A DICK Johnson Racing Falcon that met the end of its racing career at Mount Panorama is the latest car to join the National Motor Racing Museum’s exhibition celebrating the team’s 40th anniversary.
DJR EB3 was the team’s #17 entry for Dick Johnson and John Bowe in the 1993 Bathurst 1000, but their race ended prematurely at Reid Park before half-race distance after becoming involved in a lapped car’s accident.
The impact severely damaged the chassis and was never used again in anger by the team, which went on to win the following year’s race in a brand new car.
EB3, meanwhile, was retained by the team and loaned to Campbelltown TAFE at the turn of the millennium, where a team of students repaired the shell as part of their course.
Returned to the team in 2001, the car was steadily rebuilt into a mock-up of the ’94 winning car – itself destroyed in a racing crash – before it was sold to the Bowden family among Johnson’s collection of cars.
In recent years it was purchased by a collector who had Team Johnson begin a restoration on the car back to period-correct 1993 specifications before it was sold to its current owner in the middle of last year.
This week, the car arrived at the National Motor Racing Museum at the foot of Mount Panorama to form part of the car display honouring DJR’s 40th anniversary, with EB3 joining examples of the team’s race-winning Ford Sierras, Group A Ford Mustangs and AU-model Ford Falcons.
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