John Bowe heads Didier Pironi at Calder's HDT Race of Champions event in 1980. Photos: / Ian Smith, AUTOPIX
JOHN Bowe is now regarded as a legend of Australian touring car racing, though in 1980 he was not considered a 'tin-top' driver - this year marks the 40thanniversary of his win in the 1980 HDT Race of Champions at Calder where the bearded Tasmanian

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