DICK JOHNSON SIERRA SOLD OVERSEAS

Dick Johnson aboard DJR 6 during the 1991 Bathurst 1000 weekend. Pic: an1images.com / Graeme Neander

THE last Ford Sierra built by Dick Johnson Racing has found a new home in New Zealand.

Lance Coupland, managing director of the popular Christchurch-based Coupland’s Bakery chain, is the new custodian of chassis DJR 6.

Built new in 1990, the car served as the team’s #17 entry in the 1990 and 1991 Bathurst 1000s and was Johnson’s car throughout the 1992 Australian Touring Car Championship, the last where the turbocharged RS500 version of the Sierra was eligible to compete.

The car spent time in Western Australia and in Queensland prior to its purchase by Melbourne enthusiast Chris Stillwell, who commissioned Classic Motorsport’s Euan McDonald to restore it to take part in Heritage Touring Car events.

Most recently it has been seen in historic events in the hands of subsequent owner Terry Lawlor, and spent time on display at the National Motor Racing Museum at Mount Panorama as part of its exhibition celebrating 40 years of Dick Johnson Racing before being dispatched to its new owner.

The sixth and final Sierra built by DJR is now the third to reside overseas, with the two chassis DJR sold to Robb Gravett and Mike Smith’s Trackstar Racing BTCC team remaining in England.

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Will Dale began his media career as a breakfast radio newsreader before joining SPEED TV Australia and FOX SPORTS Australia in 2012 as its Digital Editorial Lead - Motorsport for the next six years, covering all forms of motorsport both in Australia and internationally. He became part of the V8 Sleuth team in 2018.