If you didn’t realise it beforehand, I guess by now as you ip through this issue of AMC you’ll be aware that it’s been 40 years since Peter Brock and Jim Richards famously won the Bathurst 1000 by six laps in their HDT Torana A9X. Who remembers it? I was there – took the train up from Sydney for the day, when I really should have been studying for my HSC… This car and race have been written and spoken about ever since – Brock and Richards winning by six laps and Brock thumbing his nose at everyone by setting the fastest lap of the race on the last lap – and a new lap record to boot. Think about that – in traffic, with worn brakes and tyres, on a greasy track – the most magni centlyarrogant thing I’ve ever seen in all my time watching motorsport.
Classic Carlectables has announced a 1:18 scale model of this legendary car. This model shows the Group C days well – a full interior with a pretty basic roll
cage, lots of engine and not too much in the way of brakes. And it’s a fantastic-looking model: seat belt made from cloth, the bolted brace on the crosspieces in the back of the roll cage, the external oil tank/cooler – the detail is superb. These will sell very, very quickly, so get your pre-order in now. And while you’re there, ask them where to get decals to ll in the Marlboro signs. No word on release date and expect to pay around $280.
That year, 1979, really was, as they used to say, ‘Formula Torana.’ It made sense – Ford had taken their leave of the sport at the end of 1978, leaving the likes of Allan Moffat high and dry. Ford wasn’t bothering with homologation updates, while Holden via the HDT were bringing along new bits here and there and drip-feeding them to the private teams.
There were only a few decent Fords and those cars were pretty underdone come Bathurst – only Moffat and, to a lesser extent, Dick Johnson were really able to take it to the Holdens (in his pre-‘Rock’ privateer days Dick rarely had the funds to venture south, but whenever the ATCC and enduro championship visited Lakeside and Surfers Paradise, the southern stars always knew they’d have their work cut out getting on top of the big blue Bryan Byrt Ford Hardtop).
Now, models of the ‘other’ ’79 Toranas are about – some of them, anyway. Biante in particular has made lots of them in the three main scales of 1:18, 1:43 and 1:64. But if you want a model of some of the privateer cars, you’ll have to do it yourself.
Here we go back to Bruce Patterson (www. pattosplace.com.au) who makes after-market waterslide decals. He’s got quite a few cars you can do – Cullen/McRae, Janson/Perkins, Rogers/ Stevens among about a dozen all up. He can also supply decals for the cigarette-sponsored cars, to ll in those annoying gaps.
Problem is, you’ll have to buy one of the previously-made models and repaint it to get the privateer car. The models can be pretty pricey now, depending on what you’re after – I’ve seen 1:64 cars for over $50 – a lot for what’s essentially a Hot Wheels or Matchbox car.
As for ‘how to’ see the breakout on the Moffat Mustang.