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Genuine GT-HO Phase III resurfaces

April 5th, 2018 by mcowner | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

AMC #101 showcases a genuine XY Falcon GT-HO Phase III that was hidden away for four decades and has only now resurfaced. It’s a relic from racing’s glory days that’s been frozen in time – rust, dust, warts and all – in exactly the form it last raced. Now that it’s back in the spotlight its intriguing back story can be told.

The pages of AMC have showcased many magnificent beasts from the much-loved Improved Production era of Australian touring car racing over the years. Yet never have we featured one of these animals still in exactly the form in which it last competed. Until now.

This car with its original paint, bodywork and running gear is a bit like a mighty creature preserved in a museum through taxidermy – it’s a magnificently original specimen despite showing the effects of aging. In this Falcon’s case, its aged appearance is 46 years in the making.

This survivor last raced on May 14, 1972. On that day, at Calder Park, it hit the track against machines driven by the greats of the tin-top scene. When the chequered flag fell to end the meeting’s 15-lap finale, no one could have foreseen that this yellow monster would never visit a racetrack again. Just as this Ford was starting to hit its straps, it was parked, having contested just six race meetings. Its dust-encrusted interior and corrosive-spotted paintwork is the result of being tucked away in a handful of locations ever since.

Today it stands as a fascinating time capsule for us to study. If it could talk it would tell some fascinating tales from its short competition career. Yet, the most amazing stories from its life are the ones before and after its half-dozen track attacks.

This is a genuine XY Ford Falcon GT-HO Phase III that first competed in the Series Production era at the 1971 Sandown 250. En route to that event it was involved in an ultra high-speed police chase along the Hume Highway that ended, ironically, at Broadmeadows.

For a full rundown on this incident, the strife and times of its owner, how it came to be taken off the track after a handful of events and why it was squirreled away for four decades, check out issue #101 of Australian Muscle Car. On sale now.

Over 16 pages we outline its short but eventful competition life and how it was being developed into arguably the most stunning and toughest-looking genuine Phase III to hit the track in period.

Yet, even without the words, this car, with its tarnished appearance makes for a fascinating visual feast.

Beyond our cover story, AMC’s revamped news section examines an issue on the lips of race fans across the nation. Ford Australia continues to reject pleas to allow its Mustang – or any other current model – to be represented in the Supercars series. AMC investigates the impasse and wonders whether there is another way forward.

Meantime, Australia’s oldest racetrack celebrates a milestone anniversary, while Australia’s newest racetrack opens.

Bob Morris is our new legend columnist, while we welcome back Aaron Noonan.

For Holden fans, a legendary Holden Monaro from New Zealand’s storied muscle car past has been resurrected and returned to the track. We also take a good long look at the V8s Till ’98 campaign that began when Holden’s very own V8 engine came under serious threat in 1984. But then the cavalry – armed with typewriters and a catchy tagline – arrived to rally the troops and save the day.

This issue’s Muscle Man is Bruce Stewart, the quintessential Bathurst co-driver, providing fast and reliable back-up between the 1965 and 1997 Great Races. He’s still racing today via racing with his son.

All that and a whole lot more in the new edition of AMC magazine.

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