My Mus­cle Car

Car: Ford XW Fal­con GT Home­town: Port Au­gusta, SA

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AMC read­ers show us their mus­cle cars ahead of hit­ting the 2018 Aussie Mus­cle Car Run.

What is it?

“My car is a Septem­ber 1969 XW GT. It orig­i­nated with a 351ci Wind­sor, four-speed To­ploader gear­box and 9” diff. It is Candy Ap­ple Red in colour with the fac­tory vinyl roof and black in­te­rior. The car was ac­tu­ally op­tioned with power-steer­ing.”

When did you buy it?

“I pur­chased it, I think, seven years ago. It must have been in Septem­ber, as I re­mem­ber ying up to Queens­land to look at it on a Wed­nes­day fol­low­ing an Aussie rules grand nal win the Satur­day prior and still not feel­ing 100 per­cent...”

Why did you buy it?

“Own­ing an XW GT was al­ways a dream of mine and it’s the right GT for me. I have had a few cars lead­ing up to pur­chas­ing this one, but never thought it pos­si­ble to own an XW. I had an XT GT, XB GT and an XP Coupe, but I have al­ways cir­cled back to the XW. I like to see the un­der­dog get up and win and to me the XWs

al­ways seemed to have that tag, as the poor cousin to XY and its ‘Shaker’. I think that’s why I pre­fer the XW. Of course, I’m not say­ing the XYs are not a good-look­ing car and if you were to give me a Wild Vi­o­let XY GT, I’ll take it! I also have al­ways liked the Wind­sor engines. I think that started with the XT GT. The big­ger stroked 351ci was an ad­van­tage – faster is al­ways bet­ter. The black vinyl roof, vene­tian blinds and gen­eral old school cool­ness of the car along with its over­all con­di­tion ‘had me at hello’ when I rst laid eyes on it. Sold!”

What do you know about its his­tory?

“As far as I know, this par­tic­u­lar GT was sold new from Bob Rolling­ton Ford in South Yarra, Vic­to­ria on Oc­to­ber 31, 1969. Hal­loween! Other than that I am largely un­aware of the car’s his­tory. I would love to know more about it. [ED: Can any­one help? If so, con­tact am­ced­i­to­rial@chevron.com.au and we’ll put you in touch with Broady].”

How does it go?

“It han­dles well for a car made in 1969. With no modi cations to sus­pen­sion or brakes, it’s about the best it is ever go­ing to be! “When I rst bought it, the en­gine wor­ried me a lit­tle (com­bined with the fear of crash­ing the car). Since then I have re­moved the orig­i­nal en­gine for safe keep­ing and Matt Clark from Develo Pro built me a nice lit­tle streeter. It is good for mid-eights on the 1/8th mile. I think with a to­ploader and its big dirty old clutch, I should be happy with that.”

Any­thing you’d like to add?

“It was my Dad who planted the seed of my car ad­dic­tion. It was his sto­ries about his FJ Holden, then driv­ing a two-door HQ Monaro from Port Au­gusta to Ade­laide in two-and-aquar­ter hours go­ing the long way – when the speed limit was re­ally more of a rough guide – and var­i­ous other sto­ries in­volv­ing XY and XC Fords that got me hooked. My two me­chan­ics Mia and Oliver – aged 4.5 and 2.5 years – love the car and would have me take them ev­ery­where in it if they had it their way. I can tell you, I’ve had a few funny looks when I pull up with their car seats in the back! “And thank you to my beau­ti­ful wifey Adele.”

Where can peo­ple do­nate to Gas On Rac­ing?

http://my.leukaemi­afoun­da­tion.org.au/ ga­son “I’d like to say ‘well done’ to the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion for or­gan­is­ing such a great event. This year will be my fth tour and I am very much look­ing for­ward to catch­ing up with some old friends and re­mem­ber­ing some no longer with us. It just goes to show with great or­gan­i­sa­tion and a love for cars, good times can be had – and hope­fully con­tinue to be had. Well done also to my old mate Dar­ren ‘Brasso’ Wil­lis for com­ing along.”

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