1972 Ford Falcon XA-GT-HO
Phase 4 "170MPH Factory Prototype Race Car"
Falcon GT HO Phase 4 Factory Prototype Bathurst Race Car. Hand built seam welded and blueprinted producing almost 400HP. This unmolested intact factory race car with under 5,000 miles is one of only three manufactured by Ford Special Vehicles for Allan Moffat & Fred Gibson.
1964 Plymouth Barracuda Formula S
Motor: Chrysler 273 V8, Roller Cam, Arias Pistions, 4 x 48mm Weber carbs on
custom manifold, Crower conrods, steel crankshaft, custom extractors.
Gearbox: Chrysler 4 speed new process, with Hurst shifter.
Diff: Chrysler limited slip.
Suspension: Lowered with heavy duty shocks & sway bars. Torsion bar front,
leaf spring rear.
Wheels: Performance, Superlite 6" x 15" with Yokohama Tyres
Class NB Lap Record Wakefield Park Clocked at 164MPH down conrod straight
McLeod Ford Falcon XA GT 351
Goss debuted at the Bathurst 500 in 1969 driving a McLeod Ford (with its
distinctive yellow/black chequer windscreen strip) sponsored Ford Falcon
GTHO, but Goss's co-driver Dennis Cribbin crashed the Falcon at Forrest
Elbow. In 1970 John Goss posted the fastest lap during the Bathurst 500 in
his XW Falcon GTHO Phase II. The following year Goss won two rounds of the
Toby Lee Series at Oran Park against such opposition as Colin Bond and Fred
Goss won the 1972 South Pacific Touring Car Series and the 1972 Sandown 250
endurance race, both in Series Production Ford XY Falcon GTHO Phase III's.
He also put his Falcon on the front row of the grid at the 1972
Hardie-Ferodo 500, qualifying second fastest behind the Works GTHO of
expat-Canadian Allan Moffat. Engine failure after splashing around for 24
wet laps ended Goss' race.
With the Series Production class being replaced by the new Group C Touring
Car class in 1973, Goss was the first driver to develop and race the new
Ford Falcon XA GT Hardtop. Unlike Series Production, the new Group C rules
allowed considerable modifications. Goss obtained sponsorship from Shell
and Max McLeod, a prominent Ford dealer in Rockdale, New South Wales --
known for his "Horn cars" -- as well as obtaining factory assistance from
Ford Australia, who provided Goss with purpose-built XA racing chassis.
Goss was actually the first to race the XA Hardtop in the 1973 ATCC, even
before the Works team who used a modified Phase III GTHO and didn't make
the switch to the Hardtop until the Endurance races later in the year. Goss
and Kevin Bartlett teamed up for the 1973 Hardie-Ferodo 1000 at Bathurst
and qualified on pole position with a time of 2:33.4 (it was to be Goss'
only pole at Bathurst) ahead of the GTR-XU1 Holden Torana of Peter Brock
and Doug Chivas. Goss started and built up a good lead which was kept until
he was involved in a crash at The Cutting which damaged his front end. The
Falcon suffered radiator damage which later caused its retirement on lap
110 of the now 163 lap race (prior to 1973 race distance was 500 miles and
ran only 130 laps.
The pair returned to Bathurst for the 1974 Hardie-Ferodo 1000 in the same
car -- repainted from yellow to blue after losing Shell as their major
sponsor -- and proved to have the reliability needed to last through a race
marred by driving rain, finishing first. To celebrate the victory, Ford
Australia released a limited edition XB Falcon Hardtop in 1975 called the
John Goss Special. Actual production numbers of these cars were never
released by Ford, but estimates range anywhere between 260 and 800 -- they
are now considered collectible.
Holden HQ GTS Monaro Bathurst 1973 Car
Holden HQ Monaro GTS
A completely new generation body design emerged with the HQ series in July
1971, including the new Monaro 'LS' (commonly believed to mean "Luxury
Sports") model. There were no longer any six-cylinder versions of the
Monaro GTS, just 253 or optional 308 V8s or the top level GTS350 coupe. The
base model Monaro standard engine was enlarged to 173 cu in (2,830 cc)
whilst the Monaro LS had a broad spectrum of engine options from a 202 cu
in (3,310 cc) six to the 350 cu in (5,700 cc) V8. The new coupe design had
a much larger rear window and a squarer rear quarter window; it was somehow
seen as not as sporty looking compared to the earlier HK-HT-HG series, but
is often now considered one of the best looking body designs to come from
an Australian producer.
