Rac­ing Mus­tangs

Australian Muscle Car - - Top 25 -

AMC presents 25 cel­e­brated com­pe­ti­tion Mus­tangs with an Aussie rac­ing con­nec­tion – some suc­cess­ful, some not; but all not–able.

Ford Mus­tangs have a very proud and suc­cess­ful her­itage of rac­ing suc­cess in Aus­tralia. This stretches from the ear­li­est mod­els steered so mas­ter­fully by the likes of Pete Geoghe­gan in 1960s, through Al­lan Mof­fat’s Coca-Cola Trans-Am in the early 1970s and onto Dick John­son’s Greens-Tuf ex­am­ples of the mid-1980s. Over the last 50 years a long list of well-pedi­greed Stangs has been im­ported and pressed into ac­tion. Mean­time, a num­ber of Aus­tralian driv­ers have raced the leg­endary pony car on both sides of the At­lantic – Al­lan Mof­fat, Horst Kwech, Frank Gard­ner and Mar­cos Am­brose.

Then there are the of­ten quirky ex­am­ples that graced our track and the count­less Mus­tangs in his­toric and retro rac­ing se­ries, head­lined by Mus­tang Sally in TCM.

AMC salutes the top 25 most no­table com­pe­ti­tion Mus­tangs with a lo­cal flavour. Some passed through the hands of mul­ti­ple teams and driv­ers, hence such cars only ap­pear in our list once.

1965 – Pete Geoghe­gan’s notch­back

The

great­est lo­cal tour­ing car? No other ’Stang beat Pete Geoghe­gan’s ’65 model in its 74 starts for 68 wins. This in­cluded the 1966 ATCC at Bathurst and NSW, Vic­to­rian and Queens­land ti­tles. The car re­set lap records at ev­ery cir­cuit it raced on, earn­ing a Guin­ness Book of Records en­try. The base car was built at Ford’s San Jose plant, with rac­ing parts sourced from Car­roll Shelby, in­clud­ing a 394hp, 289ci Cobra en­gine.

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