Falcon Memories: Allan Moffat

The form finish of 1977

In this five-part series, Speedcafe.com speaks to some of the famous names associated with the Ford Falcon ahead of its final Supercars Championship round in Newcastle

If there is one iconic image from the Falcon’s time in Australian motorsport, it is the 1977 one-two; and the man at the centre of it rates it as his greatest achievement.

Moffat was leading the race when the brakes on his XC Falcon hardtop wore out with around a dozen laps remaining.

He was caught by Colin Bond in the sister Moffat Ford Dealers entry, but Bond backed off to avoid passing the boss and allowed Moffat to take victory.

When asked last year by Speedcafe.com if the one-two was his greatest achievement in motorsport, Moffat had no doubt.

“Absolutely,” he replied.

“I never talked about it for many months afterwards but when Colin and I came around on the last lap, no one realised that I had no brakes for the last 12 laps.

“I braked down going into Forrest’s Elbow and I just put my foot on the brake pedal. Funnily enough it went to the floor and I thought, ‘Hmmm.’

“Colin was about halfway around so I just did my best and said, ‘Fine, I know when I get at the middle of (Conrod) Straight, I just take my foot off everything, and by the time I get to the bottom of the corner, I can accelerate and it didn’t matter.’

“I was quite surprised how long I lasted for 12 laps with no brakes.”

The form finish was a happy accident, but Moffat believes that Bond could sense what he had to do.

“I think it was fairly understandable between the two because Colin really was a long way back for a long time and it was then when I lost my brakes, I had to back off.

“On the very last lap, he went like that (edged ahead) and I sent him that little telepathic message, ‘Don’t forget who’s running the show,’ or something like that.

“We went around together like that and that was what made the photograph so effective.”

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