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#1 cooper997

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Posted 19 December 2019 - 02:48

I've mentioned this title on TNF reasonably often through various thread topics, but just maybe it deserves a thread of its own.

 

For those that don't know, AMC is published by Chevron Publishing Group in Sydney. Formerly publishers of now defunct 'Motor Racing Australia' that essentially evolved from the final incarnation of Racing Car News. All titles that have had TNF member involvement.

 

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The first issue of AMC is dated Summer 02 and today issue #113 hit the newsagents. Currently on a cycle of a new issue every 7 weeks.

 

The mag title might be off-putting for some diehard racing fans who prefer their racing cars without a roof, however the title has evolved enough to know that Brock, Moffat, Johnson, Falcon GT and Monaro aren't the only players in Australian motor racing history. Even if that probably helps sell more copy!

 

Today's new issue comes with features relating to...

Tributes to Peter Molloy - covering his racing car engine/ preparation and Mike Raymond - speedway and touring car promotion and telecasting.

Ken Miles and his Lakeside Shelby Cobra visit

(Best known as) 1960's Holden driver, Herb Taylor

While on the back page David 'Seldo' Seldon gets a bit of coverage about racing a Holden Gemini.

plus more...

 

I have no connection to Chevron, gotta pay for my copy too. Just letting others know what's happening in the land 'down under' in what is a shrinking enthusiast motoring magazine market.

 

Stephen


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#2 stuartbrs

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Posted 19 December 2019 - 07:29

Sadly, this magazine is not what it was when it didn't have so many issues each year. The big stories were better, and the letters section in particular is now a pale shadow of its former self. Thankfully, I have plenty of back issues yet to order. 



#3 Ray Bell

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Posted 19 December 2019 - 09:16

That's an inherent problem with this type of magazine...

The big stories were in the earlier issues, now it has to dig deeper into stuff not so well-known.

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Posted 19 December 2019 - 10:40

Stephen,

The core of it has never been my thing given the taxi content but I bought it for particular cars of interest when the detailed long features of Mark Oastler were something no-one else was doing- I still have those.

I pitched my McCormack McLaren article to Luke West, the then editor, who was very kind but it wasn’t their thing at the time so I thought ‘fuggit’ and did my own thing with primo.

I must buy this issue tho Paul Newby was telling me about his Ken Miles piece a few weeks back and I am a Peter Molloy fan...

M

#5 cooper997

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Posted 19 December 2019 - 10:41

Given Steve Normoyle has recently taken over the editorial chair there's been some changes at AMC. I'll concede that as much as I hate the title 'Punter Pics' it's unearthed some great photos and would like to see it re-instated. Plus, back to a couple more pages of letters, that have often revealed some unknown or different perspectives to a story that's been run.

 

I'm all for the rest of the format of having to dig deeper to find stories that haven't been told and retold umpteen times before. Australian motor racing history and the once healthy car industry have had many players and they aren't just the ones I mentioned in the opening post. Writing stories on the 'down the grid' drivers might be a bit too niche for some, but for me there's often some interesting snippets revealed.

 

Stephen



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Posted 19 December 2019 - 11:27

Although I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed the Moffat RX7 story a couple of issues ago... WAY more than I enjoy the sound of rotaries... 



#7 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 20 December 2019 - 03:56

AMC have lost the plot to a degree, ricers are not Muscle Cars. Interesting maybe but not Muscle.

They are struggling for interesting subjects. Skylines, Sierras may be fast but again not Muscle. Only got 4 cyl

XU1, Pacer, Charger were 6 cyl Muscle.



#8 cooper997

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Posted 23 December 2019 - 06:22

Since the Australian Muscle Car title began there's been a good spread of driver profiles published. Hopefully this list captures most...

 

 

Issue

1 Muscle Man - Cameron McConville by Mark Oastler p58

 

2 Muscle Man – Craig Lowndes by Steve Nally p50 

 

4 Muscle Man – Dean Canto by M Oastler p92

 

16 Classic Quarter mile – Perfectunist – Dave Bennett by David Cook p106

 

19 Memorable Muscle Racers – Peter Janson by Luke West p77

 

20 Memorable Muscle Racers – John French by L West p101

 

21 Memorable Muscle Racers – Frank Gardner part 2 by L West p99

 

22 Memorable Muscle Racers – Frank Gardner part 2 by L West p93

 

23 Memorable Muscle Racers – Murray Carter by L West p99

 

24 Memorable Muscle Racers – Leo Geoghegan by L West  p95

 

25 Memorable Muscle Racers – Warren Weldon by L West p91

 

26 Memorable Muscle Racers – none?

 

27 Memorable Muscle Racers – Bill Brown by L West p77

 

