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JOHN BOWE HAS driven some of the world's most iconic racing cars but even he reckons the most exciting times in Aussie motorsport for Ford fans was Dick Johnson at the peak of his powers. "In the early eighties, the cars were seriously fast and loud enough you could never not hear him out on a racetrack. His efforts at Surfers Paradise, Amaroo Park, Wanneroo, Mallala, Philip Island and Sandown were essential to his success, but his trials and tribulations at Bathurst put him with the greats. I had the pleasure of watching him on the telly in those days, as I raced in open-wheelers before my foray into touring cars." Watch the video of JB at the wheel of DJ's Greens'-Tuf Falcon here.
A MAD MAX (the original version) revival was presented by the Freedom Riders Australia and MS Australia, at Clunes in Victoria.
The ground-breaking road warrior movie – the general theme of which was rebooted last year as Mad Max Fury Road - is a huge element of Aussie car culture, kick-starting the career of director George Miller (and his mate, Byron Kennedy, who tragically died in a helicopter crash) and actor Mel Gibson. The real stars of this cult classic movie were the characters’ now legendary Aussie cars: the MFP (Main Force Patrol) Ford interceptors, the Pursuit Special HQ Holden Monaro - stolen and crashed by the Night Rider - and of course, Max’s sinister black ‘sixhundred horses through the wheels’ supercharged XB Ford Falcon.
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SUMMERNATS HAS been a part of many Australian car enthusiasts’ life for nearly three decades. Its longweekend format of show ‘n shine, street- and elite-class show car judging, dyno comps, driving events, cruising – plus almost an overload of burnouts, and evening sideshows of great Aussie bands - within the confines of Canberra’s Exhibition Park is one of the world’s greatest car parties. Around 1800 street machines and classic cars entered and another 100,000 spectators paid at the gate to see, and be a part of, Summernats’ four days of action. As always, the Elite Top 60 show is an absolute eyeopener.
Commencing on Friday night after the two days’ formal inspection process by the Summernats judging team. Catch our review of the cream of Australia’s internationally reknowned street machines.