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Hunt­ing

cars from the four Mad Max films has be­come an ob­ses­sion for some. AMC has even had a crack, putting the call out in 2011 for the where­abouts of Max’s yel­low Main Force Pa­trol XB Fal­con sedan from the orig­i­nal flick.

Leads re­ceived at our of­fice were flimsy at best – un­der­stand­able, re­ally – and, at worst, laugh­able. One well-mean­ing chap called ex­cit­edly to tell us he’d met the yel­low MFP XB’s owner at the Narrabeen Sands pub, sug­gest­ing we shouldn’t waste any time get­ting onto him.

Caller: “Mate, he told me he owned it. I think he said his name was Wil­liams. I know he lived on Syd­ney’s North­ern Beaches. You should look him up in the phone­book.”

Us: “There would be lots of Wil­liamses – if that’s re­ally his name – in that area. It’s a nee­dle in a haystack job. How long ago was this?” Caller: “Mate, about 1984.” Us: “1984?!” Click. Need­less to say we didn’t bother ... well ... both­er­ing any of the Wil­liamses.

Fast for­ward to May 2015, when AMC reader Glenn Paine emailed us im­ages he took of the Mad Max: Be­yond Thun­der­dome cars be­ing de­stroyed in the mid 1990s. They were some­what dis­turb­ing, for sure, but at least pro­vided con­crete proof that the MM3 cars had gone to God.

Glenn con­tacted us to say he’d re­dis­cov­ered his 20-year-old im­ages on the very day Fury Road was re­leased.

Glenn, circa 1994, was yard man­ager at Simsmetal’s St Marys fa­cil­ity in western Syd­ney. One day he re­ceived a call from Garry Rush.

“Yes, that Garry Rush, the speed­way im­mor­tal,” con­firms Glenn, pick­ing up the story. “Garry had started his pick-a-part busi­ness some time be­fore and also had a lot of the coun­cil con­tracts for pick­ing up derelict cars. Garry had been con­tacted by Kennedy Miller about the de­struc­tion of the Mad Max 3 cars.

“I don’t think I ever un­der­stood the ex­act rea­son why the movie com­pany wanted the cars de­stroyed, per­haps it was in­sur­ance re­lated, but the cars had been in stor­age for a few years and now ap­par­ently had to go.

Garry Rush was very in­ter­ested in re­cov­er­ing the tyres on some of the ve­hi­cles. They were big desert duellers and the like, many with 80 – 90 per cent rub­ber still on them.

“Any­way, as seen in the photos, on the day of de­struc­tion the cars came in on a fleet of Garry’s trucks. A rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Kennedy Miller, a very ef­fi­cient young lady, was on site to wit­ness the de­struc­tion.

“Now, I had seen some nice cars de­stroyed in my time at Sims, test ve­hi­cles at the end of their use­ful life, or pri­vate im­ports where the du­ties had not been paid. Things that would bring a tear to a car en­thu­si­ast’s eye. But I couldn’t be­lieve what we were about to do.

“As I said, Garry wanted the rub­ber, but I was keen to save a cou­ple of these won­der­ful cars, es­pe­cially the ‘cow car’. This was partly be­cause of what I thought their fu­ture value could be and partly be­cause I had had some ear­lier ex­po­sure to them, and I liked them.”

Glenn says he got to sit in the cars when work­ing on a stand at the Syd­ney Mo­tor Show, next to the Mad Max dis­play.

“I was sur­rounded by war­rior men and women. Af­ter hours they would fire some of the cars up. They had open ex­hausts and nearly blew the win­dows out of the build­ing but they sounded awe­some. The song We Don’t Need Another Hero played back-to-back the en­tire time the mo­tor show was open. To this day I can’t stand that bloody song!

Any­way, the crusher, or frag­men­tiser as it is

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