Fans celebrate XR Ford Falcon

September 12, 2017

Former racing car driver Fred Gibson stands next to a XR Ford Falcon GT.

Seymour's Darcy Macdonald admires his dad's 1967 XR Ford Falcon GT, which will one day belong to him.

A selection of 1967 XR Falcon GTs were at Shepparton Motor Museum on Sunday.

The cars were there as part of the XR Falcon 50th anniversary celebrations, which also featured a special appearance by event patron Fred Gibson .

Shepparton Motor Museum curator Graeme Balfour said it was wonderful to have the former car racer at the museum speaking to the public.

Mr Gibson won the 1967 Bathurst Gallaher 500 in a XR Falcon and is still involved in the motor industry.

‘‘It was a privilege to be at the museum and see some of the old cars I used to drive, especially since it was 50 years ago that I won Bathurst in the GT Falcon,’’ he said.

Mr Gibson said racing had changed a great deal since he won Bathurst.

‘‘You look at 1967 where they were standard road cars theoretically and you look at them now and they’re special built race cars.

‘‘Being involved in the sport for a long, long time I’ve seen the evolution of the cars go along.’’

Mr Balfour said it was amazing to see how popular the event was.

‘‘It was something that was started just as a small event just between some locally known cars and it spread Australia wide,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s just a great get together ... we couldn’t have scripted it any better.’’

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