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November 3rd, 2016 by mcowner | No Comments | Filed in Features |

Asset image for blog AMC 91 1 smallerAMC #91 rewinds 50 years back to 1966 and the dawn of the Muscle Car era as the previously conservative Big Three manufacturers – Ford, Holden and Chrysler – geared up for a colourful period of performance motoring.

1966 saw the introduction of decimal currency, Skippy the Bush Kangaroo and American influence on our motoring scene.

We check out the Big Three’s performance offerings in ’66: Ford’s newly introduced V8-powered XR Falcon; Holden’s HR X2 and Chryslers VC V8.

1966 was also the year the mighty Mini Cooper S triumphed at Bathurst. We chat to the winner of that race, Bob Holden, who tells us how he and Finnish flyer Rauno Altonen went from being the third-string BMC combo to the local factory team’s spearheads. Bob opens up on the demon tweaks he made to the #13C Cooper S in the week leading up to the big race.

Speaking of Minis, AMC #91 puts the spotlight on the Aussie-built Cooper S model. Few car enthusiasts know that the long list of cars built in Australia includes the 1966 Bathurst-winning Morris Cooper S model. The Aussie-produced Cooper S – which was far more than a local assembly job – was made within a well-hit cover drive of the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Motor racing was changing rapidly in 1966 with a series of firsts and lasts – and unprecedented success for those from the antipodes. AMC presents six images from season ’66 that sum up racing in the period.

Beyond our 1966 content, we tell the story of a pioneering A9X Torana. Just when you thought all of the Group C Torana racecars were either lost forever or already found, another one has emerged – Warren Cullen’s rare four-door A9X from 1977.

All that and much more in the latest issue of Australian Muscle Car magazine.

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