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Australian Muscle Car

Issue 115

Australian Muscle Car is a fresh, proudly Australian publication dedicated to preserving the legend of the unique ‘Australian made’ Ford vs Holden muscle car heritage. From 1960s classic Bathurst muscle to the super sophisticated Falcon and Commodore performance cars of the new millennium and everything in between.

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Australia
Language:
English
Publisher:
Nextmedia Pty Ltd
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3 min.
steve normoyle

In the 1970s it was hard to think of anything more quintessentially ‘Aussie’ than the chorus line from that legendary Holden TV ad jingle – surely the ‘C’mon Aussie, C’mon’ of the Australian car industry. Except that this famous Aussie ad turned out to be a direct copy of Chevrolet’s 1974 campaign in the USA, with the chorus changed from the original ‘Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet. Apart from an example of what car companies could get away with in the pre-internet age, it shows how public perception doesn’t always reflect reality. Holden has been American-owned since 1931. For practical purposes, this ‘Aussie icon’ is no more Australian than Ford Australia was when both companies were still making cars in this country. The idea of Holden as ‘Australia’s Own’ is something…

3 min.
gm firms up oz future

In a deal that could be announced by the time you are reading this, the Walkinshaw Group is expected to represent GM in Australia. The plan was flagged when the axing of Holden was announced on February 17, with references made to GM Specialty Vehicles (GMSV) in a media release and during a press conference. “Although it’s not firmed up formally, our intent and our desire is to stay in the market, albeit in a different format and a different model with the GM Specialty Vehicles,” GM International Operations Senior Vice President Julian Blissett told the media. While the Walkinshaw Group wasn’t named specifically, the company itself and the family it’s named after have deep ties to both Holden and GM. The late Tom Walkinshaw created Holden Special Vehicles and took over the…

1 min.
tickford secures roush partnership

Tickford has become an official partner of American Ford performance tuning house Roush Engineering. The partnership sees Tickford now able to offer a variety of Roush Performance upgrades for the Mustang and F150 series through its Melbourne and Sydney locations, along with the additional five Tickford Enhancement Centres around the country. Tickford will also work closely with Roush in the development of new products for Fords. The two companies share a philosophy of only working with, and on, Ford vehicles. The Roush name is legendary in the US when it comes to racing and Ford road car performance enhancement Jack Roush’s career began as an engine development engineer at Ford in 1964, before forming Roush Performance Engineering in 1976. Apart from a brief spell with Chrysler in the early ‘70s, Roush has specialised…

1 min.
camaro supercars conundrum

Complicating the future of Camaro in Australia is the push to make it the replacement for the Holden Commodore ZB in Supercars racing. The Walkinshaw Andretti United racing team – in which the Walkinshaw family has a share along with Michael Andretti and Zak Brown’s United Autosport – has researched the development of a Supercar based on the Camaro exterior. It says it can’t retain its visual integrity without modification to the roll-hoop. Otherwise you end up with a humpy version caricature… think what the Ford Mustang Supercar looks like compared to the road car. So getting the rules changed is one challenge… the other is who would control the homologation program for the car. Back in the good old days the Walkinshaws ran the Holden Racing Team and ruled the Supercars world. But…

1 min.
bressington tops chaotic tcm opener

Adam Bressington’s 2020 TCM Campaign could not have got off to a better start, the Camaro driver scoring overall victory in the season opener in Adelaide to grab the early series lead. To bag the points lead and victory in the first race of the season – Bressington’s first win in more than 12 months – was a case of perfect timing as the NSW driver is still to secure sufficient funding to complete the full season. It was an incident-packed opening round, the carnage commencing at the very first corner of the first race as John Bowe made a rare error under brakes that triggered a multi-car melee. Bowe apologised on national TV afterwards, and was docked 30 championship points. Jason Gomersall and Jim Pollicina made it a Torana LX two-three, with…

2 min.
coronavirus chaos hits motorsport season

The threat posed by the Coronavirus was hit home in this country in spectacular fashion with the shock last-minute cancellation of the Australian Grand Prix. In a chaotic chain of events, as early as the Thursday evening before the AGP weekend the international motorsport media was reporting the event was set to be called off (reports that several prominent F1 drivers had already flown out of Melbourne turned out to be correct). In what was numerously described as a ‘fluid’ situation, events moved quickly after several F1 crew members tested positive to the virus on Thursday. For a while it seemed as though a domestic race meeting would go ahead featuring the local categories, including Supercars, S5000 openwheelers and TCR. As late as 8am on Friday morning the Australian Grand Prix Corporation was…