Aussie drag racing legend, the Big O Larry Ormsby

releases stunning new book – The Ford Years

The Larry Ormsby Scrapbook – The Ford Years.

UPDATED – 9 January 2018: 

In a must-have for Drag Racing and Muscle Car fans, legendary Australian drag racer, the Big O, Larry Ormsby has released a stunning, limited edition book detailing the early years of his incredible career.

Titled “Larry Ormsby’s Scrapbook. The Ford Years,” the new book documents an exciting, bygone era in racing when the ‘Win on Sunday. Sell on Monday’ mantra ruled the sales strategies of major car companies.

The 285-page high-quality publication details Ormsby’s introduction to drag racing, and how his class-winning performances could not have been better timed as he captured the attention of legendary Ford Racing boss Al Turner to earn factory support.

All three of Ormsby’s famous GT Falcons are covered – his original XR GT, his Nationals-winning XW GTHO, and the full factory-supported XY GTHO “Braker III” with which Ormsby claimed the first ever Nationals Pro Stock title.

The book includes in-depth insight into each of these legendary cars and their modifications – both successes and failures – and performances, as recalled by Ormsby, Turner, and iconic Ford Racing mechanic, Colin Russell, also known as “Russell the Rascal.”

It also features racing results of the day, extracts of race reports from RODsports magazine, scores of rare photos, and never-seen-before documents such as Ormsby’s ground-breaking Ford contract and correspondence relating to the formation of ANDRA.

Ormsby not only recalls his early career, but pays tribute to his fellow drag racing stars of the era, such as “Dyno Dave” Bennett, Ron Harrop, Don Figgins, Graham Withers, Ian Splatt, Pommie Peter Allen, Geoff Ryde, Morrie Allen, and Jim Fife – providing readers with an incredible look back at the formative years of Australian drag racing.

Initially, just the 351 Limited Edition premium version of the Larry Ormsby Scrapbook – The Ford Years was released, but it has now been joined by the standard edition, which was first released at Willowbank Raceway's New Year's Thunder event.


A high-quality, 285-page publication and only available in limited numbers, The Larry Ormsby Scrapbook – The Ford Years standard edition is a must-have for Drag Racing and Muscle Car enthusiasts.

Cost is just $120 plus postage and handling.


Only 351 copies of the 351 Limited Edition have been produced, all with individual book numbers.

The 351 Limited Edition is excellently presented in a commemorative rigid box, with both the box and book cover featuring distinctive silver foil embossing. 

Each copy includes a signed and numbered certificate of authenticity to match the corresponding book number.

A premium product, The Larry Ormsby Scrapbook – The Ford Years 351 Limited Edition is $351 plus postage and handling.

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