This issue of Australian Muscle Car celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Falcon GT-HO Phase II – featuring the surviving road test model from 1970! This was the car loaned out by Ford to motoring journalists so they could put their impressions of the Blue Oval’s 1970 Bathurst challenger in print in newspapers and magazines. After the Falcon had been given a thorough flogging by our esteemed press corp, it passed through a series of private owners, most of whom remained oblivious to its star-car past. Remarkably it survives today, unmolested and unrestored – the car that adorns the cover of this issue of Australian MUSCLE CAR is more or less exactly as it was when it first graced the covers of motoring magazines 50 years ago!
Over on the other side of the ‘70s Aussie automotive divide, we go in depth Joe Felice, our featured Muscle Man this issue. Felice wasn’t a racing driver himself, but as Holden’s motorsport chief in the late 1960s and all of the 1970s, Holden racing effort might not have amounted to much without his efforts. It was Felice who was charged with the task of establishing the Holden Dealer Team in 1968, and it was Felice who later sacked both Peter Brock and HDT boss Harry Firth. Felice provides some candid and fascinating insights into Holden’s motorsport effort back in the day – and how much opposition it faced not only from the GM Detroit head office, but also from within Holden itself.