112 Sacred Sites
The second in our series on racetracks which hosted some of the greatest muscle car stoushes. We check out what remains of Surfers Paradise International Raceway. Theme song: ‘Don’t Tear It Down’ by Spy vs Spy.
Some muscle cars are bought by loving owners who pamper them like members of the family. Other muscle cars, though, aren’t so lucky. Some get stolen, smashed or thrashed. Some get parked and lost under a layer of dust in an old shed, others get left outside to brave the elements and slowly rust away. Sad, but true.
We eyeball plenty of beautifully maintained and/or fully restored muscle classics in AMC, but as serious car pervs we have to admit there’s few things more intriguing – or exciting – than spotting an old classic in a paddock, or a shed, or under a shady tree, that’s seen better days and in need of some TLC. Some are beyond saving, but they all have a story to tell.
So, get out your cameras and start snapping some old muscle cars you come across in your travels that are definitely Out of Action, or close to it. We don’t want to know where they are and we won’t be publishing locations, because above all we must respect people’s privacy. We just want to see some good, clean pics of these forgotten cars and short personal stories to go with them (see contact details p119).
So get to it and let’s see what hidden treasures we can find! For this edition our intrepid readers have stumbled across some more little gems to share with us.
Hi there, This is a little different from your usual ‘Out of Action’ items but your readers may find it interesting. I recently visited my son Mike in Atlanta,Georgia and we visited Old Car City in White, 60 miles north of Atlanta.This ‘junkyard’ operated from 1931 until the late 1990s and is now a tourist attraction with a $10 admission price ($15 with camera). There are a claimed 4500 cars on 34 acres with 6.5 miles of clear trails through the property and it’s billed as “the largest collection of of old cars in the world.” Could well be true – we spent about four hours roaming the front part of the place and saw perhaps a third of what was on offer. The owner is 78, an interesting man who loves to chat and is not interested in selling parts from the main section of the yard. He has a number of complete cars on the front of the property which are for sale but they are not cheap. Mike and I had a great time wandering around the place and identifying different models. I saw nothing later than 1975. Regards, Terry
This issue’s Out Of Action winner will receive this beaut 1:18 scale muscle car model from Classic Carlectables. AMC will contact this issue’s winner soon with further details. So, keep sending in those great photos and short stories for your chance to win!
Three years ago I came across this scrap-yard gully on a farm in Eastern Victoria. I’ve been told the scrap, including cars, was put in to stop land erosion in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s. As can be seen from the photos, there have been a myriad cars dumped here. The cars left to rot away include a complete XC Falcon, that was driven to the gully and left there in the 1980s; a VG Valiant ute with all running gear and original number plates; and a HK Kingswood that was used as a paddock bomb before finding its final resting place. Also in the gully are a VW Type III, airbrushed XA panelvan, Mk 1 440 Cortina, Mk 2 Cortina, Leyland P76, EH Holden, Hillman Imp and another two or three unidentifiable cars. Further down the gully there are the remnants of a Valiant AP5 sedan, Valiant AP6 TorqueFlite wagon, an FB Wagon, HR Panelvan and a EH sedan. I find it incredible to see so many collectable cars left to turn into rubble. Unfortunately all the cars are too far gone to do anything with, so this is where they will be staying. Bryce