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The Lowndes CAT FPR Falcon that wasn’t

THIS year marks the 20th anniversary of the team that started its life as Ford Performance Racing and the V8 Sleuth team is hard at work assembling a hardcover, limited edition book on the history of each of the team’s Falcon and Mustang Supercars.

By the way, this 400-page, individually numbered book will be available in time for Christmas and you can pre-order it here now via the V8 Sleuth Superstore – copies will be limited so don’t miss out!

There is, though, one Craig Lowndes-driven CAT FPR Falcon V8 Supercar that won’t be featuring in the eagerly-awaited publication for good reason – because it wasn’t an FPR Falcon despite having all the appearances (bar one sticker!) of being one.

Lowndes and fellow Ford ace of the time, then-V8 Supercars Champion Marcos Ambrose, filmed a Ford commercial at Eastern Creek in mid-April 2004, with a CAT FPR Falcon BA and Ambrose’s Pirtek Stone Brothers Racing Falcon BA on hand.

Behind the scenes on the filming day at Eastern Creek in 2004. Photo: an1images.com / Scott Wensley.

But Lowndes’ car wasn’t one of the Prodrive-run team’s Falcons, rather it was a Brad Jones Racing Falcon filling in for the day!

The factory Ford team didn’t have any of its three BA race cars ready for the day that the shoot was scheduled, on April 14, just over a week after the V8 Supercars had raced at the same circuit and Rick Kelly had won a rain-shortened race.

So, after a quick ring around of Ford teams, BJR rolled out its third, spare OzEmail BA Falcon (the car John Bowe qualified on the front row of the grid at Bathurst in 2003) and it was converted to CAT/FPR colours and trucked to Sydney for the filming day.

The giveaway as to the car’s true identity comes in photos from the Sydney filming day, now part of the AN1 Images archive and shot on the day by Scott Wensley.

Rather than the Prodrive logo sitting underneath the Castrol signage on the front bumper car, a ‘BJR’ sticker was visible in its place instead!


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