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May 26th, 2016 by Luke | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized |

Stampede! AMC #88 hunts down the real story behind the so-called Super Rhino GTs – the early 1970s Fairmont GTs assembled by Ford South Africa and now in the hands of Australian poachers. For so long the XW and XY Fairmont GTs were the red-headed step-children of the Falcon GT world. Today, these South African-assembled cars are increasingly recognised as a quirky chapter in Australia’s performance car and manufacturing heritage. Our 20-page cover story tells all.
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So why were these genuine GTs rejected by the herd? Much of it was driven by ignorance, as very little was known about these cars. Also working against them was the desire by some owners of Australian-assembled Falcon GTs to maintain their cars’ exclusivity and value.

Slowly, though, those barriers have come down. Not completely, mind you, and it hasn’t come easy, but there’s a growing recognition of these cars.

“They are part of the history of the Falcon GT and built in Geelong but assembled in Port Elizabeth,” the Fairmont GT Register’s Darryl Rule says.

Many Fairmont GTs filtered back to Australia in the period between 2000 and 2007. This was when prices for classic Australian muscle cars went through the roof, before the bubble burst as the Global Financial Crisis hit. With values of Falcon GTs skyrocketing in the early years of the new millennium, the South African equivalents were seen as a cheaper alternative.

Who wouldn’t fancy owning a classic GT for a lot less than the local market price?

“These are real GTs, just marketed in another country,” says Rob Macedon, owner of our Wimbledon White XW cover car. “The differences are miniscule and they deserve to be included as GTs.”

Beyond our cover story, the latest AMC also features Allan Grice’s surviving A9X, the wildest Jaguar to race in Oz and the top 25 Bathurst privateers.

Tony Sawford’s ex-Allan Grice, Craven Mild A9X Torana has led a very interesting life, as our story tells.

Mark Trenoweth’s ex-John McCormack’s Jaguar XJS is one Big Cat that is both pure-bred and feral. It’s most certainly a rare breed of Historic Sports Sedan in being prolifically raced for much of its life but surviving unmolested today.

Meantime, AMC presents the best – and best remembered – privateers to have tackled the Bathurst 1000. If you think we’ve overlooked anyone, drop us an email.

Our Muscle AQ0Q0368 smallMan this issue is Alan Hamilton, who  very nearly pulled off the biggest upset in ATCC history. He was also central to two of Ford’s most dramatic moments at Bathurst. Not bad for a bloke who imported and sold Porsches for a living. Hamilton, who is still active on the Historic racing scene, tells us all about his remarkable career.

We remember the doyen of motoring journalists Bill Tuckey and Peter Williamson, who both passed away over the last two months. ‘Willo’ was the public face and voice of Racecam and a highly successful driver in his own right. He had a role transforming the television coverage of car racing can’t be under-estimated, took us for a lap of his racing career a few short months before his passing.

The subject of our Sacred Sites section is the original, 4.82km incarnation of the fabulous facility we now know as the 4.45km Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. Of course, it’s essentially the same circuit, give or take 370 metres in length.

As to our posters, it’s a case of Oh Captain, My Captain. Everyone loves Peter Janson. His 1979 Hardie-Ferodo 1000 runner-up A9X is a thing of beauty. The flipside features a 1972 Valiant Charger R/T E49.

Finally, a parallel universe existed in the United States in the 1960s via an event with uncanny similarities to the Bathurst classic. And it all played out – with some Aussie flavouring – in Marlboro country.

All that and a whole lot more!

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