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Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle Maniac -

Firstly, love the mag­a­zine. Have ev­ery copy bar the first cou­ple. Fan­tas­tic story on the XB Fal­con pur­suit car from the ACT.

I have been the proud owner of an ex-NSW Po­lice XE 351 Fal­con for ap­prox­i­mately 12 years and have been restor­ing it for five years.

I was also in­ter­ested to note that the ar­ti­cle sug­gested there’s a net­work of po­lice car col­lec­tors. I would be in­ter­ested in find­ing out more. Do they have a web­site or fo­rum?

Please find at­tached some pho­tos of my car. I orig­i­nally didn’t know much about HWP cars or that mine was one. I bought it to do up as a street ma­chine; lucky I found out what it is. Some re­search and con­fir­ma­tion from Ford put me on the path I’m now on. Any help would be most ap­pre­ci­ated. Jamie Dicker speedy.351@hot­ ED: Jamie, we’ve taken the lib­erty of print­ing your email ad­dress so other own­ers of old po­lice cars can con­tact you. We’re not aware of any for­mal net­work, so sorry if we over­stated things.

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Hav­ing ea­gerly read all those pre­vi­ous ar­ti­cles on clas­sic po­lice cars and now the ACT XB Fal­con story in AMC #73, one thing is ob­vi­ous. While there is some­times an ‘us and them’ at­ti­tude with po­lice and car own­ers, you can see in the good old days that many po­lice of­fi­cers were closet mo­tor­ing en­thu­si­asts. Af­ter all, cars got mod­i­fied and re­mained as sleep­ers so that the un­sus­pect­ing mo­torist wouldn’t know!

I also own an ex-QPF XB Fal­con as orig­i­nal as the day it was de­liv­ered to the Queens­land Po­lice. Straight six, bench seat, col­umn auto(C4), sun­vi­sors, quar­ter glass win­dows, etc.

It’s look­ing a bit sad at the mo­ment but it will be re­vived soon - I hope! Sam Costanzo From Face­book

Rac­ing par­adise

Your ar­ti­cle on Surfers Par­adise In­ter­na­tional Race­way in is­sue #73 brought back some mem­o­ries. In 1966 my wife and I drove up from Syd­ney in our Tri­umph TR3A to watch the in­au­gu­ral 12 Hour sport­scar race. We were able to park our car on the hill over­look­ing the start of the main straight and slept in the car on Satur­day night, which was not easy.

About 4am a red two-door mid-en­gined V8 Fal­con ar­rived from Bris­bane, run­ning in the en­gine on the way. It was un­reg­is­tered but given the nod by the po­lice. It ran up and down the road out­side the track do­ing its fi­nal tun­ing and mak­ing lots of noise.

There were many un­usual cars en­tered, in­clud­ing the Barry Se­ton and Char­lie Smith

‘Mor­ris Sports’, which was a Mini Moke with a Cooper S en­gine. It had an ‘aero screen’ in­stead of the huge nor­mal wind­screen.

I think it was Alan Hamil­ton’s Porsche that would come to the first cor­ner at the end of the straight, spin and re­sume many times dur­ing the day. The open P2 Fer­rari was run­ning well un­til all its electrics cooked and that ended its run.

The McKay 250LM Fer­rari and the Ford GT40 ran well all day.

The GT40 lap score charts showed them run­ning one more lap than the con­trol tower scor­ers so they cruised along all day think­ing they were ahead of the Fer­rari. They were ex­tremely un­happy when, at the end of the race, the Fer­rari was awarded the win.

SPIR was a great track and like all the oth­ers that have gone, have not been re­placed with more or bet­ter race tracks. NSW, with a huge in­crease in pop­u­la­tion, is a dis­grace with only one track in Syd­ney. Let’s hope some of pro­posed new tracks near Syd­ney ac­tu­ally hap­pen. War­ren Martin Email ED: It’s dis­turb­ing, War­ren, that none of the six to eight cir­cuit pro­pos­als touted in the last decade, na­tion­ally, have come to fruition. Or, to our knowl­edge, even been rub­ber-stamped.

Baskerville: 56 not out

Is­sue #73 fea­tured a great ‘Sa­cred Sites’ ar­ti­cle on Surfers Par­adise In­ter­na­tional Race­way, which un­for­tu­nately is an­other piece of Aus­tralian mo­tor­sport his­tory lost from our grasp.