28 Memorable Muscle Racers – Ed Mulligan by ? p101

 

29 Memorable Muscle Racers – Phil Brock by L West p99

 

30 Memorable Muscle Racers – Allan Grice part 1 by L West p55

 

31 Memorable Muscle Racers – Allan Grice part 2 by L West p107

 

32 Memorable Muscle Racers – Fred Gibson part 1 by L West p101

 

33 Memorable Muscle Racers – Fred Gibson part 2 by L West p89

 

34 Memorable Muscle Racers – Garry Rogers by L West p83

 

35 Memorable Muscle Racers – Garry Rogers part 2 by L West p99

 

36 Memorable Muscle Racers – John Harvey by L West p85

 

37 Memorable Muscle Racers – Graham Moore by L West p91

 

38 Memorable Muscle Racers – Bob Morris by L West p87

 

39 Memorable Muscle Racers – Charlie O’Brien by L West p99

 

40 Memorable Muscle Racers – Garry Willmington by L West p101

 

41 Memorable Muscle Racers – Don Holland by L West p77

 

42 Memorable Muscle Racers – John McCormack by L West p71

 

43 Memorable Muscle Racers – The Track Controller - Ivan Stibbard by L West p97

 

44 Memorable Muscle Racers – Scotty Taylor & Kevin Kennedy by L West p65

 

45 Memorable Muscle Racers – Colin Bond part 1 by L West 4444p87

 

46 Memorable Muscle Racers – Colin Bond (Sprite photo) part 2 by L West p95

 

47 Memorable Muscle Racers – Steve Masterton by L West p67

 

48 Memorable Muscle Racers – Kevin Bartlett part 1 by L West p79

 

49 Memorable Muscle Racers – Kevin Bartlett part 2 by L West p67

 

50 Memorable Muscle Racers – Terry Finnigan by L West p96

 

51 Memorable Muscle Racer – Des West  by L West p73

 

52 Memorable Muscle Racer – Peter McLeod by L West p77

 

53 Memorable Muscle Racer – Tony Warrener & Bathurst TAFE team by L West p91

 

54 Memorable Muscle Racer - Tony Edmonson by L West p77

 

55 Memorable Muscle Racer - Frank Matich part 1 by Aaron Lewis p87

 

56 Memorable Muscle Racer - Frank Matich part 2 by Aaron Lewis p89

 

57 Memorable Muscle Racer – Graham Bailey by L West  p59

 

58 Memorable Muscle Racer – Walter ‘Rusty’ French by Paul Newby p75

 

59 Muscle Man – Win Percy part 1 by John Stoneham p85

 

60 Muscle Man – Win Percy part 2 by John Stoneham p69

 

61 Muscle Man – George Elliot by James Cockington p68

 

62 Muscle Man - Jim Gullan by D Cook p88

 

63 ( Muscle Man ) Bill Pitt feature by Paul Gover p68

 

64 Muscle Man – Warren Cullen by P Newby p93

 

65 Muscle Man – Lawrie Nelson by P Newby p97

 

66 Muscle Man – John Walker by J Cockington p103

 

67 Muscle Man – Bob Skelton by P Newby p97

 

68 Muscle Man – Fred Morgan by L West (Not ‘Frank’ as in Bathurst books) p68

 

69 Muscle Men by David Nichols  – various drivers – Brian Lawler, Mal Brewster, Ray Gulson, Spencer Martin, Bruce Stewart, John Leffler (and their driver training) p106

 

70 Muscle Man – Vern Schuppan by P Newby p68

Muscle twins - The Algie Brothers by D Cook p110

 

71 Muscle Man – Jim McKeown by P Gover p80

 

72 Muscle Man – Jim Keogh by P Newby p102

 

73 Muscle Man – Clem Smith by Richard Craill p96

 

74 Muscle Tribute to Harry Firth p67

 

75 Muscle Man – John English by L West p67

 

76 Muscle Man – Phil West by P Gover p67

 

77 Muscle Man – Allan Moffat part 1 by Moffat as told to P Gover p67

 

78 Muscle Man Mr Dedication – Allan Moffat part 2 by Moffat as told to P Gover p67

 

79 Muscle Man - Allan Moffat Q & A by P Gover p67

 

80 Muscle Man – Glenn Seton by P Gover p67

 

81 Muscle Man – Barry Seton by P Gover p67

 

82 Muscle Man – Tony Longhurst by P Gover p79

 

83 Muscle Man – Brad Jones by P Gover p67

Muscle Manager – Brian Michelmore by P Newby. p104

 

84 Muscle Man – Neil Crompton by P Gover p73

 

85 Muscle Man – Garth Wigston by P Newby p67

 

86 Muscle Man - Barry Ferguson by Jon Thomson p67

 

