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Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle Maniac -

Bryan

Thom­son is best re­mem­bered for the yel­low Ca­maro he raced in the Aus­tralian Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship in the late 1960s. Less well known is that be­fore this pe­riod he com­peted in a Ford Mus­tang in Bri­tain.

In early 1967 he shipped over his ex-Norm Beechey Mus­tang for two sea­sons of in­tense rac­ing on the tight English cir­cuits. He was the first lo­cal driver to com­pete over­seas in a car built for the Aus­tralian sedan se­ries.

When he re­turned to Australia in 1968 he im­ported a six-cylin­der 1964/1965 Mus­tang from the United States, which he con­verted it to right­hand drive, and gave to his wife Loel. And she still has it to­day.

“In its day it was the cheap­est Mus­tang at $2300 that you could buy and it has only a three-speed man­ual gear­box and drum brakes. But, it is a Mus­tang and 50 years on it’s now prob­a­bly a col­lec­tor’s item!” says Bryan.

Af­ter many years in stor­age, the Loel Thom­son Mus­tang was res­ur­rected for the 26th Phillip Is­land Clas­sic Fes­ti­val of Mo­tor­sport (PIC) over March 5-8.

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