Australian Muscle Car

Australian Muscle Car Issue 119

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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mclaughlin’s third

Scott McLaughlin secured his third consecutive Australian Touring Car Championship crown after a near perfect score at the 10th round of the series at Tailem Bend. At The Bend the DJR Team Penske Ford Mustang driver put the issue beyond doubt with a pair of wins and one second placing. McLaughlin went to Bathurst, the final round in this year’s Covid-19 disrupted season, 305 points clear of Jamie Whincup. With only 300 on offer for winning the Great Race, the Red Bull Racing Commodore driver’s hopes of an eighth title will have to wait for another year. No doubt Whincup (and most of the rest of the Supercars) field will be hoping his Ford rival’s debut IndyCar race at St Peterburg the week after Bathurst goes so well that McLaughlin ends up there…

the last lap

Peter Brock’s first retirement in 1997 was built up into such an event that just about the only thing missing was a celebratory ticker tape parade through the main street of Bathurst. It couldn’t have been more different from the way his long-time Bathurst rival Allan Moffat chose to bow out. By the time of the 1990 race, Moffat had already retired, having honoured a personal pledge not to race beyond the age of 50. He won the 1989 Fuji 500 on the weekend of his 50th birthday and quietly called it quits, without ever making his decision public. So when Moffat entered himself as a driver in both his cars for the 1990 race, the general assumption was that he would take part in the race. But Moffat had no…

paul newby

They say that rain is the great equaliser, and never is that more evident than over the top at Mount Panorama. It really sorts out the men from the boys. Back in 1986, on the Wednesday practice of the Bathurst 1000 it rained. I was up there around Reid Park watching most of the drivers ‘pussy-footing’ around. There were only two guys that were really ‘on it.’ No prizes for guessing that Jim Richards in the stunning black BMW 635CSi was one. The other was Lucio Cesario in the blue Pye sponsored Alfa Romeo GTV6, its sonorous V6 engine howling through the spray. Ah, Lucio. In the early 1980s he was a bit of a favourite of mine. It was exciting to watch him man-handle the Ralt RT3 he used to…

out of action

Some muscle cars are bought by loving owners who pamper them like members of the family. Other muscle cars, though, aren’t so lucky. Some get stolen, smashed or thrashed. Some get parked and lost under a layer of dust in an old shed, others get left outside to brave the elements and slowly rust away. Sad, but true. We eyeball plenty of beautifully maintained and/or fully restored muscle classics in AMC, but as serious car pervs we have to admit there’s few things more intriguing – or exciting – than spotting an old classic in a paddock, or a shed, or under a shady tree, that’s seen better days and in need of some TLC. Some are beyond saving, but they all have a story to tell. So, get out your cameras…

too hot and bothered

Rather than conquer the Mount, the turbo assault largely conked out in 1990. Poor reliability and excessive tyre wear were the common denominators in the detonating of many a Ford Sierra’s race-winning hopes. Detonating being the operative word. A blown engine and a destroyed clutch accounted for Glenn Seton’s pair of Peter Jacking Racing Sierras. Peter Brock’s Mobil versions chewed through their Bridgestone tyres like they were going out of style and Allan Moffat’s pair of Eggenberger-fettled ANZ Sierras suffered a series of setbacks that were all too familiar to fans of the fast and fragile Fords. One Shell Sierra, the #17 example of team boss Dick Johnson and John Bowe, stayed on theme with a blown turbo, while the Paul Radisich/Jeff Allam-driven #18 went off script. That second-string Shell car…

even stevens

A man has to know his limitations, Clint Eastwood informs us in the 1973 Dirty Harry movie sequel, Magnum Force. That very same year Bob Stevens found himself at that point where he had confront his own limitations, both financial and circumstantial, as he surveyed what little remained of the brand new race car he’d just put so much time, effort and money into building. With a fledgling business and a young family to support, the smart thing might have been to walk away from the sport. But Stevens found a way to continue, in a way that was sustainable, and in which he could achieve success. From Stevens’ point of view, there wasn’t much point in going motor racing if there was no chance of victory, and so rather…