This year's Muscle Car Masters at the Sydney raceway on September 6 will celebrate the birth of one of our muscle legends: the Ford Falcon GT-HO. Allan Moffat and John French - drivers of the first ever Ford Falcon GT-HO to win a race - will be on hand to get reacquainted with the machine that brought it home for them at Sandown in 1969.
They will be joined by other racing legends, including Colin Bond, Fred and Chris Gibson, Harry Firth, Leo Geoghegan, Alan Grice, Kevin Bartlett, Jim Richards, Barry and Glenn Seton, John Harvey, John Bowe, Murray Carter, Phil Brock and Bob Holden.
Based on the road-going XW Ford Falcon GT, the GT-HO was released in August that year and given just one task … win Australia's most grueling touring car event, the Bathurst 500 mile production car race. It delivered the goods, and then some, winning races and championships throughout the early 1970s.
The Muscle Car Masters event is a celebration of Australia's rich motoring heritage: the cars, the drivers and a whole era of motoring, Moffat says. "The 1960s and '70s were defined by cars that you could race on Sunday and buy in the showroom on the Monday - Muscle Car Masters is no different.
"Restored race vehicles and road registered examples will be at the event for all to see," Moffat says. The celebration at Eastern Creek Raceway will include the GT-HO's legendary rivals - the Valiant R/T Charger and Holden's Monaro, Torana XU-1 and Torana A9X, among a field of other muscle cars.
The main event on the day will be an international face-off between Australian and New Zealand, while other features include the Biante Touring Car Masters, New Zealand Central Muscle Cars, Group C and Group A Bathurst touring cars and Historic Touring cars from the 1960s and '70s.
The day also includes a show and shine display of Aussie muscle cars and … of course … a homage to the legendary Ford Falcon GT-HO.
For further information visit www.eastern-creek-raceway.com