We can't wait to see this beast back in its original war paint! Photo: James Masterton.

THE former Masterton Homes Ford Falcon XE Group C race car is back in the family, literally.

Former driver Steve Masterton and son James have re-acquired the big V8 Falcon that the former raced in the early 1980s in Australian Group C touring car racing.

The #2 Masterton Homes Falcon competed through to the end of the Group C era, having been produced as the second XE Falcon campaigned by the team.

Steve Masterton at the helm of the big XE at Calder in 1984 at the Australian Grand Prix meeting. Photo: / Dale Rodgers

Masterton drove it to win the 1984 AMSCAR Series held at Amaroo Park, the series recently celebrated on an episode of the V8 Sleuth Podcast.

In fact, it competed in the very last Group C races held, in late 1984, at Baskerville in Tasmania.

Now the car is coming back to life – and it won’t take a massive amount of work to achieve the task.

The Masterton Ford is one of very few Group C XE Falcons that were built and raced in the period. Photo: James Masterton.

“At the end of 1984, Dad sold the car to John Skola who was the fabricator on Dad’s team,” James Masterton told V8 Sleuth.

“It has sat under John’s house for 37 years untouched, except for John rubbing the logos off the car with thinners.

“Nothing needs to be painted or anything, I’m going to strip the interior, clean it all out, bud the original paintwork and have the sign writing redone with paint by hand, no vinyl!

“John is rebuilding the engine and all the components.”

Masterton Jnr will make his return to the Dunlop Super3 Series in its next round at Sydney Motorsport Park in late November and also intends to compete in the final round at the Repco Bathurst 1000.

He last raced his Paul Morris Motorsports-built Commodore in Super3 at Bathurst last October.

With over 20 years in the Australian motorsport industry, Noonan is the head of V8 Sleuth. He’s held a range of roles including working in television with Seven and Ten, print media and public relations. With a specialty in Australian motorsport history, he’s known around racing paddocks as ’the Sleuth’ and started his motorsport media career in 1997.