With your mailbag section you say “Sock it to us”, so here goes.
Firstly, let me say I love your magazine and have bought virtually every issue since the f irst.
Your article on the Monaro’s 50th was generally an enjoyable read but my blood boiled when, once again, I read about how the HG350 had softer suspension that the HT350 and was slower – you are yet another magazine perpetuating this myth!
While the rest of the HG Monaro range DID have softer settings than the (main) HT Monaro range, the 350 in both HT and HG had identical suspension. Not only that, but when the original supply of 350 engines ran out in the HG, the replacement that GM-H sourced was more powerful (although advertised horsepower remained the same). So, the last of the HG350s (November ‘70 build) were the fastest of all the original Monaro series. As for a standard XU-1 being quicker than a standard HT or HG350, that is also so wrong, While an XU-1 might be quicker around a race track, in a straight line drag, an HT or HG350 manual is quicker.
I know you quoted Norm Darwin’s book for a lot of your article but there are errors and misleading information in that too. For instance, the acceleration time of 0-50 for the 350 Monaro he quotes (and you reproduced) from the July ’70 issue of Wheels magazine is for an automatic 350 which has the 275bhp engine. Not only that, but Norm states that it’s an HG when, in fact, it’s an HT!
I don’t suppose you will ever print this but I had to get it off my chest. I just get so angry when these same old incorrect ‘facts’ get rehashed over and over again. I think about newer, younger enthusiasts who read this stuff and believe it to be true. I am so passionate about the HK to HG series of Monaros – every true enthusiast deserves to know the truth about them.
ED: Ouch! Cool your jets there, Glenn, and thanks for picking us up on that. It highlights just how difficult it can sometimes be to untangle the detail from a distance of half a century. Anyway, you’ve given us good reason to go back and correct our digital files. Much appreciated.