““AA ffaann bboottt­tlleess uupp tth­hee cch­haampp””

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Last is­sue’s cover story fo­cused on Al­lan Mof­fat’s mid-1970s Sports Sedan en­deav­ours, which in­cluded driv­ing the famed Cologne Capri RS3100. Mof­fat has mostly fond mem­o­ries of the sweet-han­dling Capri, de­spite the fact that one of the ugli­est in­ci­dents of his long ca­reer came while driv­ing the Ger­man-built beast.

This was at the Hume Weir cir­cuit on June 15, 1975, when a glass bot­tle struck the Capri’s wind­screen af­ter Mof­fat won the Sports Sedan fea­ture race.

Over four decades on, Mof­fat re­tains vivid mem­o­ries of this day.

“It was on the cool down lap and some ig­no­ra­mus in the crowd threw a beer bot­tle at the car and it hit the wind­screen,” he told AMC. “It gave me the fright of my life!

“Like all good cool, calm and col­lected rac­ing driv­ers…” Mof­fat says, paus­ing for ef­fect, “…I SLAMMED my foot on the brake and pulled up! I was just so en­raged. I got out, ran across to the fence, which was dif­fi­cult to get over and took some time to do so. Spec­ta­tors helped me over the fence… but then didn’t let go of me as it was quite clear what I wanted to do to this par­tic­u­lar fel­low.

“Other spec­ta­tors grabbed the of­fender and handed him over to police. I never saw him again; I was told he had to go to court. But the in­ci­dent did very much give me a fright. It was like an atomic bomb hit­ting the wind­screen.

“Such were the joys of mo­tor rac­ing. We were putting our heart and soul into pre­par­ing and driv­ing these cars and you had some­one throw­ing a beer bot­tle at us!”

The fol­low­ing day’s Bor­der Morn­ing Mail re­ported that a 24-year-old Al­bury man was ar­rested and was due to ap­pear in Wodonga Court “charged with throw­ing a mis­sile to the danger of a per­son and will­ful dam­age.”

“Mof­fat pulled up and leapt from his car,” the news­pa­per re­port con­tin­ued, “tak­ing off his hel­met. He marched up the em­bank­ment into the crowd. He was vis­i­bly an­noyed and ob­vi­ously out to find the cul­prit. Un­der the over­head bridge Mof­fat – ob­vi­ously still very an­noyed – chal­lenged an abra­sive heck­ler to ‘come down here and say that.’”

AMC reader Chas Van Hulsen­top was there that day and saw the whole episode play out.

“Mof­fat had won hand­somely in the Capri and af­ter his cool down or win­ners lap he de­cided to do an ex­tra lap.

“I was sit­ting on the slope at the big loop and as Moff came around some­thing caught my eye. Over my right shoul­der was a stubby tum­bling in a nice arc. It was al­most in slow mo­tion and I said to my girl­friend (now wife) ‘it’s go­ing to hit’.

“Well, it did – square on the wind­screen, which shat­tered,” Chas con­tin­ued. “Moff stopped in­stantly and was out of his car in a flash and at the fence in an an­gry mood. Most peo­ple were ini­tially gob­s­macked, but then pointed out to Moff where the stubby came from. He never got to the guy but soon enough the bloke was led away by the police.”

Chas has kept the event pro­gram from that meet­ing, which was in­cluded in the lo­cal pa­per, and which he thought­fully scanned for our files.

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