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Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle Meet -

Perth was the place to be over the Easter long week­end for Blue Oval faith­ful as the Fal­con GT Club of Western Aus­tralia hosted the 17th Fal­con GT Na­tion­als. Over­all, 140 cars were en­tered, with en­trants com­ing from all over Aus­tralia, in­clud­ing a group from North Queens­land, who drove all the way. Al­though num­bers were down a lit­tle, com­pared to events held in the Eastern States, the qual­ity was still high, with a num­ber of rare and un­usual GTs and GT-HOs be­ing pre­sented.

As usual, scru­ti­neer­ing and pre-judg­ing kicked off pro­ceed­ings on Thurs­day and Good Fri­day, with the ‘Show and Shine’ be­ing held on Easter Satur­day. Un­for­tu­nately, due to high cost of hir­ing Barba­gallo Race­way, there was no on-track ac­tiv­i­ties this year, how­ever most agreed that the Sun­day cruise to Mun­dar­ing and Kala­munda and the visit to Tony Pernechele’s pri­vate Ford Mu­seum at Bailup Farm on Mon­day, pro­vided suit­able al­ter­na­tives.

De­spite the other ac­tiv­i­ties on the pro­gramme, the show is still the high­light and for the first time in Na­tion­als his­tory, the big dis­play was held in­doors, at the Clare­mont Show­grounds Pavil­ions… the same lo­ca­tion as the scru­ti­neer­ing. Al­though weather has never re­ally been an is­sue in pre­vi­ous years, the air- con­di­tioned pavil­ions did pro­vide a much more com­fort­able en­vi­ron­ment for en­trants, judges and spec­ta­tors alike, whilst also mak­ing it eas­ier for own­ers to keep their ve­hi­cles clean.

In ev­ery car show, there are al­ways gems that stand out in a sea of gleam­ing paint and pol­ished chrome and this Na­tion­als was no dif­fer­ent. Top dis­play had to go to Robert Panizza, whose stun­ning Onyx Black Phase III sat on a base of re­flec­tive black per­spex, sur­rounded by 500mm high, ma­chined al­loy Au­to­lite spark plugs, which also con­tin­ued around Ian John’s won­der­fully unique, True Blue Phase II. For the un­re­stored cars, it was hard to go past Michael Stavrides’ im­mac­u­late Ver­mil­lion Fire XY GT (pic­tured top right), or Mur­ray McDon­ald’s Lime Glaze XA GT sedan, al­though the rar­ity of Parry Bit­sikas’ New Eng­land Green XB GT sedan – one of two built for the same orig­i­nal owner – made you look twice. The story be­hind the lat­ter was fas­ci­nat­ing; a spe­cial or­der XB GT in this colour was stolen and de­stroyed in 1976 with the car’s un­for­tu­nate owner im­me­di­ately plac­ing an or­der for an ex­act re­place­ment, the ma­chine here.

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