Category: A Visit to the Past

1967 Ford XR GT

Just 8 Months after the release of the new XR range, Ford released the XR GT. Powered by a 289 cubic inch Windsor V8 motor, it was always going to be a hit. On April 18, 1967, Ford’s General Sales Manager, Keith Horner, issued a Confidential Dealer Bulletin headed “Falcon GT”. The bulletin was short…



1968 Holden HK Monaro GTS 327

The iconic Monaro gave Holden their first Bathurst win and instantly became an Aussie classic Although plenty of rear window stickers promised ‘Drive a Bathurst Winner’ not every Holden Monaro was created equal. The entry level HK model was effectively a two-door taxi, powered by a feeble 161 cubic-inch six driving through either a three-speed…



Chrysler Valiant Pacer review

Chrysler Australia paved the way for the iconic Charger with three generations of the Pacer Readers of a certain age will remember standing on street corners in the early 70s, flashing a ‘V sign’ and yelling “Hey, Charger!” at the sight of a sleek new Aussie coupe burbling by. Spurred on by a slick advertising…



Holden Torana LX A9X

This is a ranking that, once upon a time, would have started pub fights around the country. Even now, there’s no guarantee we haven’t caused a scuffle or two at the odd barbecue. To pick the A9X over the much-loved Ford Phase III is a big call. For a number of the judges, the decision…



Holden Torana LC & LJ XU-1

It is now coming up to 30 years since I was given the opportunity by publisher (the late) Geoff Paradise to write a whole magazine on Toranas. This was The History of Torana: from Viva to Victory, and Geoff persuaded Peter Brock to write the introduction. It went like this: TORANA – the name always…



1972 Chrysler Valiant Charger E49 R/T

The late-60s/early-70s, I reckon, was the best period in the Australian motoring industry. It’s when we made world-class muscle cars that were superior to American cars, and the Charger was right in the middle of it. They were dynamically better than their US cousins and the VH Charger won Wheels magazine’s Car of the Year…



GT-HO Phase III Sleeper Cop Car

GT-HO wolves in sheep’s clothing – great for the enthusiast but totally unfair in the hands of the highway patrol! With the numbers of XY Phase III GTHOs locked in at 300 and with around a third to half of that number still in existence, there seems to be a burgeoning market for other high…



Peter Brock

Peter Geoffrey Brock, AM (26 February 1945 – 8 September 2006), otherwise known as Peter Perfect, The King of the Mountain, or simply Brocky, was one of Australia’s best-known and most successful motor racing drivers. Brock was most often associated with Holden for almost 40 years, although he raced vehicles of other manufacturers including BMW,…



Dick Johnson’s Shell Sierra

While Saturday Sleuthing has generally revolved around the history and racing lives of modern-day V8 Supercars, more and more of our V8 Sleuth’s email is asking about older cars from the Group A and Group C era that helped pave the way for the V8 Supercars Championship that exists today. Aaron Noonan is often asked…



Bob Jane – Rebel at Heart

Fourty eight years ago Bob Jane won the first Bathurst and started a legend Bob Jane was already a star when he and Harry Firth won the first Armstrong 500 miler at Bathurst in 1963. He’d also won the two previous 500s (at Phillip Island) and two Touring Car Championships (1962 and ’63), and was…