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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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Clipsal 500 Adelaide

2-5 March

Tyrepower Tasmania Super Sprint 

7-9 April

WD-40 Phillip Island 500  21-23 April 

Perth Super Sprint  

5-7 May 

Winton Super Sprint 

19-21 May 

CrownBet Triple Crown Darwin

16-18 June

Watpac Townsville 400

7-9 July

Coates Hire Ipswich Super Sprint

28-30 July

Red Rooster Sydney Super Sprint

18-20 August

Wilson Security Sandown 500

15-17 September

Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000

5-8 October

Vodafone Gold Coast 600

20-22 October

ITM Auckland Super Sprint

3-5 November

Coates Hire Newcastle 500

24-26 November

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Pos

 Driver

 Points

 1

 Jamie Whincup

2850

 2

 Scott McLaughlin

2820

 3

 Fabian Coulthard

2674

 4

 Chaz Mostert

2586

 5

 Shane van Gisbergen

2574

 6

 Craig Lowndes

2160

 7

 Cameron Waters

2071

 8

 Mark Winterbottom

2058

 9

 Garth Tander

2028

 10

David Reynolds 

1956

 Full points table