Punter pics

Australian Muscle Car - - Punter Pics -

Frank O’Don­nell

The lit­tle yel­low box of colour slides that lobbed in AMC’s mail box – com­plete with the orig­i­nal photo de­vel­op­ment slip, date-stamped two weeks af­ter the 1968 Hardie-Ferodo 500 – was a treat to re­ceive in it­self. But when we scanned Frank’s slides we were to­tally blown away by what he cap­tured of that ground-break­ing race from a spec­ta­tor’s view­point. Colour shots of the vic­to­ri­ous Bruce McPhee/Barry Mul­hol­land-driven win­ning Monaro GTS 327 are rare enough, yet to cap­ture it on Pit Straight pass­ing what looks to be the works XT Fal­con GT of Fred Gibson/Barry Se­ton in the pits... well, that’s some­thing else again. In other words, have Frank’s at­mo­spheric pics cap­tured the ex­act mo­ment McPhee took the lead from the late-race leader, which headed to the pits af­ter a stone holed the Ford’s ra­di­a­tor? We can’t be sure that this is pre­cisely the piv­otal mo­ment in Holden’s rac­ing his­tory, but the bulk of the crowd in the main shot are cer­tainly tuned into the Monaro’s progress. Thanks to Ash­ley Tidd for his as­sis­tance.

By email: am­ced­i­to­rial@chevron.com.au Snail mail: Pun­ters Pics, Chevron Pub­lish­ing Group, Locked Bag 5555, St Leonards, NSW 1590

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