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Maybe you’re an owner look­ing for spe­cialised info on your Aus­tralian mus­cle car. Or you’re try­ing to piece to­gether its own­er­ship history. Or maybe you’re try­ing to track down a car you owned many moons ago. What­ever your en­quiry, keep it short and send it to Mus­cle As­sist in­clud­ing an e-mail ad­dress, PO Box (no street ad­dresses/home phone pub­lished for se­cu­rity rea­sons) or mo­bile phone num­ber where AMC read­ers can con­tact you.

Moff’s flags half mast

Read­ing

the ar­ti­cle on the 1977 Fal­cons in AMC #83 re­minded me that the car in the Bathurst mu­seum did not have any text un­der the Aus­tralian flags on the rear spoiler.

I can re­mem­ber look­ing at the cars in the pad­dock af­ter that ’77 race. Un­der the three flags on the #1 Mof­fat/Ickx XC, it said: “Tour­ing Car Cham­pion 1973, Tour­ing Car Cham­pion 1976, Tour­ing Car Cham­pion 197-”

The dash was of course a ref­er­ence to the fact that Mof­fat hadn’t yet wrapped up that year’s ti­tle. But prov­ing that rac­ing driv­ers don’t al­ways make the best his­to­ri­ans, un­der the flag on the #2 Bond/Hamil­ton car it said: “Tour­ing Car Cham­pion 1974.” It should of course have said 1975.

Sadly, I didn’t take a pho­to­graph of the flags and the text, but my mem­ory is clear, and the diary en­try I wrote the next day also refers to the mis­take on the #2 car.

Does any reader have con­tem­po­rary pho­to­graphs of the flags on th­ese fa­mous cars? ED: Here’s a shot of the #1 car’s rear, David. Hope­fully a reader can help with #2.

Hunt­ing Hunter pics

Icur­rently own, and am restor­ing, the ex-Dave Hunter, Chal­lenge Mo­tors LC To­rana sports sedan #68 back to its for­mer glory. Un­for­tu­nately, I only have very lim­ited doc­u­ments and pics as a guide.

Could any­one help me with any im­ages or mo­tor rac­ing pro­grammes from when this or­ange car was in com­pe­ti­tion? It raced at Calder Park on Au­gust 7 and De­cem­ber 6 in 1976, and at Sandown on March 1, 1977.

Any info on its history or im­ages would be a help and greatly ap­pre­ci­ated. Here are my lat­est shots. Are you an Aussie mus­cle car owner with some­thing to say? Want to flex a bit of ver­bal mus­cle? Then write to us at:

MUS­CLE EMAIL:

am­ced­i­to­rial@chevron.com.au

MUS­CLE FAX:

02 9901 6116

MUS­CLE MAIL:

Chevron Pub­lish­ing Group, Locked Bag 5555, St Leonards, NSW 1590 *AMC reader con­tri­bu­tions may be edited due to space re­stric­tions or for clar­ity.

XW & XY ques­tions

II’d just like to put a couple of ques­tions out on the ta­ble. Firstly, I have an XW ute which came out of the fac­tory in the colour Lus­tre Bronze and which it will re­main when I am fin­ished restor­ing it. I haven’t seen a lot in this colour. How many came out in 1969 in this colour? And is it rare?

I have also in­cluded some pho­tos of my Dad’s XY which is a fac­tory 302 V8, col­umn-shift auto. On the com­pli­ance plate un­der R RAX it has an S; what does this mean?

Does any­one have any info on the XW Fal­con drag ute on page 115 of is­sue #83, the Sun­dance Kid? What hap­pened to it? What was she run­ning?

Hub of in­quiry

Iwas won­der­ing if any­one had seen this logo on a hub­cap be­fore? I’ve not seen it be­fore, and I’m not sure even where it came from. It was in a bun­dle of ran­dom bits at a clear­ance sale. I was won­der­ing if it was from an Amer­i­can Mo­tors Cor­po­ra­tion model of some flavour?

It’s made of stain­less steel, metal claw tabs to re­tain it are riv­eted to the flange be­hind the outer rim bead.

Any help you can give will be grate­fully re­ceived.

David Greenhalgh halgh@big­pond.net.au

Mark Sully mar­sully6@big­pond.com.au

Shane Jenk­ins shane.jenk­ins2@ed­u­ca­tion.nsw.gov.au

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