I wish! My earliest was seeing the Goose win in 1974, so no mate its just a scan.Where's that - McPhillamy? What a great shot - the three Munros in front of four XWs. What a kick in the slats for Henry! Never seen that shot before -did you or your dad take that one, Nota?
But glad you liked it and may I throw in these others for your interest?
Love the 'battery strap bonnet ties' on the red one.
Close up it looks suspiciously like leather belts attached to some 1960s era kitchen cupboard handles!
You're absolutely right, the rigours of production-based racing definately improved our local cars.It's no wonder Falcodores handle good when you think about this legacy.
^^ pic showing all three 'factory' HDRT Monaros exiting Conrod, plus that wonderful Warren Weldon Studebaker
^^ McPhillamy Park, 1968 (XT Falcon 500 V8 3-speed, look at that body roll!)
1968 was a fascinating race, the first big Holden/Ford showdown at the Mountain. Those Monaro 327s had a definite power advantage both up and down the mountain and their big 25 gallon tank offered a two-stop potential. Conversely the 302 Fords had the edge in brakes and handling, but 16 gallons meant three stops (including one for brakes) and having to be driven flat out all day to stand a chance against the grunty Holdens. Btw due to exacting preparation the winning Monaro of Bruce McPhee completed the entire 500 miles without changing pads OR tyres (see quote!) yet the above-pictured Falcon GT succumbed to a blown piston after a stone holed its radiator, while leading the race with only around 20 laps to go...
"Michelin used to give me four new [XAS] tyres for the race. I'd firstly fit them to the car and run them around on the road to make sure they were a good, sound set of tyres. Then I'd take them down to Bandag and they'd spin them up on a high speed shredder and buff the tread off down to a depth of 2mm and that was the secret to getting good lap times and minimal wear.
On that one set of buffed Michelins, we drove the Monaro from Wyong down to Sandown, did the [250 mile] race, drove it home and changed the tyres diagonally. Then we drove to Bathurst and did the whole [500 mile] race on them as well, but I must admit they were starting to get a little thin towards the end of the race because a couple of the wires were starting to show through."