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Friday, 14 December 2018 12:59

Blue Oval legend: Commemorating the Falcon

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The Falcon name has gone from Australian new-car showrooms and when the chequered flag came down on the Coates Hire Newcastle 500 it raced its last lap in top-line Australian touring-car racing. It won’t soon be forgotten, though, as we commemorate the Blue Oval legend in SupercarXtra Magazine issue #108.

CLICK HERE for more information on issue #108.

It’s been 58 years since the first left an Australian touring-car grid. In that time 14 of Ford’s 20 Bathurst wins and 17 of its 25 Australian Touring Car Championship (ATCC) titles have been grasped, grabbed, stolen or simply run away with in racers wearing the badge.

Next year’s Mustang Supercar might have history on its side and an undoubtedly bright racing future, but it also has big shoes to fill.

In issue #108, through seven generations, we revisit the highlights of an Australian touring-car legend, from the two XK Falcons that started the inaugural Armstrong 500 at Phillip Island in 1960, which included Bob Jane and Lou Molina’s XK that finished third in class despite a rollover, to the FG X Falcon that Scott McLaughlin drove to the championship win in 2018.

It’s impossible to name one Falcon as the most loved above the rest. The XC GS500 delivered Ford its most famous moment with the one-two formation finish at Bathurst in 1977.

For a fairytale moment, it’s the XD and Dick Johnson’s recovery from ‘The Rock’ incident in 1980 to winning the championship-Bathurst double in 1981.

The XY GTHO Phase III is probably the most sought-after Falcon, while the XR will go down in history as the first V8-powered winner at Mount Panorama.

The BA ended Holden’s rule with a dominant three-year period, while the FG X marked the end of the Falcon era. All could be considered iconic Falcons.

CLICK HERE to purchase issue #108 within Australia.

CLICK HERE to purchase issue #108 within New Zealand.

CLICK HERE to purchase issue #108 for the rest of the world.

CLICK HERE to find where to purchase issue #108 at your nearest store.

 

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Event Date
Superloop Adelaide 500 February 20-23
Melbourne 400 March 12-15
BP Ultimate Sydney SuperSprint June 27-28
Truck Assist Sydney SuperSprint July 18-19
BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown August 15-16
CoreStaff Darwin SuperSprint August 22-23
NTI Townsville SuperSprint August 29-30
Townsville SuperSprint September 5-6
The Bend Motorsport Park September 19-20
The Bend Motorsport Park September 26-27
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 October 15-18
   
   

 

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1. Scott McLaughlin
2062  
2. Jamie Whincup
1847 -215
3. Cameron Waters
1577 -485
4. Shane van Gisbergen
1555 -507
5. Chaz Mostert
1524 -538
6. Fabian Coulthard 
1444 -618
7. Nick Percat
1425 -637
8. David Reynolds
1298 -764
9. Lee Holdsworth
1261 -801
10. Scott Pye
1258 -804

Full championship standings