Phil Rizzo passed on images given to him a few years ago by a bloke whose name he now can’t recall. Should our mystery snapper we reading this, we’ll be happy to acknowledge you next issue. Oran, Amaroo and Catalina Parks are depicted.
Gordon is a Kiwi with a thing, clearly, for XD and XE Falcons. “While in Australia in the late 1970s to early ’80s I attended races meetings at Bathurst, Oran Park, Amaroo Park and Lakeside,” he says. How good are his shots of Dicky Johnson on the edge in Tru-Blu?!
“By November 1972 I had enough money saved to buy an XU-1,” writes Alan. Paying with cash earned him a $200 discount on the RRP of $3759. His mother, though, had more on her mind than just getting a good deal. “The salesman told my Mum it’s a lot safer than hotting up an FC.” Yeah, those salesmen know just what to say, don’t they! An impressionable young race fan, Alan nicknamed the car ‘Harry’ and considered himself the owner not of a Holden XU-1 but of a GM-H XU-1, as in, “General Motors – Harry.” This was, of course, just a month after the HDT’s triumph at Bathurst. “I was slightly disappointed with GM-H not fitting extractors to the car. Would you believe it came with Dunlop High Performance SP bias belted tyres, not radials. They were very soft and wore out after 10 months. The brake pads were soft and dusty too.”
Our Slot Car expert has a thing for DJR Mustangs and dug up some of his own happy snaps. We especially like the image from Oran Park 1985 featuring the dicing JPS BMW 635s in the background.