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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 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.”

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