A TRIO of iconic V8 Supercars have taken part in this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.
An ex-Dick Johnson Racing Ford Mustang, ex-Ford Performance Racing Falcon BA and Walkinshaw Racing-built Holden Commodore VE joined an array of Formula 1, IndyCar, NASCAR, sports car, rally and retro machinery at the popular annual celebration of motorsport history.
The Mustang, on hand as part of a celebration of Roger Penske’s life in motorsport, stretched its legs up the hillclimb with Ford’s global CEO Jim Farley at the wheel.
The Mustang started life as one of Dick Johnson Racing’s last Car of the Future-spec FG Falcons before being shipped to Team Penske’s headquarters in the United States in 2015 as part of a soon-cancelled program to produce chassis.
It was updated to Mustang panelwork for show and display purposes in 2019 and has remained overseas ever since.
The Commodore was the only one of the three machines to compete against the clock, Wood finishing ninth overall in the Shootout against a variety of historic Formula 1 cars, exotic sports cars, current and historic touring cars, Le Mans 24 Hours machines and rally cars.
Although the car was dressed in 2010 Holden Racing Team colours and was originally built by Walkinshaw Racing, the car never actually raced for the factory squad.
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It started its life with the HSV Dealer Team and was raced by the Bundaberg Red squad before being sold to Brad Jones Racing; veteran British racer Wood purchased the car in 2018.
While the other two travelled up the Goodwood hillclimb, the Falcon sat on static display alongside a host of other Prodrive-owned cars across the four day event.
The car was Glenn Seton’s chassis during the 2003 and 2004 seasons, and Prodrive purchased it in 2019 from a private collector.
Among the other cars present to have an Australian link were the Dallara DW12 IndyCar that Will Power drove to victory in the 2018 Indianapolis 500, plus the ex-Frank Matich McLaren M10B Formula 5000 that won the 1970 Australian Grand Prix at Warwick Farm, while current Australian Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo piloted an ex-Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda MP4/5B up the hill.