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Australian Muscle Car - - Contents - Danny Keane Geelong, Vic­to­ria

Writ­ers un­ravel ru­mours of SL/E man­u­als; take us be­hind the Chook Shed; and dig up more Sa­cred Sites … among other things.

Mus­cle Mail best let­ter win­ners for 2016 will re­ceive a lim­ited edi­tion House of Mus­cle small-batch 10mm acrylic print with stand – RRP $149. Choose one from 12 dif­fer­ent de­signs fea­tur­ing Monaro GTS 327(shown), Kings of the Moun­tain, GT-HO Phase III, 1977 Bathurst 1-2, Moff’s Boss 302 Mus­tang or the world fa­mous XB In­ter­cep­tor.

Be­fore the chook shed


read­ing is­sue #85 I thought I would share my mem­o­ries of the chook shed Com­modore and its owner.

In the early 1990s I was in my last years as an ap­pren­tice print­ing ma­chin­ist. The com­pany I worked for was Ama­zon Print­ing in the coun­try Vic­to­rian town of War­rnam­bool, who sub­let the rear of their small fac­tory to Marsh Mo­tor Sport.

I had many a lunch sand­wich out the back chat­ting to its pro­pri­etor Al­lan Swampy Marsh. Swampy was a great guy and of­ten shared his week­end rally sto­ries which I lapped up as any young teenage mo­tor­sport fan would. Swampy al­ways said the hot rally Com­modore he owned was an ex-Peter Brock item, which in­ci­den­tally was in fairly rough or­der when it turned up, par­tic­u­larly the roof, which looked like a tap danc­ing show had been per­formed on it.

To Swampy’s credit he had the ex-HDT ma­chine look­ing pretty sharp with EL­GAS spon­sor­ship em­bla­zoned all over. I re­mem­ber the roll-cage be­ing a real work of art, due to its HDT her­itage no doubt, with the ad­di­tion of two spare rally wheels bolted to it in the backseat area. The nudge bar in your pic­ture also had two huge spot­lights per­ma­nently at­tached. As your ar­ti­cle stated, It did in­deed spend time as

an auto. Swampy claimed at the time he was sick of break­ing weak man­ual gear boxes.

Re­mark­ably the car ran on a straight diet of LPG to pay wor­ship to the EL­GAS spon­sor­ship. How many ex-Peter Brock ma­chines could lay claim to be­ing run wholly on LPG at any stage of their life? Wouldn’t be too many! As part of the EL­GAS spon­sor­ship deal Swampy had the use a VL Calais V8 also run­ning on LPG. Funny thing is the Calais never saw much road time. As things broke on the VK, the VL Calais do­nated many of its com­pat­i­ble parts to keep the rally car go­ing.

On a side note, Ama­zon Print­ing, which is still in busi­ness to­day, did many small print run jobs for Peter Brock. The print­ing busi­ness was partly owned by the fam­ily of for­mer Bathurst racer [and Brock Mo­tor Com­pany busi­ness part­ner] Tony Noske.

The work for Peter Brock in­cluded the stickers for Sam Scodella’s Brock B8 pic­tured on page 67 of is­sue #82. I’m glad to see they have stood the test of time; I must have done a good job!

I still have some of those later ver­sion stickers and have at­tached pic­tures of them along with a pro­mo­tional sticker I did for Tony Noske and Gary Rush’s 1987 Bathurst cam­paign.

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