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
2009 Toyota Lexus LFA
Lexus began taking orders for the LFA supercar on October 23, 2009. Buyers
will be selectively chosen by Lexus in the second quarter of 2010.
Production will begin in December 2010 as a 2011 model. Only 500 total LFA
models will be made worldwide, with only 20 produced each month. Each car
will be custom ordered to the customer's specifications, and will cost an
estimated US$375,000, depending on options and customization.
Production LFAs, lined up in Yokohama
Following the LFA's release at the Tokyo Motor Show, Lexus unveiled a
website with a 'LFA configurator' which allowed users to select exterior
and interior colors, brake caliper colors, seats, steering wheel leather,
and other interior designs. In total, there are over 30 billion possible
configurations. Each LFA will be hand-built by a dedicated production team
of engineers and specialists at Toyota's Motomatchi plant in Aichi, Japan.
In the North American market 150 LFAs will be initially sold through a two
year lease program much like the Ferrari F50. This is to prevent owners
from reselling the vehicle for a profit. Racing driver Scott Pruett was
hired to give test drives to interested buyers, demonstrating the vehicle's
capabilities at Auto Club Speedway. The Lexus division of Toyota Motor USA
will stop taking orders at the end of 2009, in which they will talk about a
purchase plan for the lessees. Lexus later changed their stance and allowed
outright purchase, but only on the condition that they sign an agreement
giving the dealer first right of refusal to buy back the LFA if the owner
wants to sell it within the first two years. The dealer will have the
option to buy back the used LFA for either fair market value or the
original sticker price, whichever is lower. In the European market buyers
order their LFA through a single Lexus dealer located in Park Lane, London
where it is purchased outright.
During LFA production, each vehicle will receive a plaque which is
individually numbered, indicating the unit's place in the production run.
Each LFA V10 engine will also bear the signature of the specialist who
With 20 units produced monthly, production of the entire LFA run will last
for 25 months, from December 2010 to December 2012.
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.
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 XA GT Coupe Cobweb Blowout To Waroona
All Australian Car Show at The Waroona Local Show Grounds. 13th April 2014.
How We Got There.............................The Term "Barreling Down The
Highway" is realized to good effect. 1972 was not a quiet sedate
manufacture of GT vehicles. All about the noise and smells and no
insulation of the firewall. How things were, not how they are now.
R.I.P. Ford Australia 2016.............
Music Snippets From:
Australian Ford Falcon Club XA XB XC XW XY, Mad Max, Fury Road, XC Cobra
A tribute to classic Aussie Falcons from owners all over the world. This
online club is over ten years old now thanks to the efforts of a few
diehard enthusiasts. Thanks to all who shared the pictures of their cars on
the club website to make this video. If any club members object to this
video, it will be taken down.
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.
EMU Autoworks Custom 1972 XA Falcon - 351 Cleveland
EMU Autoworks Custom 1972 XA Falcon with 351 Cleveland. Pacemaker
extractors into Polished 316 stainless dual 3 inch, then a light merge,
into twin Magnaflow high flow mufflers and exiting through twin 2/12 inch
tail sections. Reduction in the size of rear section allows for the cooling
gasses to retain air speed, thus maintaining engine torque.