In issue #105 of Australian Muscle Car magazine dual Bathurst winner John Goss takes us inside his newly-built 1975 Bathurst Group C prototype Falcon – a car that caused quite a stir when it broke cover earlier this year.
The XB Falcon hardtop had Ford and motorsport fans wondering just ‘what on earth’ the blue and white beast was all about. Was it a surviving road car from the era worked over or a newly-restored period racecar? Or something else?
Members of AMC magazine’s own staff were among those left scratching their heads as to the Goss Special’s role and purpose. Our long list of questions only grew as the car made public appearances during the year. So we put the call in to the man affectionately known as ‘JG’ to find out more.
Once we pinned Goss down and he gave us a personal tour of the car, we learnt that there was quite a story behind its creation and composition. Sorry, but you’re going to have pick up a copy of issue 105 to discover its purpose, as JG gives readers a full briefing on the car’s makeup.
Beyond our cover car, we put the spotlight on HSV’s much anticipated Chev Camaro. Bruce Newton sampled the ‘remanufactured’ right-hand drive Camaro at the American muscle coupe’s official Australian launch and reckons the wait has been worth it.
We also chronicle the career of one of Australia’s greatest race mechanic/engineers, John Sheppard, whose many racing achievements include the 1978 and ’79 HDT Peter Brock Bathurst wins. Sheppard also prepared cars for the late Bob Jane, whom we pay tribute to in the same issue after his recent passing.
Meantime, with Holden ending development of its six-cylinder twin-turbo Supercars engine, fans won’t get to see a ‘six’ contest our top-level touring car series for the foreseeable future. While many fans welcome the retention of the V8, there are those who lament the fact the General won’t be unleashing its new V6 on our racetracks as original planned. For these are people with long memories, who fondly recall when the first six-cylinder powered Holdens went racing. We review its history in our ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ feature.
All that and a whole lot more in issue #105 of Australian Muscle Car magazine.