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Ican clearly re­mem­ber the day I de­cided mo­tor rac­ing was go­ing to be my life,” Al­lan Mof­fat tells AMC. “I was sit­ting in a grand­stand at the In­di­anapo­lis 500 in May of 1964, just a Joe Blow no­body, and Jimmy Clark was driv­ing there for Lo­tus. The right rear tyre blew on his car, prac­ti­cally in front of where I was sit­ting, and I couldn’t get over what a fan­tas­tic tech­ni­cian he was to keep it un­der con­trol, drift it down and bring it safely to a stop.

“I made up my mind, sit­ting there in the grand­stand, that I was go­ing to be­come in­volved in se­ri­ous mo­tor rac­ing. Ul­ti­mately, the idea was to be driv­ing. I just didn’t know how I was go­ing to do it.”

He found a way, al­right. And he kept find­ing ways when the spon­sor­ship and fac­tory race deals dried up, as they in­evitably do in the mo­tor­sport game.

Mof­fat’s for­mer team man­ager, Al­lan Hors­ley, says that three words de­scribe him: “ded­i­cated, ded­i­cated and ded­i­cated”. AMC adds three more: pro­fes­sional, hard­nosed and skilled. The Cana­dian-born Mof­fat first came to Aus­tralia as a wee lad when his fa­ther’s em­ployer, Massey-Fer­gu­son, dis­patched Mof­fat Snr and fam­ily down un­der.

Al­lan fell in love with the place, later recog­nis­ing the op­por­tu­ni­ties the lo­cal rac­ing scene pre­sented. How­ever, his rac­ing ed­u­ca­tion came back in North Amer­ica, in no less a cat­e­gory than the Trans-Amer­i­can Sedan Cham­pi­onship. The leg­endary Trans-Am se­ries!

What’s largely un­known is that Mof­fat won his sec­ond ever Tran­sAm se­ries start, at Br­yar Mo­tor­sport Park, New Hamp­shire, in July 1966. He stepped up to a Mer­cury Cougar in 1967 – in­cur­ring the wrath of Mark Dono­hue – and then a Shelby-en­tered Mus­tang for the 1968 Day­tona 24 Hours and Se­bring 12-Hour events, paired with fel­low ‘Aussie’ Horst Kwech.

Mof­fat’s works Trans-Am se­ries ef­forts paved the way back to Aus­tralia with the leg­endary Coca-Cola Mus­tang for 1969. This, in turn, led him to the FoMoCo’s Se­ries Pro­duc­tion as­saults which net­ted three vic­to­ries in four years at Bathurst and Aus­tralian rac­ing im­mor­tal­ity.

His fourth and fi­nal Great Race vic­tory was also the most dra­matic, thanks to an ail­ing XC Fal­con hard­top. In 2015 AMC will fea­ture in de­tail Al­lan Mof­fat and Colin Bond’s 1-2 in the 1977 Hardie-Ferodo 1000. The stun­ning for­ma­tion fin­ish re­mains Ford’s finest Bathurst mo­ment and is de­serv­ing of fu­ture stand­alone in-depth treat­ment – and cer­tainly more space than we can al­lo­cate in this Mus­cle Man pro­file. Hence, we asked Al­lan to hold-off on Bathurst ’77 rec­ol­lec­tions for the time be­ing.

Plenty of other Ford-flavoured cam­paigns for the leg­endary Aussie rac­ing fig­ure to re­flect upon over the com­ing pages, though.

All up, ‘Moff’ won four Aus­tralian Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onships (1973, ’76, ’77 and ’83), two Aus­tralian En­durance Cham­pi­onships, six Sandown en­durance races and ti­tles in sports sedans and sports cars.

While it’s 50 years since he de­cided mo­tor rac­ing was go­ing to be his life, it’s also 25 since he hung up his hel­met. Mof­fat did so just days after notch­ing up his half cen­tury and upon win­ning his fi­nal event as a pro­fes­sional rac­ing driver. Poetic, re­ally.

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