Back in the 1960s, Allan Moffat claimed that Neptune Racing Team driver Jim McKeown had the world’s fastest Lotus-Cortina.
That was a quite an accolade, given that Australia was a motor racing backwater at a time when the lightweight Lotus-tweaked Cortina was Ford’s front-line weapon in small-bore sedan racing and rallying across the globe.
However, Moffat was well qualified to make such a judgement as he really had his finger on the pulse of Lotus-Cortina performance, not only in Australia but the UK and USA.
Moffat was creating a name for himself locally in an ex-works Lotus-Cortina he’d bought from Team Lotus at the end of the 1964 US racing season and shipped back to Australia.
Fitted with a full-house works engine prepared by BRM in the UK, Moffat was able to directly compare the performance of his ex-factory car against not only McKeown’s all-conquering Neptune machine but those raced by Bob Jane and the Geoghegan brothers.
Today, McKeown vividly remembers that his confrontations with Moffat in those days were intense and often brutal encounters.