Par­adise Bird of

Australian Muscle Car - - News -

The Candy Ap­ple Red Fal­con GT you see on these pages is un­doubt­edly the un­sung hero of Ford’s sto­ried Se­ries Pro­duc­tion race his­tory. It reached the pin­na­cle of en­durance racing in its day and, thanks to its three care­ful own­ers, is now an im­por­tant piece of our mo­tor racing his­tory, beau­ti­fully re­stored and pre­served for the fu­ture.

In the hands of Jim Ber­tram and Bill Gates it won the 1969 Roth­mans 12 Hour Clas­sic at a stink­ing hot Surfers Par­adise In­ter­na­tional Race­way on Jan­uary 5 that year.

The full story of the two Roth­mans 12 Hours run to Se­ries Pro­duc­tion rules was told in de­tail in is­sue #41. This fas­ci­nat­ing ac­count high­lights that en­tre­pre­neur and cir­cuit owner Keith Wil­liams pro­moted these events as be­ing both big­ger and more de­mand­ing than Bathurst’s 500-mile Oc­to­ber af­fair. Bold claim, but hardly pre-event hype when you con­sider the Gold Coast event ran for five hours longer, for the most part in the mer­ci­less mid-sum­mer Queens­land heat that pro­vided an ex­treme test of me­chan­i­cal and

The XT Fal­con GT model’s great­est achieve­ment in racing was win­ning Surfers Par­adise’s short-lived 12 Hour Se­ries Pro­duc­tion en­durance race in early 1969. In­cred­i­bly, the ac­tual win­ning car from this long-over­looked achieve­ment sur­vives to­day and we’ve tracked it down.

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