THE MOFFAT MUSTANG’S OTHER PILOT

Allan Moffat aboard the #91 Coca-Cola Ford Mustang at the 1971 Calder ATCC round. Pic: an1images.com / Ian Smith

ALLAN Moffat is synonymous with his iconic Ford Mustang Trans-Am, the machine that famously claimed 101 race wins from 151 race starts across its career, all of which with its owner aboard.

However, one of those 151 starts came after another driver qualified the car – none other than Kevin Bartlett!

The latest issue of Australian Muscle Car Magazine talks to Bartlett to find out how he came to get behind the wheel of the Coca-Cola red Mustang in practice for Calder’s round of the 1971 Australian Touring Car Championship round.

AMC Issue 119 is headlined by a retrospective on the 1990 Bathurst 1000, marking the 30th anniversary of Holden’s against-the-odds triumph in the face of turbocharged opposition.

Then-Holden Racing Team chassis engineer Wally Storey takes you inside the team’s path to the victory, including the technical aspects that brought the outmatched Commodore into the fight – and the two that nearly brought them undone – plus interviews with Campbell Little and Fred Gibson on why the fastest turbo teams in qualifying (Benson & Hedges Racing) and the race (Nissan Motorsport) failed to make it to the chequered flag first.

Also featured is a look back at the 1970 Ampol Trial – the last time the Holden Dealer Team fielded Monaros against the works Ford Falcons – the Muscle Man profile focuses on guru mechanic and racer Bob Stevens, while the imminent return of V8-powered open wheelers to Mount Panorama sees AMC look at the last time big-bore racing cars tackled the circuit in 1970, when Niel Allan set an outright lap record that was never beaten prior to the introduction of the Chase almost two decades later.

Click HERE to buy Australian Muscle Car Magazine issue #119.