AMC re­calls a high-fly­ing GT-HO from Bathurst 1970 that lived to race an­other day.

Australian Muscle Car - - Great Escapes -

Bathurst’s big­gest names are fre­quently asked at of­fi­cial din­ners to re­call their first impressions of Mount Panorama as rook­ies. Those from the prime mus­cle car era tell of be­ing whisked up to Sky­line as wide-eyed debu­tants and shud­der­ing as they peer over the side.

Com­mon themes of such sto­ries are the first-timers’ sur­prise at the steep drop-off and the in­ad­e­quate bar­ri­ers ‘pre­vent­ing’ cars from plung­ing to the bot­tom. An­other shared trait of th­ese driver rec­ol­lec­tions is the ‘glad I never found out’ tone.

Yet one former race win­ner did ex­pe­ri­ence the sen­sa­tion of sail­ing over the sin­gle row Armco and fall­ing to the base of moun­tain dur­ing the Oc­to­ber clas­sic.

Tony Roberts won the 1969 Hardie-Ferodo 500 with Colin Bond in a Monaro GTS 350 for the Holden Dealer Team. This feat alone ce­mented his name in Bathurst’s his­tory books.

The fol­low­ing year he en­tered Great Race folk­lore for an en­tirely dif­fer­ent rea­son.

The Vic­to­rian drove solo in a Fal­con XW GT-HO Phase II

Bathurst 1970 spec­ta­tor Hugh Prim­rose’s amaz­ing im­age of #67E leap­ing the bar­rier back­wards has pre­vi­ously graced th­ese pages. How­ever, we’ve never be­fore out­lined the car’s post-Bathurst story.

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