87 Muscle Man – John Stoneham by L West p83

 

88 Muscle Man – Alan Hamilton by P Newby p67

 

89  Muscle Man – David Parsons (Tasmania) by P Newby p67

 

90 Muscle Men – Trevor Ashby & Steve Reed by L West p67

 

91 Muscle Man – Bob Holden by P Newby p61

 

92 Muscle Man – Brian ‘Yogi’ Muir by P Newby p63

 

93 Muscle Man – Bob Jane by P Gover p67

 

94 Muscle Man – Gary Scott (Glyn’s son) by D Hassall p61

 

95 Muscle Man – Bob Forbes by S Normoyle part 1 p71

 

96 Muscle Man – Bob Forbes by S Normoyle part 2 p61

 

97 Muscle Man – George Smith race car fabricator by D Hassall p59

 

98 Muscle Man – Bill O’Brien by P Newby.p61

 

99 Muscle Man – John Goss by L West p61

 

100 Muscle Man – Norm Beechey by J Smailes.p61

 

101 Muscle Man – Bruce Stewart by P Newby p61

 

102 Muscle Man – Basil Van Rooyen by S Normoyle p69

 

103 Muscle Man – George Fury by D Hassall p61

 

104 Muscle Man – Spencer Martin by P Newby p67

 

105 Muscle Man – John Sheppard by D Hassall p67

 

106 Muscle Man – Brian Sampson by D Hassall  p61

 

107 Muscle Man – Jeff Grech by D Hassall p61

 

108 Muscle Man – Ron Gillard part 1 by S Normoyle p61

 

109 Muscle Man – Ron Gillard part 2 p69

 

110 Muscle Man – Geoff Brabham by D Hassall p71

 

111 Muscle Woman – Sue Ransom by S Normoyle p75

 

112 Muscle Man – Graham Ryan by S Normoyle p61

 

113 Muscle Man – Herb Taylor (and briefly Gloria Taylor) by Andrew Moore p61

 

114 Muscle Man - David 'Seldo' Seldon by P Newby p61

 

....

 

Stephen


Edited by cooper997, 15 February 2020 - 10:09.


#9 Paul Newby

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Posted 24 December 2019 - 00:06

Chevron have a couple of "oneshot" publications planned for 2020 on the "Muscle Racers" as promoted in the latest edition.

 

A couple of corrections. 57 Graham Bailey was written by L West and 91 Bob Holden was actually written by yours truly. The James McCoy Lancaster credit was a production error. You can see that the "current" Bob Holden had my name credited as the photographer. The editor owed me a couple of beers after that gaff...

 

Also the next "cab off the rank" is Seldo. I spent a couple of enjoyable hours with David back in October. I just have to write it up over the Christmas break.



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Posted 24 December 2019 - 06:45

Paul, I wondered about the Bob Holden credit, given I was aware prior to publication you were interviewing him as part of the Cooper S issue. List now fixed.

 

The oneshot publication you refer 'AMC Muscle Racers Volume 1' came out in November. It has features on Colin Bond, Fred Gibson, Bob Morris, Peter Janson, Bob Skelton, Steve Masterton & Bill Brown.

 

Stephen



#11 Ray Bell

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Posted 24 December 2019 - 07:34

I do hope someone with some investigative common sense does the Bill Brown story...

He will always be underrated if not.

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Posted 24 December 2019 - 09:55

Paul, I wondered about the Bob Holden credit, given I was aware prior to publication you were interviewing him as part of the Cooper S issue. List now fixed.
 
The oneshot publication you refer 'AMC Muscle Racers Volume 1' came out in November. It has features on Colin Bond, Fred Gibson, Bob Morris, Peter Janson, Bob Skelton, Steve Masterton & Bill Brown.
Stephen

I will have to hit up Editor Steve for a copy of “Volume 1” and get myself put back onto the AMC “Free List.” I had to buy my own copy of the magazine for the first time in over 8 years...

 

I do hope someone with some investigative common sense does the Bill Brown story...He will always be underrated if not.

Bill Brown was done back in Issue 27. The focus of the profile will be alway touring car centric but does cover all aspects of a driver’s career.

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Posted 24 December 2019 - 13:02

Yeah, he was underrated in the tintops too...

What do people remember about Bill Brown? Crashes at Bathurst. Crashes which were not altogether his fault.

But do they remember that he set fastest laps there? That he was sent out in two other cars to get them further up the grid when their imported star drivers couldn't?

Of course not.

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Posted 25 December 2019 - 01:15

I will have to hit up Editor Steve for a copy of “Volume 1” and get myself put back onto the AMC “Free List.” I had to buy my own copy of the magazine for the first time in over 8 years...

