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MEGA MAN CAVE, MOR­GAN’S BUY-BACK AND A VAULT FIND ‘VETTE

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BE­HIND THE doors of a non­de­script in­dus­trial shed close to Bris­bane air­port you could ex­pect to find a num­ber of things, but not this.

The col­lec­tion be­gan as one room that be­came in­creas­ingly full of diecast model cars, mo­tor­bikes, race cars and as­sorted race mem­o­ra­bilia col­lected by the dealer prin­ci­pal of the iconic Bryan Byrt Ford in Bris­bane. But don’t let the af­fil­i­a­tion fool you, there are plenty of Red Lion model cars in the glass cab­i­nets, but most are race cars, un­like the cache of 1:18 scale XW, XY GTHOs and XAXC hard­tops in street trim.

From the smashed-in door pan­els of Steven John­sons’ only round win­ning car to an XC bon­net im­mor­tal­is­ing the Mof­fat-Bond Bathurst fin­ish in 1977 to Jim Richards’ 2004 Bathurst bon­net/kan­ga­roo in­ci­dent, these walls speak of the thrill, hard work and cost that goes into rac­ing.

Old fuel bowsers grab your at­ten­tion with each one im­mac­u­lately re­stored and in­ter­spersed with more rac­ing mem­o­ra­bilia, life-size card­board cut-outs of rac­ing driv­ers and even a retro petrol sta­tion and bar­ber shop with pe­riod bowsers, oil bot­tles and neon lights giv­ing off a very ’50s rock-n-roll vibe.

Be­ing in­volved with motorsport, and in par­tic­u­lar Dick Johnson, over the years,

the owner of this col­lec­tion was able to ac­quire some stag­ger­ingly de­sir­able Group C race cars which truly make this col­lec­tion unique and are the heart of this dis­play. 01 '77 Fal­con XC

Iconic Bryan Byrt Ford liv­ery sets this XC hard­top apart from ri­vals of the time while the ex­ten­sive list of driv­ers who have had time be­hind the wheel make this car some­thing re­ally spe­cial. Jim Richards re­ceived this car as a rolling chas­sis from Ford to build into his 1977 car which he did, run­ning in Melfords liv­ery, most no­tably to third place at the fi­nal round of the ATCC at Phillip Is­land.

The ‘re­v­erse Co­bra’ scheme with num­ber 32 now seen on the car is as the car raced at Bathurst in 1978 with John French and War­wick Brown. 02 '78 Fal­con XC

Be­lieved to be a Ford light­weight shell, this car is said to be the third Mof­fat team car as ev­i­denced in pub­li­ca­tions of the day and in­for­ma­tion that has been un­earthed over the in­ter­ven­ing years. Mof­fat even­tu­ally deemed the ex­er­cise too ex­pen­sive and sold the car off to Norm Smith Rac­ing who had Garry Willm­ing­ton shake it down prior to Bathurst 1978. Now wear­ing its Bathurst 1979 Ever­last liv­ery, it rep­re­sents the car Bill O’Brien and Ray Win­ter com­pleted 65 laps in be­fore the en­gine died. 03 '80 Fal­con XD After tak­ing the Aus­tralian Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship in 1979 in the Ron Hodg­son/ Chan­nel Seven LX A9X To­rana, Bob Mor­ris stepped into the new VB Com­modore for the 1980 ATCC but after a year of mixed re­sults with the VB – a win in the fi­nal round at Oran Park the only bright point in a long sea­son of re­tire­ments – Mor­ris cut his ties with Holden for the 1980 en­durance races at Sandown and Bathurst.

He then part­nered with

Bill O’Brien in O’Brien’s XD Fal­con for the Hang Ten 400 at Sandown where the pair re­tired after 31 laps. O’Brien con­tin­ued to cam­paign the car un­til the end of Group C in 1984 with mid-field Bathurst re­sults and some points wins in the ATCC dur­ing 1982 and 1983. 04 '82 Fal­con XE

Com­plete with stone chips from its last race at Bathurst in 1984, this XE Fal­con has to be the most orig­i­nal Group C race car in Aus­tralia and one which her­alded the end of an era for both Aus­tralian motorsport and for Ford’s iconic 351ci Cleve­land V8.

Joe Moore cam­paigned the car be­tween 1982 and 1984 in cham­pi­onship se­ries and achieved point-win­ning po­si­tions in the 1984 ATCC.

Lloyd s Auctions on the Gold Coast is of­fer­ing this in­cred­i­ble col­lec­tion for auc­tion un­re­served on July2 9.

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