Star Cars

Australian Muscle Car - - Star Cars -

It glad­dened the heart when Holden re­leased the Craig Lown­des sig­na­ture edi­tion VF Com­modore last year. Why so? Well, Aus­tralia’s rich her­itage of home­grown high-per­for­mance has long seen mo­tor rac­ing used to help move me­tal. And while the ‘win on Sun­day, sell on Mon­day’ mantra may have be­come clichéd and ir­rel­e­vant, the use of a fa­mous name on a cur­rent model was al­most a throw­back to a by­gone era.

It’s sur­pris­ing that more fa­mous driv­ers haven’t had their sig­na­tures slapped onto a sporty – or sporty-look­ing – car over the years. Af­ter all, we live in a celebrity-ob­sessed so­ci­ety.

Over the com­ing pages we fea­ture six ‘star cars’ of the last 50 years. AMC’s six-pack runs to the HB Jack Brab­ham To­rana, the Stir­ling Moss VG Valiant Pacer, 1983’s Dick John­son Grand Prix Turbo XE Fal­con, Peter Brock’s VK ‘Blue Meanie’ Com­modore, his EA Fal­con and the Wayne Gard­ner Rac­ing-badged Com­modore of the mid to late 1990s.

Just two of these were di­rectly of­fered by car man­u­fac­tur­ers, although another had the bless­ing of the par­ent com­pany. Mean­time, the other three were very much ‘out­side’ of­fer­ings by com­pa­nies in­volved in rac­ing who had spot­ted a niche.

Fol­low­ing our six in-depth fea­tures we present a ‘Not For­get­ting’ spread of lo­cally-man­u­fac­tured cars pre­vi­ously cov­ered in the pages of AMC, but de­serv­ing of a lit­tle more recog­ni­tion. Then there were fully-im­ported cars lo­cally-flavoured with the name of a do­mes­tic star.

Read on to find out more, as we myth-bust many of the mis­con­cep­tions sur­round­ing these star cars. And find out which star driver never even drove the car which bears his name. Move over, Who mag­a­zine!

For 50 years racedriver sig­na­ture edi­tion spe­cials have helped sprin­kle star­dust over model ranges and gen­er­ate show­room traf­fic.

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