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Gal­la­her GTs at the Farm Your Gal­la­her story in is­sue #96 prompted me to send you this photo of my sis­ter and I and the Gal­la­her XR GT Fal­cons at War­wick Farm. I am not sure what meet­ing they are from, prob­a­bly mid 1967 to pro­mote the Gal­la­her 500 in Oc­to­ber. Un­for­tu­nately I was only seven so I don’t re­mem­ber the day. I have great mem­o­ries of a few years later at­tend­ing War­wick Farm, Oran

I must ad­mit I en­joyed cir­cuit rac­ing a lot more back in the 1970s and ’80s com­pared to nowa­days. I tend to go to speed­way and drag rac­ing now, cir­cuit rac­ing has be­come too hi-tech and less en­ter­tain­ing. Bo/Bos first out­right win­ners Loved

the series of fea­tures on the 1967 Ford XR Fal­con GT and other sto­ries in is­sue #96. On page 30 you state that the XR GT has the dis­tinc­tion of be­ing the first car ac­knowl­edged as be­ing the out­right win­ner of the Bathurst 500. In fact, the out­right win­ner was first ac­knowl­edged in 1965, the Se­ton/Bos­worth Ford Cortina GT500.

I re­mem­ber it well from my at­ten­dance at the meet­ing and col­lec­tion of mo­tor­sport books and mag­a­zines, as per the spe­cific ref­er­ences be­low. Wheels’ July 1965’s is­sue high­lights that the Cortina “is called – nat­u­rally enough – the ‘GT500’ and with it Ford hopes to clinch its first of­fi­cial out­right win in the clas­sic.”

Aus­tralian Mo­tor Man­ual’s

Au­gust 1965 story head­lined as ‘Im­por­tant changes for 1965 Arm­strong 500’ states, “An award for first car home, in­clu­sion of fully im­ported ve­hi­cles... are fea­tures of the reg­u­la­tions for this year’s Arm­strong 500. The new line hon­ours award – The Arm­strong Tro­phy – is to be a per­pet­ual tro­phy held for a year by the cur­rent win­ning en­trant.”

David McKay’s race re­port in Mod­ern Mo­tor’s De­cem­ber 1965 is­sue also states, “Most in­ter­est lay in the out­right win, of­fi­cially recog­nised for the first time.”

Be­yond that point, Harry Firth im­plied that Fred Gib­son hadn’t any tour­ing car ex­pe­ri­ence at Bathurst as he was a sportscar driver. Harry for­gets that Fred fin­ished sec­ond out­right in 1966 in a pri­vate Mor­ris Cooper S and in fact, fin­ished four places bet­ter than Harry him­self. Fred first ap­peared in the Bathurst en­duros in 1963 co­driv­ing a Mor­ris 850.

The three colours of the three works XR GTs were green for Firth, red for Jane and white for the Geoghe­gans, fol­lows a tra­di­tion started in 1964. Be­fore advertising was al­lowed on the race­cars, the ar­range­ment was that the car colour would re­flect the oil com­pany spon­sor­ship of the main driver. In the case of Harry Firth, it was green for BP, for Bob Jane red for Shell and in 1967 the Geoghe­gans car was white with green stripe for Cas­trol. In 1964 the colour schemes were more sub­tle. For ex­am­ple, the Geoghe­gan Cortina GT wore red, white and blue stripes in recog­ni­tion of their spon­sor­ship from To­tal.

Thanks for your great magazine.

ED: We are never too proud to stand cor­rected, Ken, es­pe­cially when put straight by read­ers as knowl­edge­able and thor­ough as your good self. Our in­cor­rect fact came from Bill Tuckey’s re­port on the 1967 race in the of­fi­cial book, al­though I now note Tuckey’s 1965 chap­ter also states ’65 was the year the first out­right win­ner was recog­nised.

Gold Starr

Iwas at school when the XR GT came out. There was noth­ing else like it. Then the XW and XY came out. And GT-HO vari­ants. The XR soon be­came yes­ter­day’s hero and you al­most couldn’t give them away. Gary Starr Via Face­book

Tricky Dicky XE GP Tur­bos

Iimag­ine you get heaps of car show photos for your magazine al­though four Dick John­son Grand Prix XEs to­gether was some­thing ex­tra spe­cial that you may be able to sneak into your magazine. Photos were taken at Lake­side in late June. Fords truly Ge­off Droughton ED: Ge­off, your im­age of the quar­tet rams home the slightly dif­fer­ent specs of these cars caused by the dis­jointed pro­duc­tion and the fact they were made in small batches over a pe­riod of time, as our is­sue #82 story out­lined.

Su­per Blue VJ E49

Fur­ther

to your VJ E49 story, at­tached is a let­ter to the long de­funct Sports Car World in 1975 from a Tom Cut­ler, Kings­grove, Syd­ney (where is he and car now?) who bought a new VJ 6 Pack Charger in July 1974 built Dec 1973 and stored in Bris­bane. Well worth a read, es­pe­cially the men­tion of the 8¾ diff fit­ted.

I wanted to trade my VH 265 XL Charger in on an XL 6 Pack Charger as per the VJ sales brochure, which I still have, but was told by the Glad­stone dealer that none were avail­able. Ap­par­ently 6 packs didn’t meet Jan­uary 1, 1974 pol­lu­tion regs, so none were made af­ter De­cem­ber 30, 1973. So I test drove an SL/R 5000 To­rana, a 350 GTS 4-door and an XB hard­top, which I even­tu­ally bought, with 351, 4-speed, LSD, GS pack.

This was March/April 1974 and in May/June, af­ter pick­ing up my 351, the Chrysler sales­man rang to say he’d fi­nally found a blue XL 6 Pack. I was ro­peable, but the car seems the same one bought by Cut­ler. The help­ful sales­man then of­fered me a 360 770 Charger for the same dol­lars as I paid for the Ford, how­ever I was less than im­pressed with a 360 Mopar truck mo­tor! Lit­tle did we all know, in hind­sight, that only 77 360 Charg­ers were made and would be rarer than any VH 6 Pack.

I kept the XB for 21 years of sat­is­fy­ing mo­tor­ing, the surge of torque from 351 Cleve­lands is in­tox­i­cat­ing. What about the ru­moured VJ 6 Pack utes, wagons and Re­gal sedans? Dave Ras­mussen Email

Park and Ama­roo Park. Ken Marsh Email

Neil Strat­ton Email

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