Mus­cle Ma­niac

Australian Muscle Car - - Contents -

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.

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