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Fal­con Place, Capri Court and, erm, Fair Lane could all be­come part of a new land­scape at Broad­mead­ows and a farewell party is planned in Oc­to­ber for the fa­mous fac­tory. We also re­port on Ford’s retro-flavoured Le Mans at­tack.

Old school re­union 1: Jim & BMW

Jim Richards will race the JPS Team BMW 635CSi he drove back in the Group C era in Her­itage Tour­ing Car races at the Masters. The BMW’s owner, New Zealan­der Pete Stur­geon, will re­unite Jim and the sweet-sound­ing, newly re­stored black beauty. This will be some­thing worth see­ing... and hear­ing! In fact, we are ex­pect­ing a big con­tin­gent of rac­ing BMWs at Syd­ney Motorsport Park over Oc­to­ber 29 and 30 given the mar­que’s 100th birth­day and the huge turnout of cars at the Phillip Is­land Clas­sic this year.

Old school re­union 2: Rauno & Bob

Fin­nish rally ace Rauno Aal­to­nen and lo­cal leg­end Bob Holden will both at­tend the 2016 Mus­cle Car Masters to cel­e­brate the 50th an­niver­sary of the pair’s win in the 1966 Bathurst 500 in the mighty Mini. Aal­to­nen will be in Aus­tralia for the South­ern Cross Rally Fes­ti­val and will visit Syd­ney Motorsport Park on main race day to watch his old team­mate Holden com­pete in the Her­itage Tour­ing Car events. Own­ers of Aussie-as­sem­bled Cooper Ss should reg­is­ter for our Fea­ture Mus­cle Mar­ques dis­play/pa­rade.

Call­ing all Fords

With the 2016 Masters held in the same month Ford wraps up man­u­fac­tur­ing in Aus­tralia, we’re keen to host a spread of fast fac­tory Fords in our Fea­tured Mus­cle Mar­ques dis­play and pa­rade. En­try forms and more info on the web­site or contact phil@ ardc.com.au for more info. Mean­while, Brock VL Group A own­ers will mark the 30th an­niver­sary of the red rocket’s launch and the 10th an­niver­sary of Peter Brock’s pass­ing. Holden en­thu­si­asts will also love the 2016 A9X To­rana Club Na­tion­als’ show and shine.

Love your mus­cle sports?

The sexy ma­chines in our new ‘Sports Rac­ing Car In­vi­ta­tional’ ses­sions will come from the ranks of his­toric Sports Sedans, GT cars, plus Can-Am, Le Mans-style and Big Banger sportscars. More news to come on these twin 15-minute demo ses­sions. Mark Trenoweth’s ex-John McCor­mack Jaguar XJS Sports Sedan is al­ready con­firmed. The Big Cat will be pi­loted by its cre­ator, ‘Mac’. Wall Rac­ing’s HDT F5000pow­ered To­rana (left) and Supra Sports Sedans will also turn laps in these ses­sions. Her­itage Hots Laps is be­ing rested for 2016.

Buy tick­ets on­line and save

Tick­ets are now on sale. Buy on­line and save on the gate price. Sun­day adult admission pre-pur­chased on­line is $40 (plus $3.95 ser­vice fee), while the gate price is $55. This is a sav­ing of $11.05 per ticket on gate price. Con­ces­sions avail­able. Kids 12 and un­der free with pay­ing adult. See mus­cle­car­mas­ters.com.au

Un­for­tu­nately, Tour­ing Car Masters has with­drawn from the meet­ing. How­ever, many of the TCM’s star driv­ers will still be com­pet­ing in other cat­e­gories at the Masters.

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