Punter pics

Australian Muscle Car - - Punter Pics - Max Ken­wor­thy

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?”

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