Australian Muscle Car Issue 123

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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steve normoyle

Try this test at home or at work. Find a group of people whom you know aren’t into cars, and ask them if they have heard of (or know anything about) the following: Falcon GT-HO, Torana XU-1 and Charger R/T. I did this at our office with some of the people that work on AMC’s (non-motoring) stablemate magazines. The results of this mini vox-pop were revealing. Most (though not all) claimed at least some vague awareness of the GT-HO and XU-1 (by that I mean some weren’t even sure they were cars…). But when asked about the Charger R/T, almost every one of them responded in the same way, with the words: Hey Charger! Just like that drink you have when you’re not having a drink, Chrysler’s early ‘70s ad campaign for…

down under corvettes confirmed

The C8 Chevrolet Corvette will go on sale in Australia toward the end of this year. General Motors Specialty Vehicles (GMSV) has confirmed the Australian pricing and specifications for what will be the first factory-built right-hand drive Corvette ever made in the near 70-year history of the Corvette model. The new national network of 50 GMSV dealers will be offering five different models (three coupes and two convertibles), starting with the ‘base model’ 2LT coupe, priced at $144,990 (plus on-road costs). The better equipped 3LT will sell for just over $160,000; pricing for the Carbon Edition is yet to be revealed. Tthe 2LT and 3LT will each be available in coupe and convertible form (an additional $15,000 for the convertible across the model range), while the Carbon Edition will be coupe only. The…

super utes saved by chev v8 heart transplant

The SuperUtes returned to the track at the Supercars Tailem Bend round in May, having spent the entire 2020 Covid-affected year in hibernation. During that time they’ve had a complete makeover, with their former turbo diesel powerplants and four-wheel drive drivetrains making way for a 298kW 6.2-litre LS3 Chev V8, Tremec T6060 six-speed H-pattern manual gearbox and Detroit nine-inch rear axle. Remarkably, even with the larger capacity Chev V8 engine the new-spec utes weigh in more than 100kg lighter than the former diesel versions. In another plus, with what is effectively a control engine, performance parity is said to be more easily achieved than was previously the case with the variety of different capacity and specification turbo diesels from the various dual-cab ute manufacturers. The dual-cab SuperUte category was introduced in 2018 as replacement…

mawson’s gold star

Joey Mawson clinched the first Australian Drivers Championship held for the new Ford V8-powered S5000 openwheelers after a nail-biting final round at Sydney Motorsport Park. Mawson only needed to finish in the points in the final race of the four-round championship, but his hopes looked dashed just moments after the start when he slid off the road through the Sweeper.With car escaping a high speed strip through the outfield without damage, Mawson resumed to finish in an eight place that saw him home ahead of title rivals Tim Macrow and Thomas Randle in the points. Mawson, recently returned to Australia after an abortive European openwheeler campaign, said the win meant more to him than his victory in the 2016 German Formula 4 Championship – when he beat current F1 driver Mick Schumacher. The…

trans am turns it on

The National Trans-Am Series has been something of a revelation so far in 2021, with big fields, some great racing and a solid line up of driver talent that includes some of the hottest young prospects on the Australian motor racing scene. Aaron Seton still leads the way after the third round at Sydney Motorsport Park, and while the Mustang driver has been consistently the man to beat he has come under sustained pressure from Dodge Challenger driver Nathan Herne. Seton and Herne between them have won 10 of the 12 races run so far (the other two being won by Owen Kelly). The pair left Eastern Creek first and second in the series, with Seton on 722 points, a mere four ahead of Herne. Seton had looked set for a weekend of…

bowe still on top

Steven Johnson broke through to record the first race win for his ‘Tru-Blu’ Falcon XD in round three of the Touring Car Masters Series but it was John Bowe who left Sydney Motorsport Park with the series lead. Johnson won the third and final race of the weekend but a fighting third place for Bowe, coupled with second in the Trophy race after a troubled time in the first race of the weekend, saw him accumulate enough points to keep his title rivals at bay. Bowe was pipped at the post in the Trophy Race by fellow Torana LX driver Jim Pollicina, with Bowe earning the consolation prize of a new lap record. Earlier in the weekend Ryan Hansford scored in his Torana LX, going on to claim the overall round victory. A…