Dou­ble shot of Ra­zor Cola

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based Fal­con re­storer, mod­i­fier and parts sup­plier Cameron Manewell is still pinch­ing him­self. It blows his mind he ended up sup­ply­ing a pair of coupes that starred in Mad Max: Fury Road as the bare-me­tal ‘Ra­zor Cola’.

What’s more, Manewell was also em­ployed by moviemak­ers Kennedy Miller Mitchell to build them into re­cy­cled ver­sions of the famed In­ter­cep­tor. As dream jobs go, this was pretty hard to top for a bloke who’d al­ready built many Mad Max repli­cas over the years.

One of the hard­tops Cameron sold to KMM, an XC model, was des­tined for the drag strip un­til ‘Hol­ly­wood’ called, while the sec­ond was an XB that was “lay­ing around” his work­shop.

“I got the XC drag car around 2007,” Manewell ex­plains of car in the strip of im­ages at the top of page 19. “It was ba­si­cally as you see it in the pics, just mi­nus the en­gine in those shots. It came with an XB GT hard­top mo­tor that we man­aged to put back into the hands of its match­ing car – some 20 years af­ter they were sep­a­rated!

“I fit­ted my own 351ci 4V solid-cammed Cleve­land en­gine. Shortly af­ter I got it run­ning, I pulled the car apart and blasted the shell be­fore sand­ing it and clear-coat­ing. It then be­came a dis­play car for my automotive blast­ing busi­ness, RestoPrep.

“The coupe lived in the cor­ner of my work­shop un­til one of the buy­ers for Fury Road, Lau­rie Faen, came to see me about buy­ing a hard­top for the movie. Lau­rie had been given my name when he started scout­ing around for cars, as I’ve owned a lot of hard­tops, about 65, over the years.

“Any­way, he spot­ted the drag car in the cor­ner and said they had to have it. They loved the bare-me­tal look, as it was ex­actly what they had en­vi­sioned for some of the film cars, par­tic­u­larly Ra­zor Cola.

“I had yet to fin­ish the car 100 per cent, so it was yet to run it down the quar­ter mile, but I gave him a fig­ure that would make the pain of see­ing

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