Hot wheels on show

SWEET RIDE: Mick Katsaros and Troy Kelly in front of the XB Falcon coupe which will be on display this weekend. Picture: Christine Ansorge
SWEET RIDE: Mick Katsaros and Troy Kelly in front of the XB Falcon coupe which will be on display this weekend. Picture: Christine Ansorge

A CAR piloted by some of Australian motor racing’s greatest drivers will add star power to the Warrnambool Kruzin Classics show n’ shine this Saturday.

An XB Falcon coupe, driven through the halcyon days of Australian motor racing, the 1970s, will take pride of place at the show. The car belongs to Dean Montgomery, owner of the soon to be opened Warrnambool Motor Museum.

Manager of the Warrnambool Motor Museum Troy Kelly said the XB Faclon coupe is an impressive vehicle.

“Dean brought it a couple of years ago, they are pretty rare,” Mr Kelly said.

“It would have gone at a speed of about 260kmph when it was racing, it’s still perfect mechanically now.”

The car was built in 1975 for John Goss, a winner of Bathurst in 1974 and 1985.

In 1975, Goss drove the car with Kevin Bartlett at Bathurst but failed to finish the race after blowing an engine. Before the car was retired in 1978, it was driven by Allan Moffat, Jim Richards and Sir Jack Brabham.   

Warrnambool Kruzin Classics secretary Mick Katsaros said having the XB Falcon coupe will create a lot of excitement at the show.

“It’s a great car with some interesting history and it certainly gives the show a point of difference,” Mr Katsaros said.

“It suits the cars members Warrnambool Kruzin Classics have. We have mainly Australian and American classic and muscle cars.” 

While a vast majority of the group’s 47 members will bring along their cars to show, Mr Katsaros has extended an open invitation to the wider community to be involved.

“The show is open to anyone who wants to display their cars,” he said.

The show n’ shine will be held on the median strip along the Princes Highway between Kepler and Liebig Streets as part of activities around the Melbourne to Warrnambool Cycling Classic.

Members of the public wishing to show their cars are encouraged to bring them along at 9am. The show goes until the early afternoon.