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The mighty Monaro turns 50

July 19th, 2018 by mcowner | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

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AMC celebrates the 50th birthday of the mighty Monaro by presenting 50 reasons to love and revere Holden’s first muscle car, the GTS 327 – like the wacko advertising used to launch it! Dressing a model up as Little Red Riding Hood complete with a ‘wolf’ as a trusty sidekick? What were Holden’s advertising agency thinking? Or smoking?

Actually, issue #103 of Australian Muscle Car magazine will tell you what this was all about as we outline Monaro’s marketing campaign for its two-door image car. This includes backgrounding the famous catsuited-model night shot featuring a Warwick Yellow Monaro. If you think Holden was solely targeting hairy-chested macho men with its hottest Monaros, think again.

The latest issue also goes behind the scenes of the super coupe’s design, development and racing.

Imagine what it was like to join Holden in early 1968, just as the company was about to unveil its revolutionary Monaro. Who better to walk us through the super coupe’s styling than automotive design historian and author Paul Beranger, who, 50 years ago, became the youngest member of the team that had brought a legend to life.

For Ford fans, we feature a very special shed-find – a Goss racing HO. It’s the car that rocketed John Goss to racing stardom, which has resurfaced in New Zealand after decades hidden away. This blue and black beast is the Falcon raced by Goss in the Bathurst classic in both 1971 and 1972. It’s the XY GT-HO in which he won the 1972 Sandown 250 and that year’s South Pacific Touring Car Series. This makes it, in AMC’s estimation at least, the most successful known-surviving privateer or dealer-entered Phase III from Australian motor racing’s storied Series Production era. It’s the only non factory-prepared and entered GT-HO to win a round of the Australian Manufacturers Championship and claim a tin-top series win.

50th birthday of the mighty Monaro

Issue #103’s Muscle Man profile centres on George Fury. ‘Furious George’ has rarely given interviews, and has hardly been sighted since retiring from racing in 1991, but he made an exception for veteran motorsport writer David Hassall and AMC. And he has plenty to say about his incredible journey from his troubled home country to a starring role at Bathurst.

Fury really was an enigma. A quiet and humble farmer, he was nevertheless confident in his own ability and can still surprise with a blistering opinion. He’s been notably absent from the motorsport scene for more than 25 years, but not through any sense of bitterness or disinterest. In fact the Talmalmo farmer remains a fan, watching F1 and Supercars races on TV from the remote property on the upper Murray he has called home almost his entire adult life. He even has a racecar in his shed and anonymously takes it to the occasional Winton trackday.

Elsewhere in this edition we recall Amaroo’s much-loved AMSCAR Series, in particular the Group C years. A follow-on feature zeroes in on privateer who beat the professionals to win the 1983 AMSCAR title – Terry Shiel. AMC speaks to Shiel about his title success, of taking on Moffat’s factory RX7s and being a privateer trying to make his way in a category with a famously flexible set of technical rules.

Another racing star, Kevin Bartlett, plays tour guide to AMC readers through his personal mementos, curios and souvenirs from his equally eclectic racing career.

All that and a whole lot more in the latest issue of Australian Muscle Car magazine.

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