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(oldracephotos.com)

John Goss races his new Matich A53 Repco for the very first time, the ‘Oran Park 100’ Gold Star round on 4 August 1974…

‘007’ was the last and best F5000 the Matich team built, arguably it’s the best F5000 built in Oz. The story of Frank Matich and his cars I chronicled in a long treatise a while back, have a read if you haven’t seen it;

https://primotipo.com/2015/09/11/frank-matich-matich-f5000-cars-etcetera/

Goss extended himself, buying the car and some spares. Later he also bought A51 ‘005’ which he converted to A53 spec, racing both cars for years inclusive of the ’76 AGP win at Sandown, check this article out on Gossy;

John Goss: Bathurst 1000 and Australian Grand Prix Winner…

This short piece is inspired by these photos posted on social media for the first time this month. They are ‘mouth-watering’ for me as i’ve always loved this car especially in its Matich original ‘mellow yellow’ Repco livery. Its just the nicest, oh-so-fast bit of beautifully integrated kit.

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Grant O’Neill at the back, he looked after John’s cars right thru from this point ex-Matich as he was. Peter Hughes in red and Repco’s Ken Symes at the right. John Davison in Matich A50 ‘004’ behind Oran Park, Gold Star, August 1974 (Neil Stratton)

To have seen FM race it in the US L&M Series in ’74 would have been really something, A53 showed it could run and beat the best of the Lola T330/2’s in Goss’ hands in Oz. Frank would definitely have given a few folks some curry with all of the teams learnings from its unsuccessful 1973 American campaign.

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John Goss, Tornado Ford at Catalina Park, Katoomba in Sydney’s Blue Mountains, 1970 (oldracephotos.com)

As a young enthusiast I thought F5000 a big step up for JG, a mere ‘touring car driver’ in my mind, I was ignorant of his pedigree in real cars tho. Whilst he started in tourers he quickly progressed to a largely self built, potent Falcon in-line 6 cylinder mid-engined sportscar, the ‘Tornado Ford’. It was in that he made his name in his adopted Tasmania and later when he moved to the big smoke, Sydney and Ford Falcon GTHO ‘Series Production’ fame…

In F5000 Gossy was ‘on it’ from the start, giving the established aces plenty he was as ‘quick as his mouth’, legend that he was for saying so little in so many, many words!

What a driver and what a car…

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Goss in the McLeod Ford, Falcon GTHO Ph3 at Amaroo Park 1972 (oldracephotos.com)

Credits…

oldracephotos.com, Neil Stratton

Tailpiece: Goss at Oran Park again in ‘007’, this time the ’75 Tasman round in February 1975, DNF with electrical problems. The first of many livery and body ‘evolutions’ over the years John raced the two A51/3 cars…

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Comments
  1. Peter Hughes says:

    So long ago……

    • markbisset says:

      It was! And he was magic.
      I went out to the Sandown Historics yesterday, there is a guy running a replica of JG’s 2 door GT, the yellow McLeod Ford XA he ran in advance of the works racing the cars. Took me straight back to Sandown Tasman meeting in ’73 and seeing him race that car so hard!
      Mark

  2. peter hughes says:

    Amazing ….the accuracy of some of this after all these years ….I was with John at the 1975 Tasman race but had left the team before the 1976 AGP….still in touch with some of the guys after forty plus years..
    Peter Hughes

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