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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.

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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

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