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Moffat Winds The Clock Back

The iconic Allan Moffat Mustang from the 1970s is back, with a twist.

Actually, it’s a double twist as James Moffat will be driving and the Mustang is a new-age Trans Am racer and not the original Kar Kraft ’stang that carried Allan Moffat to a stunning 99 victories.

The born-again Coke car – also without any Coca-Cola branding but with Moffat’s signature slanting Number 9 on the sides – is joining the Trans Am competition at Morgan Park in Queensland in late June and is likely to continue in the championship as the V8-powered muscle cars continue to grow their grids and following in Australia.

“For me growing up as a kid, the most famous car that dad raced was his Trans-Am Coca Cola Mustang,” said James Moffat.

“It will be fantastic to hit the track in a red #9 Mustang.”

Moffat’s new drive is an extension of his involvement in the Motorsport Australia championship series, where he drives a Renault Megane in the SuperCheap Auto TCR Australia Series.

It comes as Garry Rogers Motorsport, already the biggest entrant in the TCR series and responsible for building the cars in the S5000 single-seater series, expands into Trans Am for the first time.

“Over the last couple of years, we’ve invested in TCR and S5000, but it was about four years ago that Garry (Rogers) was at Sydney Motorsport Park and he saw these Trans Am cars and he hasn’t stopped talking about them ever since,” said Barry Rogers.

“Given that the Trans Ams are now under the Australian Racing Group banner, it was pretty important for use to invest in this series. “Owen Kelly and Aaron Tebb race cars that we own, but we haven’t run a car ourselves.

“Garry was very keen to get Moff in a car, and having Moffat in a Mustang is pretty important to us. My dad raced against Allan in the 1970s, so we’re looking forward to getting the band back together, so to speak, and seeing those famous colours back out on track.”

The backer for the new entry is LMCT+, an Australian automotive marketplace that connects buyers and sellers for discounted parts, services, and other auto-related goods.

No-one is talking beyond Morgan Park for now, but it’s highly likely that the Moffat Mustang will also run at Sandown Park in September and then the Bathurst International in late November.

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