Up until 1973, the HQ Monaro GTS did not wear any body stripe ornamentation
and the 350 cubic inch (5.74 L) Chevrolet Small-Block V8 engine was a
little less potent than in previous HT/HG versions, especially with the
optional turbo-hydramatic 3-speed
automatic transmission. This, and the fact that the same 350 engine was
also available as on option in the
1971--1974 Holden HQ Monaro GTS sedan in South Australia.
large Statesman luxury sedan, probably contributed to a downgrade of the
Monaro GTS range in muscular image terms, as did the replacement of the
bigger coupes with the six-cylinder Holden Torana GTR XU-1 as the chosen GM
car for Australian touring car racing. The introduction of bonnet and
bootlid paint-outs in 1973 coincided with the release of the HQ Monaro GTS
in four door sedan configuration. It is generally considered that Holden
created the bold contrasting paint-outs in order that the new Monaro GTS
sedan would not be mistaken for the humble Kingswood sedan upon which it
The continued erosion of the GTS350 cache was compounded by the deletion of
specific '350' decals on the post-1973 cars, with all Monaro GTS coupes and
sedans now being externally labelled with the generic HQ series 'V8'
bootlid badge. In the final year of HQ production, i.e. 1974, the manual
transmission version of the GTS350 was discontinued and sales of the
automatic version were minimal prior to the engine option being quietly and
A factory 350 HQ GTS Monaro is very valuable today, with a 350 sedan
fetching as much as $50,000, and close to $100,000 for a 350 GTS Coupe.
Allan Moffat's 1970 Super Ford Falcon XW GTHO
Moffat first entered the Australian Touring Car Championship (ATCC) in
1965, driving a Lotus Cortina. By 1969 he had become a regular competitor
and his bright red Coca-Cola-sponsored Ford Boss 302 Mustang, which was supplied brand-new
to Moffat from Ford's American 'in-house' race car fabrication and
engineering facility "Kar Kraft", was unmistakable at circuits around
Australia. With the help of Tom Hamilton, he would go on to win 101 touring
car races (from 151 starts) in this car between 1969 and 1972, yet his
dream of winning the ATCC in the Mustang eluded him.
Moffat in the works Ford Falcon GTHO Phase III at Surfers Paradise
International Raceway, February 1972
Although Moffat and a number of other drivers raced Mustangs for ATCC competition - the
five ATCC titles from 1965 to 1969 were all won by Mustang drivers - this car, modified
to CAMS Improved Production Touring Car regulations was ineligible for the
Bathurst 500 (later Bathurst 1000), which was restricted to standard
production cars prior to 1973. Moffat therefore made his debut in that race
in 1969 in a Ford works team entered Ford Falcon XW GTHO. He and co-driver
Alan Hamilton finished fourth.
The following two years would see Moffat come into his own as one of
Australia's most dominant race drivers, and the Falcon GTHO as an almost
unbeatable car. For 1970, Ford Australia had made significant improvements
to the Falcon XW GTHO Phase II over the previous year's model and Moffat,
racing without a co-driver, took the car to two crushing victories in both
the 1970 and 1971 Bathurst races. In 1971 he became the first driver to
lead the Bathurst 500 from start to finish while driving the famed Ford
Falcon GTHO Phase III
Ford Falcon GTHO Phase 4 test drive
The Falcon GTHO Phase 4 is one of the rarest muscle cars ever built by
Ford. Only 4 were ever made and 3 are beleived to still exist. 3 were
purpose built for production car racing and only one made it through the
production line before the program was cancelled due to the "muscle car
scare" in Australia.
It is to Australia, what the Mustang Boss 429 is to the USA - The
ultimate muscle car.
NZV8TV Ep11 - Ford Falcon GTHO, Nurburgring, drag racing, muscle car racing - part 1
More at http://www.v8.co.nz. Feature Car: Nick Kale's genuine GTHO Phase II
Ford Falcon. This is the real deal with a prestigious racing history, now
restored to perfection.
Andy's back from the 24-hour around Nürburgring, so look out for a full
report from him.
Young Achievers: Speaking of successful racing, we catch up with Anthony
Marsh, as seen in the current issue of NZV8 Magazine, Anthony has been
having huge success at the dragstrip in the Metalman Dragster.
Muscle Car Racing: We caught up with Shane Moore and his ex Super
GT-winning Commodore at Taupo recently, and were amazed with the vehicle.
Shane tells us all about it on this week's show.
2600hp Ford Falcon??? The DIRTY BIRD
One badass bird! This 1968 Ford Falcon running on 275 Drag Radials lays
down around 2600hp through its 449ci Small Block Ford with a pair of 88mm
turbos, watch it tear down the track at
the North Star Dragaway x275 race.
Ford Falcon GT HO Phase 4 
Excerpt from History Of The Ford Falcon (posted on my 'grubcomedia' channel
in full), this segment shows a real life Ford Falcon GT HO Phase 4, one of
only 4 surviving examples (at least back in 1998).
Dick Johnson drives Tru Blu after 25 years in hibernation.
Gasolene TV visited the big Longford Revival meeting and did this great
segment on Dick Johnson in his famous Tru Blu Bathurst winning Falcon.
Which was only recently refurbished by Bowden's Own after being in
hibernation for over 25 years. You can find the full clip from this
Longford event on the Gasolene TV YouTube account.