One track from a sim­i­lar era is the scene of a ma­jor fundrais­ing ef­fort to en­sure its long-term fu­ture, thus avoid­ing a sim­i­lar fate. Baskerville Race­way in Tas­ma­nia’s south was es­tab­lished in 1958 by the Ho­bart Sport­ing Car Club and is Aus­tralia’s old­est con­tin­u­ally run track.

It is owned by Mo­tor­sports Tas­ma­nia Pty Ltd, the same own­ers as the more widely known Sym­mons Plains Race­way in the north of the state. Mo­tor­sports Tas­ma­nia was cre­ated in Oc­to­ber 2000 to take over own­er­ship of Baskerville Race­way when the HSCC was strug­gling fi­nan­cially to stay afloat un­der in­creas­ing debt. With its Mo­tor­sports Tas­ma­nia share­hold­ers be­ing many Tas­ma­nian mo­tor­ing clubs and in­di­vid­ual en­thu­si­asts, it’s a model that will see the tracks re­main un­der se­cure own­er­ship for many years to come. How­ever, main­tain­ing two fully func­tional race­tracks with a state-wide pop­u­la­tion of around 500,000 will al­ways be chal­leng­ing for the own­ers.

It is with this chal­lenge in mind that a foun­da­tion was es­tab­lished in June 2013 to raise $600,000 to re­fur­bish the age­ing fa­cil­i­ties at Baskerville Race­way, and ul­ti­mately resur­face the en­tire race track. The Tas­ma­nian mo­tor­sport com­mu­nity has got be­hind this con­cept and af­ter less than 12 months into the pro­posed five-year fundrais­ing plan, $159,000 has been raised to­wards our goal so far.

The Oc­to­ber Baskerville His­toric race meet­ing is the cen­tre­piece of our fundrais­ing ef­forts, which to date has also been well sup­ported by raf­fles, in­di­vid­ual and club do­na­tions, car shows, me­mora­bilia auc­tions, you name it!

Baskerville Race­way has such a mas­sive his­tory and would ap­peal to the ma­jor­ity of your read­ers. We unashamedly re­fer to it as the best lit­tle race­track in Aus­tralia. Yet it’s not well known to the ma­jor­ity of main­land en­thu­si­asts. In the 1970s and ’80s there were some huge Tour­ing Car and Sports Sedan events held at Baskerville that cre­ated so much his­tory.

Jim Richards’ first race in Aus­tralia with the Sid­chrome Mus­tang and Peter Brock’s last race in a To­rana be­fore mov­ing to the Com­modore were both at Baskerville.

The out­right lap record of 50.16 around the 2.01km track was es­tab­lished in 1982 by Tas­ma­nian John Bowe be­hind the wheel of a Ralt RT4 and still stands to­day!

Prior to the Sym­mons Plains round of this year’s V8 Su­per­car se­ries, we were treated to a visit to Baskerville by Mark Win­ter­bot­tom, Jamie Whin­cup and David Reynolds to help pro­mote our fundrais­ing ef­forts. It was great for some of the cur­rent crop (and Mark Skaife) to see first­hand what our great lit­tle track has to of­fer.

I look for­ward to your read­ers hear­ing ref­er­ence to Baskerville Race­way for many years to come. If your read­ers would like to sup­port our ef­forts, do­na­tions can be made through www.baskerville­foun­da­ or visit our face­book page (the­baskerville­foun­da­tion) to see how we are pro­gress­ing. Peter Kil­lick Chair­man Baskerville Foun­da­tion

Demon­stra­tion sport

Iwould like to re­spond to the ar­ti­cle in is­sue #73 by ‘Chris David­son’ in re­la­tion to the Aus­tralian 5.0 Litre Tour­ing Cars demon­stra­tion event at the Phillip Is­land His­toric meet­ing in March.

All driv­ers that were in­volved with the demon­stra­tions were well aware that the cat­e­gory

was clas­si­fied as a demon­stra­tion event. Demon­stra­tions are nor­mally run be­hind Safety Car at a des­ig­nated speed. The Vic­to­rian His­toric Rac­ing Reg­is­ter ac­quired a per­mit from CAMS to en­able us to run with no Safety Car. Part of the agree­ment for us to run this way was that there would be no pass­ing in cor­ners – only in a straight or where the driver in front clearly lets the driver be­hind go.

The As­so­ci­a­tion has had noth­ing but pos­i­tive feed­back from event man­age­ment, driv­ers, own­ers, of­fi­cials and fans. We would like to con­tinue to sup­port his­toric rac­ing and the VHRR and as­so­ci­ated pro­mot­ers where we can.

