Beechey, Geoghegan & Jane: The racing Mustangs of 1965

06 September 2012
Norm Beechey's '64 Mustang in typical pose at Warwick Farm. (Image from:

Ford Australia boss Bill Bourke's decision to import small numbers of the new Ford Mustang from the USA to Australia in 1965 - and convert them to RHD for a few well-heeled Aussies to drive on local roads - was a typically shrewd marketing decision (see Joe Kenwright's story on these rare imported Fords).

Bourke wanted Australia to get a taste of the euphoric 'Mustang-mania' that was sweeping across the USA at the time, as Americans in their hundreds of thousands scrambled to buy one of Ford's sensational new pony cars.