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XD FALCON TRU-BLU 1 1980
• Ex-police car that Dick Johnson turned
into a race car that debuted at Lakeside in
• Leading at Bathurst in 1980 before the car
was destroyed in the infamous collision with
XD FALCON TRU-BLU 2 1981-82
• Built from funds raised from ‘the Rock’
appeal; a new chassis with mechanical com-
ponents from Tru-Blu 1.
• Dominated the 1981 championship and
won at Bathurst, going on to score back-to-
back titles in 1982.
XE FALCON TRU-BLU
GREENS-TUF 1 1982-83
• Debuted in the 1982 endurance events in
Tru-Blu livery but disqualified for a technical
infringement at Bathurst.
• Destroyed in the 1983 Shootout when
Johnson clipped the tyre bundle at Forrest’s
Elbow and crashed into the trees.
XE FALCON GREENS-TUF 2 1983
• Purchased from rival Andrew Harris on the
Saturday night of Bathurst 1983 to replace
the wrecked XE.
• An all-night effort saw the car make the
start, though it would fail after just 61 laps
with a faulty electrical fuse.
XE FALCON GREENS-TUF 3 1984
• Won the 1984 championship with a
podium placing in each round and a victory
at Surfers Paradise.
• Retired from Bathurst after 107 laps with a
broken axle, departing as the final Falcon of
the Group C era.
MUSTANG ZAKSPEED 1 1985
• Imported Mustang from German team
Zakspeed, which first ran as a back-up car at
Bathurst in 1984 (pictured above).
• Proved competitive with second place in
the 1985 standings, though failed to win a
ZAKSPEED 2 1985-86
• Arrived in time for the 1985 endurance
events and completed another winless
season in 1986.
• One and only win at the non-champion-
ship support race at the Australian Grand
Prix in Adelaide.
SIERRA DJR 1 1987-88
• Built as a right-hand-drive Cosworth-
specification that won at Adelaide
International Raceway and again at the GP.
• Significantly, this Sierra became John
Bowe’s first #18 DJR car upon joining the
team for 1988.
SIERRA DJR 2 1987
• Second Sierra built for expansion to two
cars in 1987, this one being a left-hand drive
car for Gregg Hansford in #18.
• As with the first Sierra, this car was
updated to RS500 specification later in the
sIerra DJr 3 1988-89
• First Sierra to be built to RS500 specifica-
tion from scratch scored a dominant cham-
pionship win in 1988 with Johnson.
• Also scored pole position for the
Silverstone TT race in 1988 and became
Bowe’s car for 1989.
sIerra DJr 4 1988-89
• Debuted at the 1988 Sandown 500 and
took Johnson to a fifth and final champion-
ship win in 1989.
• Bowe raced the car for the whole of the
1990 season before a rebuilt version reap-
peared in 1991.
sIerra DJr 5 1989-92
• Introduced for the 1989 endurances events
and won the Bathurst 1000, adding second
places in 1990 and 1992.
• Raced by Johnson as the #17 in 1990 and
1991 before being handed to Bowe for the
sIerra DJr 6 1990-92
• The final Sierra built under the Group A
regulations before the reintroduction of the
Falcon from 1993.
• Raced in the 1990 endurance events before
being campaigned by Bowe in 1991 and
Johnson in 1992.
FALCON EB 1 1992
• Built by the team in preparation for the
V8 era from 1993, the car was deemed “too
much like a sports sedan”.
• The car wasn’t permitted to race, forcing
the team to build new race cars and leaving
FALCON EB 2 1992-94
• Introduced at non-championship events in
1992, Bowe raced the car in 1993 and scored
victory at the opening event.
• Bowe continued in the car into 1994 before
it became the spare, run as a third entry for
Steven Johnson in 1994.
FALCON EB 3 1993
• Dick Johnson’s car for the whole of the
1993 championship and used by he and
Bowe for the endurance events.
• The car was destroyed in a collision with
an out of control Bill O’Brien on lap 96 at
FALCON EB 4/EL/EF 1994-98
• Johnson’s replacement car for EB 3,
running the whole season and winning the
Sandown 500 with Johnson and Bowe.
• Updated to EL and EF specs for Johnson
in 1995 and as a spare used by both Steven
and Bowe from 1995 to 1998.
FALCON EB 5/EF 1994-96
• Bowe’s 1994 car that ran as the #17 entry
at Bathurst and won with Johnson-Bowe.
• Updated to EF specification, Bowe won the
1995 title in the car before it was destroyed
at Phillip Island in 1996.
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