Last issue we shined the spotlight on Max’s 42 years at Ford Australia. Max, who worked in the Personnel department, supplied us with more images than we could squeeze into that two-page story, so we held over some pics of cars he has owned and driven. As a young man he owned the actual chassis in which Harry Firth and Bob Jane won the first Bathurst classic, in 1963. This was followed by a Mustang, Escort and a long, long line of fast Falcons. Things have turned full circle, as today his pride and joy is another Mk.I Cortina – a GT500, the model Ford homologated for Bathurst for ’65.
Sharpe family archive
Issue #90 also played host to images taken by the late Geoff Sharpe, a team mechanic at the famed Lot 6 skunk works. Those pics took us behind the scenes at the 1970, ’71 and ’73 Bathurst-winning factory Ford team. This time we display a start sequence Geoff captured at the 1971 Hardie-Ferodo 500 from Ford’s pitlane bunker. He’s snapped the first 17 cars on the grid (1), with the trio of works Phase IIIs obscured but John Goss’s GT-HO and Colin Bond’s XU-1 closest to camera. As the grid clears (2) Geoff has zeroed in on the Charger brigade behind Geoff Leeds/Digby CIG XU-1 on position 23. The field blasts off (3), one of the many Yellow Dolly Toranas gathers speed (4) and Howard Marsden (5) turns to Geoff as if to say, in his urbane manner, “That was rather exciting, Geoffrey, don’t you think?”