The HT Monaro GTS celebrates its golden anniversary in 2019. To celebrate, the latest issue of Australian Muscle Car magazine presents 50 reasons to love these classic ‘Marilyns’.
What’s more, the 253ci-powered version of the GTS Monaro launched in ’69 was the first all-Aussie Monaro. The V8 versions of the HT’s predecessor, the HK, were powered by Chevrolet’s small block V8s, whereas the HT 253s were built at Fishermans Bend.
The cover of issue #109 is adorned by a green and gold example of a GTS 253. What could be more Aussie than an early Monaro with an Aussie engine painted in our national sporting colours?
Those same colours in form of stripes were drapped over the GTS 350 that Colin Bond drove to victory at Bathurst in ’69.
‘Bathurst Bond’ was the name they were calling ‘CB’ after his and Tony Roberts’ victory in the 1969 Hardie-Ferodo 1000 in their Holden Dealer Team Monaro HT GTS 350. In our latest issue Bond reflects on the whirlwind of success that he enjoyed upon becoming a factory driver for Holden that year. The ever-popular and cheerful driver also shares with AMC readers some Monaro pics from his own collection – including wedding day shots with new bride Robyn in a brand new roadgoing Monaro.
Our latest issue, #109, has over 30 pages of HT Monaro tales and content.
Beyond Monaros, our brand new issue has plenty of interest for students of motor racing history. In the second installment of our two-part Muscle Man feature, Ron Gillard talks us through some of the many racecars he built, prepared, and sometimes even got to race, through the 1970s and ’80s – including the V8 Commodores and the later VL Turbo six model in production car racing, and the pivotal behind-the-scenes roles he played in the one-make Triumph TR7 and Ford Laser Series.
For Ford fans, we present a classic Bathurst tale of a lone 351 V8 Falcon XY in a field mostly comprised of six-cylinder Toranas and Chargers. This sounded like a potential class D-winning proposition in the 1971 Bathurst 500 to Gerry Lister and David Seldon. It was a good plan, but sadly that year the pair just didn’t get the right breaks –or the right brakes.
Meanwhile, this year it was South Australia’s turn to host the Falcon GT Nationals – and over the ’19 Easter weekend the Crow Eaters turned on an impressive show featuring more than 250 Fords spanning the entire history of the Falcon GT. Full coverage in issue #109.
Our Sacred Sites section pays homage to a series of small regional tracks. Terry Walker in his book Fast Tracks: Australia’s Motor Racing Circuits 1904-1995 used some colourful phraseology to sum up the proliferation of small country racing circuits in north-eastern Victoria in the 1950s and ’60s. He wrote of such tracks being sprinkled through the region “like currants in a bun!” We pick the currants from that bun for you to digest!
All that and a whole lot more in AMC magazine. On sale now.