Australian Muscle Car

Australian Muscle Car Issue 118

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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valiant book

It’s been almost 40 years since the last Valiant CM sedan rolled off the Tonsley Park (above) assembly line. Our VG Pacer cover story by Gavin Farmer this issue is a reminder of time 50 years ago when Chrysler took the fight to Holden and Ford in the marketplace and, especially, on the race track, as the third player in what became known as the ‘Big Three’. For more on the history of the Valiant in Australia, check out Gavin Farmer’s book: VALIANT: Finest of the 3. It retails for $100 and can be purchased on-line at…


We’ve had some more feedback from our lost Dick Johnson Holdens from Whaddayaknow in issue #116. And from some of that correspondence we need to correct the record, because it seems we had some of our facts wrong. We had been under the impression that Dick’s XU-1, the Nixon-Smith car, was the ex-Holden Dealer Team machine shared by Peter Brock and Doug Chivas at Bathurst in 1973. This, however, is incorrect. The Nixon-Smith Torana was not the Brock/ Chivas machine (for more on the Nixon-Smith car, check David Cox’s letter in Muscle Mail). Ian Tate, the HDT mechanic who built the cars in the first place, confirmed to us that the ’73 Brock/Chivas XU-1 did not become the Nixon-Smith car, but rather was sold by the HDT to Graeme Blanchard Holden…

wally’s words

At the turn of the new century, the Holden Racing Team was on a roll. Championship wins with Lowndes in 1998 and ’99, while Skaife would take out the 2000 title. The joint was humming and on top of its game. So much so, that minds would start to head into other ‘creative’ areas… Early that year (2000), there seemed to be an inordinate interest in fruit – or more particularly in oranges! The pre-fab, engineering and engine guys in their spare time were squirreling away in their ‘sand pit’ measuring, cutting and sealing bits of PVC tubing of different diameters and lengths, as well as purchasing an amazing array of piezo ignition units. Also on the order sheets were various spray cans – from hairspray to that old faithful ‘Start-Ya-Bastard!’ Then…

editor’s induction steve normoyle

Ask yourself this: which Great Race victory is the greatest? Easy, some would say: it has to be Larry Perkins’ 1995 last-to-first win. But what about the Holden Racing Team in 1990 – a victory against a huge field of faster turbocars? No one saw that coming. Then there’s Allan Moffat’s 1977 one-two ‘form finish’. Or for sheer breathtaking dominance, what about the Peter Brock/Jim Richards 1979 six-lap demolition job? But how about that combo’s follow-up win the next year? On the surface, the victory for Brock/Richards in 1980 isn’t a Bathurst win out of the ordinary. After all, Brock and his Holden Dealer Team Commodore VB (updated to VC for Bathurst) had won the championship; he Richards were the logical pre-race favourites. There were some other handy Commodores they’d have to beat,…

world beater

Warwick Brown is a name that might not be instantly recognisable to some AMC readers. But Brown still receives mail from Formula 1 fans even though he only started in one F1 grand prix – and that was more than 40 years ago. He might not have been a success in Formula 1, but that solitary F1 race in an uncompetitive car was but a tiny chapter in Brown’s international career, because elsewhere in 1970s motor racing – in the 5.0-litre small block Chev V8-powered world of Formula 5000 and single-seater Can Am – he was one of the world’s best. At the age of 22, with only a handful of years’ racing experience, Warwick and his small Sydney-based team ventured to the USA take on the likes of Mario Andretti and…

a valiant effort

In 1970, Holden’s new Torana XU-1 six-cylinder high-performance/Bathurst 500 challenger could hardly have been more different from its intended opponent, the Falcon GT-HO Phase II. But there was a third contender in Series Production racing that year, a new player with an altogether different machine. Chrysler’s VG Valiant Pacer landed somewhere in between the GT-HO and XU-1: a large car like the Falcon but without the grunt of a V8, and a six-cylinder like the XU-1 but hamstrung by a three-speed gearbox. In these respects it came up short, and yet with a bit of luck a Pacer could easily have finished third at Bathurst behind the two factory Fords. With Chrysler not staying the course in racing in Australia it’s easy to overlook the Pacers half a century on,…