Category: Australian Muscle Cars

A Tribute to Gregg Hansford – 8 April 1952 – 5 March 1995

Gregg Hansford was an amazing talent, on two and four wheels, Neil Crompton put a tribute together back in 1987 at Surfers Paradise International Raceway ATCC Round 6 when Gregg was racing with Dick Johnson’s Shell Sierra team. In 1993 Hansford won Bathurst with Larry Perkins two years before he was tragically killed at Phillip…



GOSS/BARTLETT 1974 Bathurst – Ford Falcon XA GT

The wettest race in Bathurst history to that time, saw John Goss and Kevin Bartlett take victory in a Ford Falcon GT Hardtop, under pressure in the late stages from the Holden Torana of Bob Forbes and Wayne Negus. Commentated by Will Hagon, Evan Green and Howard Marsden.



BATHURST – THE BIG THREE 4 Corners 1970

Insightful ABC TV 4 Corners program from 1970 hosted by Mike Willesee, about the rise of “The Big Three” car companies dominating Australian motorsport at the time, GMH, Ford and Chrysler. Interviewed are Harry Firth, Al Turner, John Ellis, Leo Geoghan and John Roxburgh.



History of the Ford Falcon GT-HO Phase III

The Ford Falcon XY GT-HO Phase III is one of the most valuable Australian-made cars in history, but it’s largely unknown outside its home country. It was built in the early 1970s as the third version of the GT-HO that had been specifically developed to win both the Hardie-Ferodo 500 at Mount Panorama in Bathurst,…



Reviving a Classic Aussie Sports Sedan

Jason and the team at Muscle Garage / Tuff Mounts have just completed the rebuild of this amazing Australia VH Charger which was originally built, owned and raced by racing legend Clem Smith. Featuring some amazing technology for its time, it’s a hell of a machine and it now back to complete fast laps of…



Clem Smith, the man and his Charger

Even today, the thunder of top-notch Sports Sedans delights racing purists around Australia. The cars remain spectacular and significantly fast, too; at most tracks the fastest cars are anywhere between two and six seconds quicker than current-specification V8 Supercars. Each year at Mallala one of Australia’s favourite Sports Sedans would take to the track for…



The RPO83 – a HO by another name

When the last Falcon XY Phase III rolled off the production line in 1971, it signified the end of an era, becoming the final GT-HO officially sanctioned by Ford. But it was far from the end of the HO story. The company’s replacement for the XY, the all-Australian designed and built XA range, was launched…



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…



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…



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…