Back at the Mas­ters

Guest colum­nist Todd Martin is the prin­ci­pal of Muscle Car Events Aus­tralia. In­stru­men­tal in bring­ing the early Muscle Car Mas­ters to life, Todd’s back in­volved and cook­ing up some fun displays.

Australian Muscle Car - - Guest Column - Todd Martin

Af­ter a hia­tus from in­volve­ment in the Muscle Car Mas­ters I’m pleased to be back in the pas­sen­ger’s seat or­gan­is­ing suit­able el­e­ments that show­case sights and sounds from the golden era of mo­tor­ing and motorsport. This year’s Mas­ters, over Oc­to­ber 28-29, will have a num­ber of awe­some added el­e­ments that we reckon will give you an ex­cuse to head back to the event. This in­cludes the rein­tro­duc­tion of road and club cars into the pit/pad­dock area for ded­i­cated displays.

The MCM’s suc­cess was built upon pro­vid­ing pun­ters with count­less must-see displays and must-meet le­gends – lots of dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ences that, when com­bined, give every­one a great day or week­end out. And we are cook­ing up plenty of these for the Syd­ney Motorsport Park spec­tac­u­lar in 2017. Here’s a sam­ple, just for starters... Firstly, a num­ber of spe­cial guests will fea­ture, in­clud­ing Gil Tucker. Who is he you ask? You sort of know the name, right?

Gil Tucker is a face that crosses many as­pects of tele­vi­sion, film and ad­ver­tis­ing through seven­ties and eight­ies. Per­haps best known for his role as Con­sta­ble Roy Baker in Cop Shop, Gil was the ini­tial face of Chicko Roll, the nit­pick­ing ‘Peo­ple’s Ob­server’ in Mad Max, plus the face of To­rana Hatch­back when the LX To­rana needed a ‘hatch hutch tent’ added on for the great out­doors!

Gil will join us at this year’s Mas­ters along with a hand­picked Pa­paya SS Hatch­back, com­plete with Hatch Hutch plus a col­lec­tion of ve­hi­cles connected to Gil’s ca­reer, such as a MFP Fal­con and Blue Bongo Van.

He’s the first of many muscle car era iden­ti­ties con­firmed. Of course, the Mas­ters has al­ways at­tracted a who’s who of fa­mous rac­ing driv­ers from the era, many of whom will be on hand again this year. As time marches on, the pres­ence of the greats is mostly con­fined to main race day, Sun­day, these days.

Last year we had three gen­er­a­tions of Se­tons present and it’s not be­yond the realms of pos­si­bil­ity that Bo Se­ton will get to cheer on son Glenn and grand­son Aaron in the 6 Hours of Syd­ney en­duro pro­duc­tion car race.

Now, how about Aussie beach, out­door and camp­ing clas­sics like the Sand­man, Drifter and Surferoo – three iconic 1970s Aus­tralian mod­els. Add in the Hatch Hutch, Tail Tent, some sand and palm trees and then you’re on the beach – or in the bush, if we in­clude an Over­lan­der 4X4.

Yep, we’re on the look­out for some cool cats with cool cars that gave us a cul­ture of the great out­doors that we’re set to recre­ate as part of this year’s event. We sim­ply can­not do any­thing in 2017 with­out a col­lec­tion of the first GT Fal­cons com­bined with the last GT Fal­cons, mak­ing for an awe-in­spir­ing dis­play. Sure, we know the 1977 1-2 fin­ish was made up of XC-bod­ied cars, but to have 10 GT Gold XRs on­site, plus 10 Fal­con GT coupes in the pit precinct would look very cool. If they were joined by the ac­tual race-win­ning 1977 Mof­fat Ford Dealer car and a trib­ute to the 1967 FoMoCo en­try, that would be grand – not to men­tion some blokes called Gib­son and Mof­fat!

If there was a roll-call of staff mem­bers at the Holden Dealer Team (HDT) it would read like a who’s who for those that pro­vided gen­er­a­tions of motorsport mem­o­ries for no mat­ter who you fol­lowed. From 1969 to 1986 mem­bers of the Holden Dealer Team pro­duced nu­mer­ous wins on race­tracks, ral­lies and roads around not only Aus­tralia, but the South Pa­cific.

We here at the Muscle Car Mas­ters reckon there needs to be a cel­e­bra­tion of all mem­bers of the famed HDT. So no mat­ter what you did through the pe­riod we’d like to per­son­ally in­vite you as our guests!

Adding to the To­rana theme and to celebrate the gi­ant-killing ef­forts of Brock in 1972 there will be a ded­i­cated Group Nc race for To­ranas. Plus we’re go­ing to smug­gle 45 colour­ful and gen­uine XU-1 road cars into the pit area. Now that will be a sight to see.

Re­mem­ber that fa­mous image from Bathurst 1973 of six red Ron Hodg­son pro­mo­tional LJ To­rana GTR XU-1s mim­ick­ing the Bob Mor­ris/ John Lef­fler en­try that year? Of course you do, it’s pic­tured on this page. Well, at this year’s Muscle Car Mas­ters we’re recre­at­ing pho­to­graphic his­tory by load­ing a trans­porter with six red LJ XU-1s stick­ered up like the six at the 1973 Hardie Ferodo 1000. Don’t tell any­one, but the six To­ranas loaded on the trans­porter will only be stick­ered-up on one side. We might even have to make cut-outs of Bob and John.

Of course, none of this will hap­pen with­out suit­able ve­hi­cles, so we are putting the call out for the fol­low­ing: Sand­mans/Drifters/Sun­down­ers plus an Over­lan­der and Surferoo; SS Hatch­backs; XR GTs/Fal­con coupes (in any model), six red LJ two-door To­rana XU-1s; one four-door LJ would be great, too.

If you own a car that fits any of these de­scrip­tions and want to have a fun week­end, con­tact me on 0428 487 981 or email todd@ mus­cle­

Like­wise, if you were a mem­ber of the Holden Dealer Team (HDT) drop me a line and I’ll pro­vide you all the de­tails to get you to an awe­some 2017 Aus­tralian Muscle Car Mas­ters at Syd­ney Motorsport Park. Can’t wait!

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