track again. No, they weren’t built in Queensland. You’ll have to wait until next edition for that story.

AMC #76 does include: a look back at Amaroo Park in our Sacred Sites section; our very first photo shoot with a model; Holden’s concept cars at MotorEx; the Muscle Car Showdown; and a new section we’ve called ‘Whaddayaknow?’.

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