But in do­ing so we do not wish to do it in a way that will be detri­men­tal to our club’s longterm fu­ture by do­ing things with­out the cor­rect guide­lines and rules put in place.

We are work­ing with CAMS and as­so­ci­ated par­ties to en­able the Aus­tralian 5.0 Litre Tour­ing Cars to get the his­toric recog­ni­tion they de­serve. It brings a whole new spec­ta­tor and fan to his­toric meet­ings, which can only be ben­e­fi­cial for all par­ties. We will con­tinue to do it in small steps and en­sure the fu­ture of these cars is pro­tected in the cor­rect way.

The As­so­ci­a­tion thanks the VHRR and pro­mot­ers for the op­por­tu­nity for us to bring these cars back on track to the his­toric com­mu­nity where they are ap­pre­ci­ated for their his­tory.

We will be run­ning race-type for­mats at the up­com­ing Win­ton Fes­ti­val of Speed in Au­gust. Troy Kelly Pres­i­dent Aus­tralian 5 Litre Tour­ing Car As­so­ci­a­tion

Bill thrill

I’d been think­ing for some time, ‘Why doesn’t some­one do a piece on Bill Tuckey?’. Then, I pick up the lat­est AMC, which had a great ar­ti­cle on a leg­end. The first car mag­a­zine I ever bought was Wheels March 1965. Still have it. Been a Tuckey fan ever since and his Bathurst books were some­thing I looked for­ward to ev­ery year.

I can’t re­mem­ber when I clicked that he and Quints were one and the same but it doesn’t mat­ter – both gave me much read­ing plea­sure over the years.

Sad to hear of his health prob­lems but great to see him get the recog­ni­tion he de­serves. Glenn Flinken­berg New Zealand

No, don’t apol­o­gise

Af­ter read­ing the story about the Volvo and the BMW be­ing mus­cle cars, don’t feel you have to apol­o­gise.

Those cars are just as im­por­tant to our mus­cle car his­tory as any V8 built in this coun­try or im­ported from the USA or Eng­land. Re­mem­ber the Mus­tangs, Ca­maros and Jaguars and the many other early makes (and en­gine sizes) that com­peted in Oz dur­ing the early days be­fore the bat­tles be­tween Holden and Ford be­gan?

Re­mem­ber the days when the four-cylin­der Ford Cos­worths dom­i­nated the rac­ing field in the days of Ama­roo and Oran Park. They de­serve to be in­cluded just as much as the V8s and the big six en­gines. They did beat them dur­ing their time and any car that com­peted in the holy grail of Bathurst and won de­serves a men­tion.

To that end, I would like to see a re­turn of the class sim­i­lar to the BTCC or the ETCC. They pro­vide great door-to-door rac­ing and would suit a num­ber of our shorter race tracks. Please don’t dis­card them as not be­ing a mus­cle car.

In other forms of mus­cle-re­lated sports they have heavy­weight, mid­dle-weight and light-weight classes. Per­haps you could add a mid­dle and light weight class to Aus­tralian Mus­cle Car and pro­vide some more sto­ries on some of the four and six-cylin­der he­roes of the past. Tony Stephens Email ED: We couldn’t have said it any bet­ter, Tony, than your as­ser­tion that “in other forms of mus­cle­re­lated sports they have heavy­weight, mid­dleweight and light-weight classes.” Stay tuned.

This just in from South Africa

Good day to you and thank you for such a great mag­a­zine that you have put to­gether! Ob­vi­ously us South African mo­tor-heads do not have the great spares avail­abil­ity like you have, but we can re­ally say that we are ca­pa­ble of turn­ing some heads when we have a car ‘suped-up’, as we call it!

I just thought of send­ing you a cou­ple of pic­tures of the car of an el­derly per­son I met.

The day I met him, he told me it was the first time in 37 years that he has started up his ‘beast’. He couldn’t en­joy her be­cause of some neck oper­a­tion he had. He was wheel­chair bound. Wow, I couldn’t be­lieve what I saw! To think he still had his home-made num­ber plate of the old South Africa on it!

He told me he bought for R700.00. I had a look on the clocks – orig­i­nal 63,000 miles.

Ob­vi­ously I’ve heard that you guys would do any­thing to get hold of one South African Holden.

Sh­hc­cht, I think if one Aussie could see this car he would most prob­a­bly end up with a hand­brake turn in his pants!

Keep well! An­ton Van Rens­burg South Africa ED: Thanks, An­ton, for the pics and for your en­ter­tain­ing turn of phrase. Hand­brake turn in his pants... that’s gold.

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