A GT-HO Phase III that headed to the Dark Continent when brand new is now back in its homeland; a song about the XU-1; and a Monaro GTS 186S attracts big dollars at auction.
The Falcon GT-HO has long been overshadowed in Touring Car Masters competition by its American cousin and younger brother, but that all changed when Steven Johnson won at Hidden Valley. The son of a gun won two of the three TCM sprints in Darwin aboard an XY GT-HO presented in a Pete Geoghegan Super Falcon tribute livery. The similar car of Wayne Mercer stormed to victory in the reverse grid race, making it the first time the GT-HO model has won all three races over a TCM weekend. While Ford dominance is not unusual in the retro category, it’s the Mustang and Falcon hardtop that traditionally provide the Blue Oval with success.
Johnson’s fine form in the Top End means he has closed dramatically on Torana SL/R 5000 driver and series leader John Bowe in the points-standings.
As an aside, Bowe has sold his former ride ‘Mustang Sally’ to Tony Warne, whose plans for the category’s most successful car are unknown.
The next round of the TCM is scheduled for Queensland Raceway, July 22-24.