IM­MOR­TAL­ITY

PRE­SERV­ING THE CARS OF THE RAC­ING GREATS

Australian Muscle Car - - Front Page -

Goss, John­son Grice, Richards, Mof­fat & Brock

Six of the big­gest names of the 1970s and ’80s. Six of this elite group’s sur­viv­ing race­cars. Six very dif­fer­ent sto­ries. The feats of Peter Brock, Jim Richards, Al­lan Mof­fat, Dick John­son, Al­lan Grice and John Goss will live on for­ever. With 159 starts and 27 vic­to­ries in the Bathurst clas­sic be­tween them, these stars’ im­mor­tal­ity is as­sured. Help­ing the cause is the sur­vival today of the cars they raced.

This is­sue AMC shines the spot­light on a hexad of Group C tour­ing cars cam­paigned by them dur­ing that ul­tra-pop­u­lar era, 1973 to 1984.

What dif­fers wildly is how each of these cars has reached this point in his­tory. For some it’s been a case of preser­va­tion, oth­ers re­sus­ci­ta­tion.

Two of them are time cap­sules. Of this pair, one has a led a high-pro­file life as a mu­seum piece in Queens­land, while the other has had a low-key ex­is­tence for all but the last few years. Nei­ther has been raced in over 30 years.

In con­trast, an­other of our fea­ture cars has been raced al­most con­tin­u­ously since the early 1980s. In this time it’s had more hits than Elvis and more re­builds than Steve Austin. But it keeps truck­ing on.

An­other two cars cov­ered over the fol­low­ing pages have re­turned to the race­track in 2016 af­ter com­pre­hen­sive restora­tion pro­grammes. De­spite vastly dif­fer­ent coun­tries of ori­gin, me­chan­i­cal specs and colours, they are set to be­come His­toric rac­ing draw­cards for their stun­ning looks, fa­mous orig­i­nal pi­lots and glo­ri­ous ac­com­pa­ny­ing sound­tracks.

Mean­while, the old­est ve­hi­cle fea­tured – driven by the most fa­mous name of all – com­pletely slipped off the radar for many years. Its sur­vival today is a mat­ter of good for­tune, an ea­gle-eyed pre­vi­ous owner and in­put by one of its cre­ators to re­turn it to its most fa­mous form.

AMC presents six ma­chines – from four mar­ques – with con­trast­ing life sto­ries. The com­mon de­nom­i­na­tor is that they each pro­vide a rolling his­tory les­son, en­sur­ing knowl­edge of our rac­ing her­itage lives long into the fu­ture.

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