Category: Bowden Collection

The Bowden Collection – With Moffat & Johnson

Recently Allan Moffat and Dick Johnson visited some of their famous racing machines, which are now part of the Bowden Collection. The Collection is considered to be the best of Australian racing cars in existence. This below video was shot as part of the V8XTRA television program, and sees the Collection, Moffat and Johnson come…



Allan Moffat’s 1969 Trans Am Boss 302 Mustang

To generations of fans, Allan Moffat’s Trans-Am Mustang is simply the greatest touring car Australia has ever seen. Even those too young to have personally witnessed its on-track performances have grown to understand its unique status, from listening wide-eyed to countless stories told by their fathers of the excitement created every time it hit the…



Allan Moffat’s XA GT Phase IV

The Phase IV story is the most celebrated story in GTHO folklore. In 1972 the new XA GT model had been released and a GTHO model was needed to take over from the XY GTHO on the race track. Three XA’s were sent to Howard Marsden and his team at Ford Special Vehicles, Fords internal…



Peter Brock’s VL Commodore

The Commodore on this page gave Holden racing legend, Peter Brock, his 9th and final victory in the James Hardie 1000 in 1987. This VL Commodore was the penultimate group “A” race car, Chassis #16, to be built at Holden Dealer Team workshops. The car was homologated in April 1987 and debuted at Surfers Paradise…



Peter Brock’s 1979 A9X

Brock was fastest in practice. Started on pole position. Including pit stops, no-one got in front of Peter and Jim Richards throughout the whole race. Finished 6 laps ahead of the nearest competitor. Set the lap record on the last lap. A lap record that stood until 1981 and a race record that will never…



Norm Beechey’s HT Monaro GTS 350

This is arguably the greatest Holden muscle racer ever built. It was not only the first Holden to win the Australian Touring Car Championship (ATCC) but also the first Aussie car to do so, against the best imports from the US and Europe. Norm Beechey’s immortal HT GTS 350 Monaro was, indeed, a world beater….



Ian “Peter” Geoghegan’s 65 Mustang

In 1964 Ford brought out one of the most influential cars of the century, the Mustang. The car was a huge marketing triumph with over one million sold in its first two years. The car also had almost instant success on the racetrack with the help of Texan chicken farmer and Cobra founder Carroll Shelby…



Peter Brock’s 1978 A9X

The Marlboro-Holden Dealer Team (M-HDT) under the new management of expert race car builder John Shepherd, swept all before them in 1978 for a dramatic return to the top of the Australian Touring Car ladder. Peter Brock, after three years as a privateer returned to the team as their number one driver and became the…



Dick Johnson’s TRU-BLU XD

Tru Blu is one of the most well remembered cars driven by Ford racing legend Dick Johnson. In 1980 Johnson was a relatively unknown Queensland battler who fronted for the Bathurst race in his new XD falcon. While comfortably leading the race, a spectator dislodged a large rock onto the track.  Johnson was unable to…



Kevin Bartlet’s Z28 Camaro

A meeting in 1979 between media mogul Kerry Packer and two times gold star champion Kev “big rev” Bartlett hatched one of the most iconic and best remembered cars in Australian Touring car history. The car was the Z-28 Camaro raced in the livery of the Channel 9 television network. Packers apparent main aim with…