Guest columnist John Smailes has commentated, publicised and reported on motorsport for five decades. Throughout this time he’s observed at close quarters the intriguing career and persona of Allan George Moffat. Who better then to help bring Moffat’s long-awaited autobiography to life.
Reader: Wayne Hicks Cars: FPV GTP and XY GT tribute Hometown: Melbourne, VIC
What are they? “A 2007 GTP brought from Castle Hill (Sydney) and a XY Falcon GT tribute in Yellow Glo.” When did you purchase the cars? “The GTP I purchased four years ago with 15,000 kilometres on the clock and the XY I had purchased 10 years ago.” What do you know about their lives? “The GTP’s previous owner had brought the car from Sydney brand new and mostly the car was in a shed covered with a dust cover. The GTP was advertised on carsales.com and I contacted the owner and made arrangements to have a look at the car. With the car being in pristine condition, a deal was completed and I brought it back to Melbourne. The XY Falcon was originally owned by an elderly gent in Sunbury in Victoria who bought the car brand new. It was then sold to two brothers in Diggers Rest, Victoria, and sat in the open for a few years. A panel beater mate had purchased it and then it sat in his shed for period of time - and then it was then offered to me. It was then transferred to Western Smash Repairs and a full ground up restoration was completed over a period of nine months to what you see today.” How do they go? “The GTP has been modified with a shark mouth cold intake has also been fl ash tuned and stainless exhaust system and extractors fitted. The car performs extremely well. What can you say about old Fords? They are a classic and such a good cruiser. This XY is fitted with the original under-dash air-conditioner from brand new and powersteering, making it a pleasure to drive.” Anything you would like to add? “With Fords not being produced in this country anymore and Holden to follow suit shortly, this will at least make these makes iconic and the interest will grow with new generations.”