Cougar spot­ted at Queens­land Race­way

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word ‘cougar’ has taken on a life of its own in re­cent years, but here at AMC it’s fi rst and fore­most the Mer­cury di­vi­sion of Ford’s ver­sion of the Mus­tang. Hon­est!

The long-awaited de­but of Len Balme’s 1967 Mer­cury Cougar was a high­light of the Aus­tralian Trans-Am se­ries’ third round, at Queens­land Race­way in June.

“We chose the Mer­cury Cougar be­cause it was dif­fer­ent, it looks good in race trim and pow­ered by Ford, and I also haven’t seen an­other one here,” Balme said.

“The colour scheme is of the Bud Moore Rac­ing Cougars of 1967 which gave a good chal­lenge to the fac­tory Mus­tang team in the Trans-Am se­ries.”

Balme didn’t ex­pect to threaten the lead­ers in its fi rst meet­ing while the bugs are still be­ing ironed out of the newly built red coupe, and that in­deed proved to be the case at the Paper­clip. But then, no one got near Shan­non O’Brien, who recorded a clean sweep of race wins in a Pon­tiac Fire­bird.

Can any reader tell us when a Mer­cury Cougar last com­peted in cir­cuit rac­ing in Aus­tralia, if ever?

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