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Wednesday, 04 May 2016 00:00

Ford Falcon: Where it all began...

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The Falcon may have won the last Armstrong 500 held at Phillip Island in 1962, but it wasn't until the V8-powered Falcon XR GT conquered Mount Panorama that the Falcon entered Australian motorsport folklore.

V8X Supercar Magazine issue #92 reflects on the Falcon and Holden Commodore legacy, from their origins, on and off track battles, the greatest models and drivers and a look ahead to what will be the final generation to be part of this rivalry.

V8X Supercar Magazine issue #92 is on sale now in stores with the digital edition available in the official V8X app (in the App Store and Google Play), online at DigitalEdition.V8XMagazine.com.au and in the Magzter app store.

CLICK HERE for more information on V8X Supercar Magazine issue #92.

Falcon was already a name with winning credentials in the Great Race when the new XR GT model fronted up to 1967's Gallaher 500 at Bathurst.

Harry Firth and Bob Jane, after all, had won the Armstrong 500, the precursor to the Bathurst event, in an XL Falcon in 1962. But that was an age ago... a deed done with a different Falcon, a full generation older, with six-cylinder engine, not a V8, on a different track.

Touring cars had moved on and small, quick four-cylinders were the winning ticket. Ford's Cortina GTs and GT500s had cleaned up the first three 500s at Bathurst (1963, 1964 and 1965), then the Mini Cooper S in 1966.

And a big V8 was a leap of faith. Sure, there was this new V8 Falcon – then the fastest, most exciting car ever foisted on buyers by an Australian carmaker – but also the memory of big barges like the Studebaker Lark.

They'd torn smaller cars to pieces up Mountain Straight with their bountiful torque, even led the race, but always self-destructed with tyre, brake and fuel-economy issues before the finishing flag was ever near being unfurled.

By the end of that weekend, however, a new era had dawned and the Falcon badge would soon be an Australian institution for racers, petrolheads and everyday car buyers alike.

CLICK HERE to purchase the print edition of V8X Supercar Magazine issue #92 to read the full feature on the origins of the Falcon and so much more.

CLICK HERE for the Falcon's Bathurst and championship winners.

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Event Date
Adelaide 500 1-4 March
2018 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix 22-25 March
Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint 6-8 April
WD-40 Phillip Island 500 20-22 April
Perth SuperSprint 4-6 May
Winton SuperSprint 18-20 May
CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown 15-17 June
Watpac Townsville 400 6-8 July
Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint 20-22 July
Red Rooster Sydney SuperSprint 4 August
The Bend SuperSprint 24-26 August
Sandown 500 14-16 September
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 4-7 October
Vodafone Gold Coast 600 19-21 October
ITM Auckland SuperSprint 2-4 November
Coates Hire Newcastle 500 23-25 November

 

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Pos

 Driver

 Points

 1

 Scott McLaughlin

947

 2

 David Reynolds

887

 3

 Shane van Gisbergen 

849

 4

 Craig Lowndes

813

 5

 Jamie Whincup 

805

 6

 Scott Pye

745

 7

 Chaz Mostert

695

 8

 James Courtney

678

 9

 Fabian Coulthard

662

 10

 Tim Slade

626

 Full points table