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Monday, 23 May 2016 00:00

Top 10 Falcons: The Blue Oval’s finest

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Amongst the long list of racing Ford Falcons and Holden Commodores, there are certain models that stand out from the crowd for their success on track and popularity off it.

V8X Supercar Magazine issue #92, a special Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore edition, ranks the top 10 most influential and successful Falcons and Commodores, from on and off the track.

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.

The feature ranks the finest Falcons by looking at their history on the road, on the race track, their opposition in touring cars and their legacies.

Amongst the models featured is the XR Falcon GT. The Harry Firth-led Ford works team took the XR GT to Mount Panorama in 1967, having sat out the previous year. Three of the factory XR GTs entered with Firth pairing with last-minute recruit Fred Gibson; the first Australian-built V8s to enter the endurance classic.

The win paved the way for the Holden and Ford V8 battles that would follow, particularly at Bathurst where so many of the great Falcons enjoyed success.

This includes Allan Moffat's famed XY Falcon GTHO Phase III, which took victory in the Great Race in 1971. Arguably, it's only matched in terms of impact and legacy with the XC Falcon that Moffat led to Ford's one-two formation finish in 1977.

Dick Johnson flew the Blue Oval flag post-Moffat, particularly with his Tru-Blu XD Falcon in which he became a household name with the championship and Bathurst-winning recovery from 'the Rock'.

Into the V8 era, the Falcon notched up further championship and Bathurst victories, adding to the legacy of the Blue Oval's iconic Australian sedan.

Grab a copy of V8X Supercar Magazine issue #92 to read the full feature and see the order in which we rank the top 10 Falcons.

CLICK HERE to purchase the print edition of V8X Supercar Magazine issue #92.