Sig­na­ture edi­tion one-offs

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Our mis­sion here is sim­ply to lo­cate the one­off ‘sig­na­ture edi­tion’ spe­cials men­tioned else­where in this is­sue. Eas­ier said than done, but worth a crack. One gen­uinely unique Brock-built Ford that’s alive and well is the red Fal­con Ute com­mis­sioned by the late Robert Shan­non for pro­mo­tional and tar­mac rally sup­port work in 1988. The Austech Automotive Devel­op­ments­built XF is now in Western Aus­tralia, owned by David Bryan. David and his nephew Pa­trick are the driv­ing forces be­hind brock­ – an online reg­istry us­ing info orig­i­nally gath­er­ered by Terry Walsh.

As you can see from the photo above, the ‘B’Ute’ is in good nick. So a big tick there.

Pick­ings are slim, how­ever, when it comes to the other one-off Brock Fords from the same era.

The story be­hind the red Fal­con sta­tion­wagon is un­known, but it wore Brock’s sig­na­ture and an Austech plate when it left the com­pany’s work­shop in 1988. The last known pho­to­graph of it (above) was taken in 1992 when it was for sale in a car­yard. Where is this wagon to­day? Pro­duc­tion records show that at least one Brock-en­hanced Tel­star TX5 left Austech’s Mel­bourne base. Yet, the gu­rus at www.brock­fords. have not been able to ver­ify a sur­viv­ing ex­am­ple de­spite some con­tact with a po­ten­tial owner a few years ago.

Be­yond blue oval Brock­mo­biles, we’re cu­ri­ous as to the where­abouts of the WGR Com­modore Ute men­tioned in our story. Yours? Drop us a line.

And what of the so-called ‘Daisy Hill Ex­press’ – Dick John­son’s Saf­fron Yel­low de­vel­op­ment car from when he teamed up with Ford’s Mo­tor­craft di­vi­sion and the Aus­tralian HKS Turbo dis­trib­u­tor to de­velop their own XE Fal­con EFI Turbo. This is a car Mod­ern Mo­tor tested for an ar­ti­cle that raised hopes enough could be pro­duced to ho­molo­gate a Fal­con Turbo for Group A. Of course, it was not to be. But what a find Dick’s old XE, named af­ter his then home sub­urb in Bris­bane, would be!

We’d also like to find another sur­viv­ing ex­am­ple of the lim­ited run Allan Mof­fat Spe­cial RX7s. As out­lined on page 76, the owner, Brent, of the sole known sur­vivor is hop­ing a sis­ter car ex­ists to aid with the restora­tion of his own. Can you help? If so, drop us a line via email. Mean­time,

last edi­tion we asked read­ers for in­for­ma­tion on the where­abouts of the Les Grose/Bruce McPhee L34 To­rana that con­tested the 1974 Hardie-Ferodo 1000. The Bar­ba­dos Green L34 lasted just 19 laps be­fore oil surge claimed another vic­tim. It prac­tised the fol­low­ing year but didn’t start the race.

It’s a sig­nif­i­cant car, be­ing the last Bathurst mount for McPhee, who, six years ear­lier se­cured the first of Holden’s 29 Great Race wins.

Of course, we had hoped to have re­ceived con­fir­ma­tion that this L34 was still alive – or oth­er­wise. But lucky #13 re­mains at large.

We did, how­ever, re­ceive some good in­for­ma­tion in the form of the #13 Bathurst ’74 chas­sis’ likely VIN num­ber. This could ul­ti­mately hold the key to match­ing a sur­viv­ing Bar­ba­dos Green L34 to a pre­vi­ously un­known rac­ing past.

Track­ing down the car’s early owner Les Grose, if he’s still around, is cru­cial. So if you know Les please point him in our di­rec­tion. Whad­daya­know? Con­tact this page via am­ced­i­to­

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