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Holden Torana SL/R F5000

April 2nd, 2015 by Luke | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

This edition we showcase one very special Holden Dealer Team Torana – a factory Holden racing machine with an engine straight from a Formula 5000 open-wheeler.

It was the fastest car run by the iconic operation, back in the mid to late 1970s.

This Torana – what we’re dubbing a SL/R F5000 – was a built-from-the-ground-up racing machine, with suspension developed by one of the country’s leading racecar engineers. It was clothed in wild flared-guard bodywork designed by none other than Holden’s in-house stylist himself, Leo Pruneau. It would be driven by Holden’s number one factory driver, Colin Bond, who at the time was the reigning Australian Touring Car Champion.

“It looked a million dollars when it was finished!” Colin Bond chuckles as he recalls the HDT LH Torana SL/R 5000 Sports Sedan’s public unveiling in mid-1976.

Bond and the next driver to take on the project, leading engineer Ron Harrop, outline their recollection of racing this brute.

Beyond our cover story, we present an introductory guide to the 25 most desirable – in our opinion, at least – classic American muscle cars.

AMC #80 also presents a ground-breaking story closer to home. Debate has raged for decades whether Chrysler Australia intended to race a 340-engined Charger. But what if we told you it wasn’t the Charger that Tonsley Park originally considered for a V8-based racing program? Full details of the plans for a V8 Pacer racer, including proof in the form of correspondence, in our latest edition.

It’s hard to believe that Glenn Seton is 50 this year. In fact, he reaches the milestone while this edition sits on newsstands. It’s an appropriate time to reflect on his ultra-successful career and its many dramatic moments in the latest in our regular Muscle Man series.

Racing legend Fred Gibson recalls a classic commercial, while new AMC columnist Paul Gover outlines his awkward teen years growing up as a car-mad youngster in Campbelltown.

As to our regular posters, one side features a 1969 Ford XW Falcon GT, the other a Holden LC Torana GTR XU-1.

Oh, and we’ve nailed down exactly which car graced the Bathurst 1000 grid more than any other. But you’ll have to buy the latest edition to find out. On sale now.

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