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will re­ceive an ex­clu­sive track-day ex­pe­ri­ence, where McLaugh­lin will teach them how to give it some jan­dal.

The 10 ex­am­ples of each went quickly. In the case of the 3.0-litre S60, that’s 0-100km/h in 4.9 sec­onds!

Scott has taken over from Greg Mur­phy as New Zealand’s ac­tive rac­ing hero. The four-time Bathurst win­ner and long-time HSV am­bas­sador is no stranger to see­ing his name – and fa­mous rac­ing num­ber – con­nected to road­go­ing mod­els. For in­stance, in 2008, Holden Spe­cial Ve­hi­cles in­tro­duced its new 6.2-litre LS3 V8 en­gine to New Zealand with a lim­ited run of cars and utes named in his hon­our.

Chris­tened the Murph Spe­cial Edi­tion, the lim­ited run com­prised, fit­tingly, just 51 ve­hi­cles – 41 cars and 10 utes. They were based re­spec­tively on the E-Se­ries Club­sport R8 and E-Se­ries Maloo R8, but fin­ished in black with dis­tinc­tive ‘Murph’ or­ange styling ac­cents and badg­ing in­side and out.

Next, we head back over the Tas­man to Can­berra and back in time al­most 50 years. Here we re­call Greg Cu­sack, the for­mer open­wheeler ace – the 1964 and 1965 Aus­tralian For­mula 2 Cham­pion – and tin-top reg­u­lar. AMC reader John McLeay picks up the story.

“Greg is the for­mer owner of Gre­go­rys Mo­tors Ford in Can­berra. He had a highly suc­cess­ful ca­reer in mo­tor rac­ing dat­ing from the 1950s up un­til 1968 in many var­ied cars.

“He turned his at­ten­tion to sedan rac­ing with a Mus­tang and turned that into a for­mi­da­ble race­car with the ex­pert me­chan­i­cal work of Bruce Burr. Greg also raced a Mor­ris Cooper S at Bathurst in 1965, as well as a Ford Fal­con XR GT in ‘67.

“In 1967, Gre­go­rys Mo­tors – the Gre­go­rys Per­for­mance Cen­tre – pro­duced an in-house spe­cial called the GC Sprint. It was a twodoor MkI Cortina in Bri­tish Rac­ing Green, 1500cc and quicker than the GT Cortina from Broad­mead­ows. As the spare parts man­ager of Gre­go­rys Mo­tors, I was tasked with the job of sourc­ing var­i­ous parts for the GC Sprint and they were fit­ted at the Per­for­mance Cen­tre by Bruce Burr and Jim Daniels.

“All were two-door with four on the floor, but I do re­mem­ber one car with four on the col­umn and a bench front seat – must have been a fam­ily man with kids!

John sent us Sports Car World clip­pings from 1967 fea­tur­ing the road tests for the Mus­tang and the Cortina by Rob Luck.

Luck’s test re­sults show the GC shav­ing al­most a sec­ond off the GT’s stand­ing quar­ter­mile time and over a sec­ond on the 0-60mph.

“Not sure how many cars were pro­duced, but they are rare,” he writes. “Are there any GC Sprints left in ex­is­tence?”

We’d love to know, John. Fill us in, folks. AMC

reader Ge­orge Koop­man, who dou­bles as our in­for­mal Euro­pean cor­re­spon­dent, has re­ported in from Ger­many on the ma­nia there fol­low­ing Mad Max: Fury Road’s re­lease.

He writes, “One would ex­pect those dow­nun­der, maybe in the US as well, but Ger­many? Well, here I have some copies of an ar­ti­cle of a gen­uine-look­ing Mad Max replica Fal­con and sub­se­quent Kawasaki, cre­ated and run­ning in Ger­many. The ar­ti­cle was pub­lished in Au­to­bild Klas­sik, a mag­a­zine ded­i­cated to (mostly) Mercs, Beamers and Porsches from the 1960s and ’70s.”

None of that comes as a sur­prise. But we’re not sure what to make of his next spot.

“They also pub­lished a man­ual to con­vert a Mercedes coupe – due to the lack of Fal­cons in Ger­many – into a real Mad Max car. This is done with the help of a sewing ma­chine, a shovel and some spray paint... “Very tongue in cheek, of course. I bet you didn’t know Ger­mans do have a sense of hu­mour!”

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