 

Wonder if that's what happened to my copy? Hell, I'm in the brag box, surely I should get a free copy.

Bastards!

 

 

BM



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Posted 28 December 2019 - 04:36

Wonder if that's what happened to my copy? Hell, I'm in the brag box, surely I should get a free copy.
Bastards!

BM


So my copy finally arrived in my letterbox yesterday, over a week after it hit the newsstands. Sure there were the Christmas holidays in between but the subscriber copies should arrive before the newsstands. Not good enough Australia Post...! :(

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Posted 28 December 2019 - 08:54

So my copy finally arrived in my letterbox yesterday, over a week after it hit the newsstands. Sure there were the Christmas holidays in between but the subscriber copies should arrive before the newsstands. Not good enough Australia Post...! :(

Mine too.

 

 

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 21:44

I find it strange that I can't seem to see Ian "Pete" Geoghegan's name on the list in post #8

 

He was FIVE times Australian Touring Car Champ and one of Australia's greatest ever drivers.

 

Must be a strange selection criteria that excludes him?



#18 Ray Bell

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 22:47

It's all right, Terry...

 

It's got Ed Mulligan, Rusty French, Fred Morgan and Graham Moore.



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Posted 16 January 2020 - 03:58

So my copy finally arrived in my letterbox yesterday, over a week after it hit the newsstands. Sure there were the Christmas holidays in between but the subscriber copies should arrive before the newsstands. Not good enough Australia Post...! :(

I had a subscription, it was always a week after it hit the newstands. So I simply buy it there,



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Posted 19 January 2020 - 09:07

I find it strange that I can't seem to see Ian "Pete" Geoghegan's name on the list in post #8

He was FIVE times Australian Touring Car Champ and one of Australia's greatest ever drivers.

Must be a strange selection criteria that excludes him?


The Muscle Man feature has always, with one exception, been profiles on drivers who were alive at the time for interview. The first Muscle Man feature was published in 2005 whereas Geoghegan died in 2003.

Anyway, his past misdemeanours, would make it difficult for anyone to publish a profile on him in this increasingly PC world. So it is unlikely to happen. In any case a lot of his racing history has been covered via profiles on the famous muscle cars that he raced.

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Posted 14 February 2020 - 02:10


Anyway, his past misdemeanours, would make it difficult for anyone to publish a profile on him in this increasingly PC world. 
 

were they really “misdemeanours”?

 

i understand Leo had similar issues to Ian yet Leo got an article based on his racing success only.

 

why not the same for Ian?



#22 Ray Bell

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Posted 14 February 2020 - 10:17

Misdemeanors enough to put him in gaol...

 

Sure, he hit the bottle and so did Leo, but that was nothing to do with it.



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Posted 15 February 2020 - 10:05

The new issue of AMC (#114) came out in Aussie newsagents on Thursday. Bolwell enthusiasts (wirra) rejoice,  as there's a large feature on old and new Nagari. Wth both featuring on the prime cover spot.

 

TNF gets a mention in Paul Newby's column on how persistence secured an interview with recently departed, Horst Kwech and Paul also wrote this issue's Muscle Man feature on TNF member 'Seldo' aka David Seldon.

 

Plus plenty more to read and view, including a mainly pictorial piece on the 1974 Surfers Paradise Australian Touring Car Championship round with some great photos. 

 

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Posted 15 February 2020 - 20:47

1974 Surfers?

 

Wasn't that the thermostat race?



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Posted 16 February 2020 - 01:22

1974 Surfers?

 

Wasn't that the thermostat race?

1975, it seems.

From here:

https://en.wikipedia...iki/Allan_Grice

 

"In 1975, Allan Grice put up his strongest challenge for the Australian Touring Car Championship. Grice would have won the championship had he not been disqualified from rounds five, seven and eight. In round five, at Surfers Paradise, Grice won the race but was disqualified following a protest lodged by Holden Dealer Team manager Harry Firth. Firth correctly contended that the thermostat from the Holden V8 engine in Grice's Craven Mild Torana L34 was in fact in the car's glovebox and not where it should have been. This led to speculation that Firth had managed to convince one of Grice's mechanics to put the item in the glovebox in a bid to sabotage his season[citation needed], which at that point saw Grice leading the points table. Firth's lead driver Colin Bond went on to win the 1975 ATCC. Grice continued the season after appealing the disqualification, but once the appeal was upheld he lost all points from the remaining rounds."

 

 

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Posted 18 February 2020 - 06:13

So how do you know in advance what will be in AMC?

 

one can only assume you are a publicist  for the, so do you have any credibility



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Posted 18 February 2020 - 09:45

So how do you know in advance what will be in AMC?

 

one can only assume you are a publicist  for the, so do you have any credibility

It's already on sale.

 

 

BRM