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very day of my work­ing life I’ve walked into the same of­fice in Malvern Road in Toorak,” Al­lan Mof­fat tells AMC from that very of­fice. “Two mates found it for me back in 1964 when I brought my Lo­tus Cortina back from the USA to race in the Sandown 6-Hour [ ED: as out­lined last edi­tion].

“There was no way I was go­ing to work in a back­yard and there was nom­i­nal rent, next to noth­ing. The work­shop at the back of the build­ing only had a dirt floor at the time, but that was fine with me. The build­ing was ac­tu­ally born in 1904 and I took it over in 1964.”

That’s right, Mof­fat’s been there 50 years and count­ing, with Malvern Road still the hub for the business of be­ing Al­lan Mof­fat, rac­ing great.

It’s from here that he’s plot­ted more cam­paigns than we can pos­si­bly ex­plore in de­tail in th­ese pages and pre­pared count­less com­pe­ti­tion ma­chines – not all of them Fords.

Last is­sue we asked Al­lan to talk about his key Blue Oval pe­ri­ods, from his time in the famed Trans-Am Se­ries in North Amer­ica to the sub­se­quent and ul­tra-suc­cess­ful Coca-Cola Mus­tang era, four vic­to­ries in the Bathurst clas­sic in eight years, the 1000s that got away and his ANZ Sier­ras.

No mag­a­zine ar­ti­cle – even a three-parter – can do jus­tice to his in­cred­i­ble 50 years in rac­ing and his in­cred­i­bly di­verse achieve­ments. We are just scratch­ing the sur­face. This edi­tion Al­lan re­calls just a se­lec­tion of his many ac­tiv­i­ties in rac­ing beyond the Blue Oval. After all, Ford’s inand-out ap­proach to mo­tor­sport was at odds with Mof­fat’s ded­i­ca­tion to his cho­sen pro­fes­sion.

His abil­ity to snare and keep spon­sors – many of them from out­side the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try – en­sured his team’s longevity. “Things re­ally changed for me in late 1973 when, after win­ning the first Bathurst 1000 with the late, great Pete Geoghe­gan, Ford Mo­tor Company pulled out of mo­tor rac­ing in Aus­tralia. Ford never paid me any­thing after that, but I was lucky to get Brut spon­sor­ship and then I stayed alive from one spon­sor to the next. I was for­tu­nate to have some good friends, in­clud­ing the peo­ple at PanAm who had seats up at the front of the plane for me.

“Some great spon­sors came, and some went, but I was lucky to have peo­ple at some great com­pa­nies in­clud­ing Roth­mans and the ANZ bank. We all worked to­gether and that’s how it worked.

“We al­ways worked on the prepa­ra­tion and fine-tun­ing once a car was prop­erly pre­pared. That could make a car go from a VW to a Fer­rari in a sin­gle lap.

“When­ever I got into those pro­fes­sional cars I knew the only thing stop­ping the cars from win­ning was me. I was lucky that I only had a cou­ple of scrapes over the years and that one big Left: Al­lan Mof­fat cre­ated Aussie rac­ing his­tory when he won Lakeside 1982’s ATCC round, the first for a Ja­panese brand. Above: He was the in­au­gu­ral Aus­tralian Sports Sedan Cham­pion, in 1976. Be­low: Mof­fat won six Sandown clas­sics in a 20-year pe­riod and two Aus­tralian En­durance Cham­pi­onships, 1982 and 1984. Be­low left: His many over­seas for­ays in­cluded suc­cess in the in­au­gu­ral WTCC. bin­gle at Bathurst in the Com­modore.”

About his time in Com­modores, Mof­fat ex­plains how he came to co-drive with long-time ri­val Peter Brock in the mid 1980s, a part­ner­ship that ended with the Holden Dealer Team’s fi­nal ever win, the team’s sec­ond con­sec­u­tive Wellington 500 tri­umph.

Over the com­ing pages, the Cana­dian-born but proud Aussie dis­cusses his Aus­tralian cham­pi­onships in sportscars and sport sedans, along with his over­seas for­ays.

First up, he takes us back to win­ning one of Amer­ica’s blue rib­bon events, the 12 Hours of Se­bring, in 1975. He ex­plains why his sen­sa­tional de­but with the fac­tory BMW team – giv­ing the Bavar­ian brand its first ma­jor out­right suc­cess out­side Europe – never led to fur­ther op­por­tu­ni­ties with the mar­que.

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