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
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.