October 29th, 2014 by Luke | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized |

The latest Australian Muscle Car magazine celebrates the 25th anniversary of Dick Johnson’s 1989 Bathurst 1000 win by asking Tricky Dicky how he built the world’s fastest Sierra Cosworths.

The new edition, on sale from October 30, documents the development of Dick’s red rockets from hand grenades to intercontinental missiles.

His Queensland team used some local nous, lateral ingenuity and a willingness not to take a back seat to anyone to kick some Pommie arse, as we outline in our in-depth 18-page feature story.

Traditional thinking would label an ‘Australian muscle car’ as a V8-powered Falcon, Monaro, Charger, Commodore or the like. But while its bodyshell may have originated in Europe, the red Shell Sierras very much deserve respect for their credentials as homegrown high performance racing machines. After

all, they were developed and tested locally and dominated results sheets on the domestic scene. What’s more, in the ultimate coals to Newcastle story, DJR-built Sierras beat the Poms at their own game, as Aaron Noonan’s story details.

Any car that can pump nearly 700 horsepower from a four-cylinder, turbo-charged engine that wheel spins in fourth gear is muscular in its own special way…

Some 22 years on from the last time DJR raced a Sierra – and 25 since the redback’s finest moment locally, victory in the 1989 Tooheys 1000 at Bathurst – Johnson himself takes enormous pride in the ‘world’s fastest Sierra’ label that is attached to his cars rather than those of Ruedi Eggenberger or Andy Rouse.

“I take an awful lot of pride from when people say we had the world’s fastest Sierras for the simple reason that at the beginning we were virtually the colonials from down under that had to spend time sending all the stuff to and from the UK to get any adjustments made,” Johnson tells AMC.

Pick up issue #77 to learn more about: the day Johnson effectively declared war on former supplier Rouse; how DJR overcame early reliability issues; received a boost from the crack McLaren Formula 1 team courtesy of shared sponsor Shell; and supplied cars that won multiple BTCC rounds (and races in Asia).

We also take stock of where the six DJR-built Sierras are today and feature the two Bowden’s Own cars on a stunning poster.

Beyond our cover story, another Ford legend, Allan Moffat, is the subject of our regular Muscle Man profile. And who better to tell the story of Moffat’s racing career than the man himself. In the first of a three-part profile, Moffat opens up about key Ford campaigns.

For Holden fans, we have road car stories on Australia’s most famous Torana; the Monaros that went into service for Uncle Sam; and a full set of Holden Premiers that are up for sale. As to racing Holdens, we check out one of Garry Rogers’ old Torana A9Xs and feature some never before published HDT paint schemes that didn’t make it onto the grid.

Our Sacred Sites section continues by revisiting the Calder Park Thunderdome.

When it comes to other road cars, we focus on the Aussie-built AMX pony cars. We ask why Australian Motor Industries went to the trouble of assembling just 24 Rambler AMXs in Melbourne?

We all love the burgeoning Australian Trans-Am category, so we check out what goes into transforming road-going American pony cars into racecars. By modern motor racing standards, it’s a relatively painless task. AMC takes a look under the skin of the retro class.

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