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Cars & Motorcycles
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.

Country:
Australia
Language:
English
Publisher:
Nextmedia Pty Ltd
Frequency:
Bimonthly
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2 min.
thanks for the donation, officer

Last issue we focussed on Dick Johnson’s rise to fame during the 1980 Hardie Ferodo 1000 at Bathurst. As has become Australian motoring folklore, Johnson hit a bowling ball-sized rock that rolled onto the famous circuit while he was running away with the big race. When it looked like the car-destroying incident would terminate Dick’s career, donations flowed in via an impromptu telethon. Money pledged by the public (and the odd police officer – stay with us here) was matched by Ford Australia. The final sum was enough to get Dick back on track the following year in a new XD Falcon. Dick and the Tru-Blu Ford went on to win the ’81 Australian Touring Car Championship and that year’s Bathurst classic. As it turned out, one police officer’s donation turned out…

1 min.
new skaife book

These days Mark Skaife has become such a familiar face on FoxSport’s Supercars coverage that perhaps we ought to remind ourselves of his on-track career – which ended more than 10 years ago now. Because with his six Bathurst win, five ATCC titles and three Australian Drivers’ Championship crowns, Skaife is one of our greatest ever racing drivers. It’s all here in the newly released Mark Skaife illustrated autobiography. Coming 10 years on from on from Andrew Clarke’s Skaife biography, the new book boasts a wealth of photos from Skaife’s personal collection, and a series of ‘roasts and toasts’ from former rivals, team-mates, friends and sponsors. John Bowe describes him as ‘very fair but hard and tough, and goes on to say he he’d love to be racing against Skaife…

1 min.
auction update

SELLING Who? Shannons Spring Timed Online Auction What? 1992 Ford EB Falcon GT Manual (Build No. 044) When: Wednesday 11-18 November, 2020 How much? $40,000-$50,000 SELLING Who? Shannons Spring Timed Online Auction What?1973 Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 When: Wednesday 11-18 November, 2020 How much? $125,000-$145,000 SELLING Who? Shannons Spring Timed Online Auction What? 1977 Holden LX Torana A9X Sedan When: Wednesday 11-18 November, 2020 How much? $180,000-$220,000 SELLING Who? Shannons Spring Timed Online Auction What? 1974 Ford Capri RS3100 Coupe When: Wednesday 11-18 November, 2020 How much? $65,000-$75,000 SELLING Who? Shannons Spring Timed Online Auction What? 11990 Holden VN Commodore Group A SS Sedan (Build No. 80) When: Wednesday 11-18 November, 2020 How much? $60,000-$70,000 SOLD Who? Shannons Winter Timed Online Auction What? 2001 HSV Holden VX GTS 300 Sedan (Build #174) When: Wednesday 26 August, 2020 How much? $58,100 SOLD Who? Shannons Winter Timed Online Auction What? 1966 Ford Mustang Coupe (LHD) When: Wednesday 26 August, 2020 How much? $28,500 SOLD Who? Shannons Winter…

1 min.
pennies from holden heaven

Downies Collectables is paying tribute to Holden with new Enamel Penny Collections commemorating the Monaro and Torana Holden brands. There will be a limited issue of 5000 of each of these nine-penny collections, with each penny finished in 99.9 percent pure gold. The pennies feature full-colour designs of different Torana and Monaro models: the Holden Torana Enamel Penny Collection features the full Torana range from the original HB model from 1967 up till the A9X and UC models, while the Monaro collection starts with the ’68 model HK GTS and runs all the way up to the 2019 ‘Project Monaro’, a Holden collaborative exercise in re-imagining a 2004 VZ CV8 Monaro. They come in a black presentation case with include a numbered certificate of authenticity. Available only at www.downies.com…

4 min.
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…

1 min.
redemption for the walkinshaw

As the 1980s drew to a close, the VL Commodore SS Group A SV, or ‘Walkinshaw’, as it’s more commonly known, was looking set to go down in history as by far the least successful Holden model in touring car racing ever. From its race debut in mid-1988 (which coincided with the release of the all-new VN Commodore – so that within the Holden model lineage the first post-Brock HDT race homologation offering from TWR was technically out of date as soon as it hit the race track!) up until Bathurst 1990, it had scored precisely one race win. A one-two, in fact, with Larry Perkins heading home Holden Special Vehicles team-mate Denny Hulme at the end-of-year touring car support race at the ’88 Australian Grand Prix meeting on the Adelaide…