60 something going on 35 years old and have
lived in Tasmania all my life. In 1960ís had
Miniís, Mini Coopers and Cooper Sís and survived
but only just. In mid 60ís had several Holdens,
a Valiant and mucked about with preparation
of racing FX Holdens and driving Go Karts.
Then a new HK GTS Monaro was purchased when
they came out in 1968. Looked at GT Falcons
but they were too expensive. The Monaro was
$3354 on the road and a GT was $4000+. Doesnít
look much difference but it was then. In 1970
I got a 6 Cyl XW Fairmont and that started
the Blue Oval stuff. I went to Bathurst that
year to see Moffat win in the Phase 2. For
the next decade or so family became priority
one with cars a distant second.
about 1994 I sought out and purchased a local
(Tas) XW GTHO Ph1 (Windsor) and used it weekends
and fine RDOís to do a few Tassie Targa stages
and keep the reflexes sharp. One thing led
to another and by about 2001 a new shed had
been built which housed 5 GTís and a few motor
bikes. It also gave me a lot less lawn to
mow and more time to drive. Now included in
the GTís were an XR, another Windsor HO ,
an XB and a Ph3 and the shed was cosy rather
than roomy. In late 2003 the decision was
made to get a Ph2 so that there would be a
1,2 and 3. The original Windsor HO was sold
to a Ford fanatic in NZ and the XB moved along
the coast but still in Tas. After a prolonged
search a decent and reasonably priced (an
ounce of hindsight would have been handy)
Ph2 couldnít be located so I went in search
of a Boss 302 Mustang in the USA. I had half
heartedly searched for one there for about
2 years previously but on inspection each
turned out to be unsuitable. By chance I found
what I was looking for in Newcastle and went
by plane there and drove the Boss 302 home
via the ferry to Tas in mid 2004.
Car History is
8/69 XW Windsor HO1. Starlight Blue (Now NZ).
Car was purchased new in Tas and had 4 previous
owners. One of them had it for 20+ years.
It had been repainted and fitted with a shaker
in mid 1980ís but its history was known. It
still has original engine and running gear
GT Gold 1/68 XR GT. Purchased new in Tas and
had about 5 owners 3 of whom I know including
the original owner.
Sandstone Beige/Walnut Glo 11/75 XB GT (Sold)
Tas car, 4 owners, very straight and original
car with matching numbers and 90,000kms.
XW Windsor HO in Starlight Blue. Purchased
new in Tas and delivered on Xmas day 1969.
One previous owner who happens to be a lady
who is a renowned petrol head. Unrestored
and all original gear. Car has done 62000
5/71 XY GTHO. Electric Blue and purchased
new in Qld and first Ph3 to be registered
in that state. 2 previous owners. Unrestored
with matching numbers and original engine.
Car has done 67000 miles. Took almost 4 years
of searching to find this car.
A 70 Boss 302 Grabber Orange. Came to Australia
in mid 80ís with 34000 miles and in 2004 had
38000 miles. It now has 39500 miles. Its was
repainted when it came to Australia in mid
80ís. It is a matching numbers car still with
its original Boss engine.
29 Ford A Model Tourer. 2 previous owners
and with 56000 genuine miles. Been repainted
and new roof but not restored. Original engine
and gearbox still in situ.
miss the HO I sold to NZ as it was used frequently
and in hindsight I wish I still had it as
it was a good driver for Club runs and a few
serious Targa stages. I do use the others
quite often but am a little more restrained
in the Ph3 and Boss. The XR has been pressed
into Targa stage practice and while nice to
drive, its not quite the same as the HO1.
I really prefer the sweetness of the Windsor
engines but man the P3 is fun and I enjoy
its power and acceleration.
yet to be fulfilled.
I just hope I can still drive some of them
for the next 20 years. Iíve been talking
to the man upstairs but I think time is
Like to drive a F40 Ferrari. Just round
the block will do.
Like to get a Ph2.
Like to get a Boss 429 or any early Shelby