The Hunter Mus­tang

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The

most fa­mous of all Home­bush Mus­tangs was the car which ap­peared in the 1967 Craw­ford spy se­ries Hunter.

This was a 1966 Aus­tralian-de­liv­ered RHD car with the dis­tinc­tive JOH-999 num­ber­plates.

Typ­i­cal of the Mus­tang’s star­ring role was its ap­pear­ance in one episode called ‘The Bene­dict File’, in which Hunter, played by the late Tony Ward, had to jump from his car (which some­one else was driv­ing at the time) into a Kombi van which was rolling down­hill with­out a driver. Ward was filmed cling­ing to the ex­te­ri­ors of both ve­hi­cles while a pro­fes­sional stunt­man made the leap across. The re­sult was so un­con­vinc­ing that he in­sisted on do­ing his own stunt work from then on, in­clud­ing driv­ing the Mus­tang at speed.

“We didn’t have any driv­ing ac­ci­dents and we didn’t clean up any cam­eras,” he said in the TV Eye fanzine in 1994. “It takes a lot of skill to pull up dead op­po­site a cam­era the way they want it. You don’t of­ten do that in one or two takes, it’s quite tricky. I had a lot of fun driv­ing that Mus­tang.”

So does the cur­rent owner of that ‘star car’, who wishes to re­main anony­mous. We’re told that it oc­ca­sion­ally ap­pears in pub­lic events and still sees ac­tion on the streets of Mel­bourne. It’s back in its orig­i­nal Ta­hoe Turquoise hue now, hav­ing been Ivy Green then white dur­ing its life. It’s good to know it lives on to­day.

It would be re­miss of us not to men­tion the 50th an­niver­sary of the pass­ing of Aus­tralia’s first tour­ing car en­durance race – the short­lived Sandown In­ter­na­tional 6 Hour. The 6 Hour was held at the Mel­bourne track on two oc­ca­sions, 1964 and ’65, with the same chas­sis win­ning both times. We’ve tracked down this ve­hi­cle to­day and will share its story next edi­tion.

1992

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