At Classic Car Photography we have a major soft spot for Falcon Coupes, and this ex John Goss XB GT Group C Falcon Coupe easily ranks in the top 5 of all the Falcon Coupes that ever raced and still survive. And it’s for sale at Ecurie Investments.
Looking resplendent in its signature ‘75 Bathurst livery of Blaze Blue ( AKA “Goss Blue”) with white flanks, the Falcon Coupe offered for sale was owned and raced by living legend John Goss from 1975 to the end of 1978 and retired from Group C duties in 1979.
John Goss was the first man in Australia to officially race the Falcon Coupe in 1973’s, new Group C touring car series. With the new rules allowing wider tyres, powerful engines and laxer homologation laws, Group C was a welcome shot in the arm to the Australian racing scene.
Using his original XA GT Falcon Coupe, Goss and Kevin Bartlett teamed up for a popular victory, at very wet Bathurst in 1974, with KB’s skilful final stint in the wet an all time Bathurst 1000 highlight. After a few years of hard campaigning, Goss’s very used XA GT was sold off and a new, Blaze Blue XB GT was delivered via sponsor McLeod Ford.
The XB GT’s first race was the 1975 Bathurst 1000 with Goss teamed up with Kevin Bartlett again and hopes were high for a repeat victory. Ten laps in, the 351 let go, much to the dismay of Ford fans everywhere. The remaining Endurance rounds were also a disappointment for Goss, who subsequently parked the car and concentrated on his busy F5000 career.
In June 1976, Allan Moffat’s transporter caught alight in the Adelaide Hills, burning it and his GT Falcon Coupe to a cinder. Goss generously loaned his Falcon, which Allan promptly put second on the grid and won the round. Moffat then used the Falcon in the following ATCC round at Queensland Lakeside raceway, getting second on the grid, winning the first round and finishing second in the next. These two results kept Moffat in contention for the touring car title, which he eventually won, in his “Project Phoenix” XB GT. Goss then contested the Sandown 400, Bathurst 1000, Adelaide, and finally Surfers to round out his 1977 season. Despite qualifying the Falcon consistently up the field, reliability issues plagued him and his enduro round partner, 7 times Bathurst winner, Jim Richards.
Goss contested 3 rounds in 1977, with a credible 4th at Amaroo Park in April, being his best result. Some new and re-freshed financial backing from Citizen Watches, Radio 2SM and Stud Cola, allowed Goss to expand into a two car team, recruiting none other than 3 times F1 world champion Sir Jack Brabham and Le Mans winning son Geoff. Another huge coup for Goss’ stunning Blaze Blue coupe was 4 times Le Mans winner Henri Pescarolo, signing on to race with Goss in the Bathurst 1000. Sandown was a DNF for Goss and Sir Jack Brabham. History goes to show that Sir Jack and Geoff Brabham, racing in the Falcon coupe for sale, were in the top 5 but a rocker gave trouble and the Father and son Brabham team had to settle for 18th.
In 1978 the Goss Falcon Coupe contested 4 rounds (Oran Park, Amaroo, Sandown, Oran Park) before Goss retired the car, eventually selling it to Escort Racer, Rod Stevens, who contested select rounds of the 1979 touring car season, including the Bathurst 1000 in the attractive Brian Wood Ford livery, as a team car to Murray Carter.
From there it was sold on several times before making its way into the hands of Falcon Coupe expert Kerry Turley, who embarked on an extensive research project before producing one of the finest racing hardtop Falcon restorations seen to date.
With a significant and well documented racing history, including raced by F1 World Champions, Le Mans winners, ATCC and Bathurst winners all throughout 1975 to 1979 and boasting a most important clear ownership chain after its glorious racing career, this Blaze Blue XB GT Falcon Coupe would certainly be an excellent buy for someone who wishes to race in the extremely popular Group C Historic Series, or the astute collector who knows the merits of a perfect provenance, combined with the excellent aesthetic appeal of a Group C Falcon Coupe, in the iconic “Goss Racing” livery.
For further information on this classic Australian race car, please go to the Ecurie Investments website.