ALLAN Moffat is one of the true greats of Australian motor racing, and indeed Australian sport.
The Canadian-born Moffat was the nation’s first true professional driver. His determination and dedication are key to his legend.
But so too are the cars he drove. Headlined by a succession of fast Fords in the 1970s, this celebration of Moffat cars includes four other marques too…
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Ford Falcon XY GT-HO Phase III
Moffat made his Bathurst debut in an XW GT-HO in 1969 and scored his first Great Race win a year later aboard a Phase II version of that model.
But it’s the XY GT-HO Phase III that we’ve chosen here. He won the 1971 Hardie-Ferodo 500 aboard this Series Production version and scored the 1973 ATCC crown with its Group C successor.
Ford Mustang Boss 302
It may not have won an ATCC title, but many rank this Coca-Cola backed Mustang as the most iconic Moffat car of all.
One of only seven examples built by Kar Kraft in the USA, it famously won 101 of its 151 race starts, including seven ATCC races between 1970 and ’72.
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Ford Falcon XA
This was the first in a line of iconic Falcon hardtops and the last to tackle the Great Race under the official Ford Motor Company factory banner.
It was driven to victory by Allan Moffat and Ian Geoghegan in the 1973 Hardie-Ferodo 1000, avenging Moffat and Ford’s defeat to Peter Brock and Holden from the previous year.
Ford Capri RS3100
Just as he’d done with the Boss 302 Mustang, Moffat used his international connections to secure this special ex-European Touring Car Championship ‘Cologne’ V6 Capri.
Moffat raced the car in Sports Sedan competition throughout 1975. He also drove it in two rounds of the inaugural Australian Sports Sedan Championship in 1976, playing a role in his eventual title victory.
Ford Falcon XC GS500
A one-two form finish with Moffat Ford Dealers teammate Colin Bond in 1977 made this Falcon the most famous of Moffat’s four Bathurst winners.
The XC model was introduced midway through that year and also clinched Moffat his second straight ATCC crown amid a dominant period for the Blue Oval.
Built by DeKon Engineering in Detroit, Moffat drove both this car and the Capri on his way to victory in the 1976 Australian Sports Sedan Championship.
It then sat idle for the next two seasons due to Moffat’s new touring car deal with Ford, and then completed a handful more races in Moffat’s hands during 1979 and ’80 before being sold off.
Porsche 934 Turbo
Although not the brand most closely associated with Moffat’s career, he drove various examples of Germany’s finest both in Australia and overseas, including at Le Mans.
Moffat drove this Alan Hamilton-owned Porsche to win the 1980 Australian Sports Car Championship, taking victory in three of the five races along the way.
Peter Stuyvesant Mazda RX-7
Yet another car that caused a considerable stir in its day, Moffat’s factory-backed Mazda RX7 program netted him a fourth and final ATCC title in ’83.
The debate of its merits as a touring car were as loud as its controversial rotary engine. Although able to hold its own in the sprint races around the country, it could not live with its V8 rivals at Bathurst.
Rothmans Holden Commodore VL
Built by the Holden Dealer Team for Peter Brock to drive in 1987, this car was sold to a third-party acting for Moffat when the HDT hit financial trouble amid its split with Holden.
Moffat and John Harvey quit their HDT roles and combined in this car to win the inaugural World Touring Car Championship race at Monza. It also finished fourth in the Spa 24 Hours.
ANZ Ford Sierra RS500
After the end of Group C killed his Mazda program, Moffat returned in 1987 with the first in a series of Rudi Eggenberger-built Ford Sierras that a year later almost netted him a fifth Bathurst 1000 win.
In his final Great Race, the car he co-drove was in control until it overheated during a long Safety Car period. Moffat’s Sierra highlight was victory in his last race, the 1989 Fuji 500, held two days after his 50th birthday.