CIG... oi, oi

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle Maniac -

AMC reader Karl Share kindly sent us scans from a 1970 is­sue of Prac­ti­cal Welder magazine record­ing the plight of the CIGspon­sored Fal­con GT-HO in the 1970 HardieFerodo 500. The XW was driven by Hans Thol­strup and Bill Ford to 11th out­right, five laps down on win­ner Al­lan Mof­fat.

This was a very in­no­va­tive spon­sor­ship for the time given the natty liv­ery, the cam­paign’s launch of the Au­tol­ynx 100 MIG welder and the sup­ply of equip­ment to CIG’s trade area, a fore­run­ner to what would be­come the fa­mous TAFE crash re­pair team. Then there’s the cre­ative spread in CIG’s own magazine de­tail­ing the ways the com­pany’s prod­ucts were used on race week­end. For in­stance, the cap­tion for photo 4, 10am Satur­day Oc­to­ber 3 reads: “The scru­ti­neers found that this car did not have a safety strap on the tail­shaft. Tony Mar­letta of the Syd­ney Branch gets right down to the job in hand to weld a new strap in po­si­tion us­ing the Au­tol­ynx 100.” On ya, Tony! We thank Karl for shar­ing his find. “I found this in an old fil­ing cabi­net that I saved from be­ing put in the scrap bin. I won­der if the car is still around?”

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