Farewelled Bathurst hard­tops

Australian Muscle Car - - Cars That Won Bathurst -

When it comes to Bathurst 1000 suc­cess, no model can top the XA Fal­con’s win-rate of two Great Race vic­to­ries in the model’s only two ap­pear­ances. Sadly, nei­ther of the two win­ning chas­sis have sur­vived the rav­ages of time.

Ford fans have fan­tas­tic mem­o­ries of the var­i­ous Fal­cons that flew their blue flag high at Mount Panorama across the amaz­ing decade that was the 1970s. Hon­ours were even be­tween the blue oval mob and ‘The Gen­eral’ with five wins apiece at Bathurst across the pe­riod.

On the Ford side, it was Allan Mof­fat who did the ma­jor­ity of the win­ning, claim­ing all four of his Bathurst crowns in this fondly re­mem­bered decade. But it’s also a decade that has some holes in its history.

The very na­ture of life is that he­roes of the day grow old, get ill and de­part or un­ex­pect­edly pass away with Ian Geoghe­gan (1973) and Peter Brock (1972, 1975, 1978, 1979) win­ners from the decade no longer with us.

Gone too are some of the cars, no longer here in the me­tal for Aus­tralian Mus­cle Car mag­a­zine fans to en­joy.

As much as a well-built and metic­u­lously de­tailed replica can be, it’s not quite the same sort of thing.

Of the three Ford Fal­con hard­tops that claimed the ul­ti­mate suc­cess at the Moun­tain in the 1970s, only one – the 1977 Allan Mof­fat/ Jacky Ickx XC – ex­ists to­day. But that’s a story for next edi­tion.

The 1973 Mof­fat/Geoghe­gan XA GT and the sim­i­lar car of John Goss and Kevin Bartlett that won the 1974 race are sadly both long gone. The two cars fell vic­tim to, re­spec­tively, an ac­ci­dent and the rav­ages of time.

Here we con­tinue our ‘Cars That Won Bathurst’ se­ries, fo­cussing on this pair of his­tor­i­cally sig­nif­i­cant cars. Against

the wishes of the fac­tory Ford setup, John Goss was the first out of the blocks with a new XA GT Fal­con in 1973 in the South Pa­cific Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship that sup­ported the Tas­man Se­ries over sum­mer.

Af­ter rac­ing it in var­i­ous Aus­tralian Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship races that year, he then ran at Sandown and took pole at Bathurst with Kevin Bartlett aboard the yel­low Ford backed by Syd­ney dealer Max McLeod.

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