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Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle Maniac -

Some have asked me how I man­aged to find the source ma­te­rial for all those Ma­niac sto­ries. Old mag­a­zines usu­ally, and I’ve since dis­cov­ered that I’m not the only one out there look­ing for th­ese. My favourite story? That would be the one about the King Hus­sein Fal­con.

The ruler of oil-rich Jor­dan was on an of­fi­cial visit to Australia when Ford asked him if he’d like to visit the Ford testing fa­cil­ity at You Yangs. The King, a noted car nut, said ‘yes please’.

Don Dunoon, test fa­cil­ity manager, ar­ranged for a green 351-pow­ered XB Fal­con four-door to be on site when the King ar­rived at the high-speed banked oval. Af­ter driv­ing the King around the track Dunoon asked him if he wanted a go. He did and much to the con­ster­na­tion of his ner­vous body­guards – who had sus­pi­cious-look­ing bulges un­der their suit jack­ets – the King was soon hap­pily fly­ing around the bowl at warp speed.

He told Dunoon it was the most fun he’d ever had on an of­fi­cial visit.

The green Fal­con was later bought by a Ford em­ployee and is cur­rently be­ing re­stored in Vic­to­ria. Such sto­ries are worth their weight in gold, or bar­rels of pre­mium petrol in this case.

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