Claims to fame

Australian Muscle Car - - Immortal Muscle -

Our fea­ture car has, un­der­stand­ably, lived in the shadow of the two XC Fords that posted the Bathurst 1977 quinella and also the iconic Marl­boro-liv­er­ied HDT A9X To­ranas that Peter Brock and Jim Richards drove to vic­tory on the Moun­tain in 1978 and ’79. How­ever, it’s im­por­tant we take stock of its place in Aus­tralian rac­ing his­tory: Peter Brock’s first A9X race­car. First To­rana A9X to win a race, Sandown’s 1977 Hang Ten 400, in front of a race­day crowd of 41,500. Pole­sit­ter at Bathurst in 1977, lead­ing across the top of the moun­tain on lap one and for the bulk of the first lap. Led large slab of Roth­mans 500 in hands of hus­band and wife com­bi­na­tion Fred and Chris­tine Gib­son. While the HDT was the fac­tory-sup­ported team, Pat­ter­son-Cheney Holden was only one step re­moved from GM-H’s rac­ing pro­gram. The road­go­ing A9Xs all spent time at the deal­er­ship’s work­shop for the fit­ment of flares, front spoiler and bon­net scoop be­fore be­ing re­turned to GM-H for delivery to deal­ers. Early Aus­tralian adopter of a win­dow net, an idea Brock brought back from his out­ings that year with Gerry Mar­shall in Europe. Sur­vived a ware­house fire that threat­ened to de­stroy it. Driven by Will Dav­i­son upon its re­turn to Mount Panorama af­ter restora­tion on the morn­ing of the 2016 Bathurst 1000, a race won by Dav­i­son and Jonathon Webb.

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