WHAT HAPPENED TO THE LAST FORD TICKFORD FALCON?

FTR 004 made its racing debut at the 2001 Bathurst 1000. Photo: an1images.com / Graeme Neander.

THIS week Saturday Sleuthing takes a look at a car that drew down the curtain on a chapter of V8 Supercar racing for Glenn Seton.

That car is FTR004, the last V8 Supercar built by Seton’s team, then known as Ford Tickford Racing, and indeed one of the last cars his team raced prior to its sale to Prodrive out of which Ford Performance Racing was formed.

Seton’s career is being celebrated in a new collector’s hardcover book, available to pre order here, that is being published by V8 Sleuth and will be available at the end of 2020.

In addition to covering Seton’s extensive racing career it will also have a car-by-car history of each of the GSR/FTR Sierras and Falcons that his team built and raced between 1989 and 2002.

FTR 004 was built new during 2001 and made its racing debut in Seton and Steve Richards’ hands at that year’s Bathurst 1000 before reverting to Richards’ hands for the remainder of the championship.

Glenn Seton, 2002 Clipsal 500, Adelaide. Photo: an1images.com / Dirk Klynsmith

The FTR brand disappeared from the team’s doors for 2002 and it reverted back to Glenn Seton Racing with Ford Credit support.

This chassis became Seton’s #5 car for the start of the season but he had a massive accident at Turn 8 in Adelaide that sidelined it for the next few rounds.

Glenn Seton was originally to be joined by Owen Kelly in car #5 at Bathurst in 2002, though was replaced by David Besnard. Photo: an1images.com / Dirk Klynsmith.

It returned in Seton’s hands at Barbagallo and he used this chassis for the majority of the remainder of the season, including Bathurst where David Besnard was a late replacement for Owen Kelly.

Ironically, Besnard ended up at the wheel of this car in early 2003 when it went to FPR. Seton started the season in it before his new BA Falcon was completed. Besnard moved into it for a handful of rounds before his BA was later finished.

From there the car spent a brief amount of time in the ‘main game’ in 2004 with Garth Walden and then in the Development Series via Aaron McGill before it was retired after 2008.

It was damaged in a multi-car accident at Wakefield Park that year, though was repaired and sold to Perth-based collector Andy Brown nearly a decade ago.

Garth Walden aboard FTR 004, Oran Park, 2004. Photo: an1images.com / Dirk Klynsmith.
Aaron McGill, Bathurst, 2007. Photo: an1images.com / Dirk Klynsmith.
FTR 004 now sits within this private collection of cars in Western Australia. Photo: an1images.com / Aaron Noonan.

It remains part of his private collection of race and road cars and has been returned to its 2001 Bathurst Seton/Richards #5 FTR livery.

Seton fans also have a chance to snap up our last remaining stock of ‘Ford at Bathurst, The Cars 1963-2018’, our hardcover, limited to 2000 copies book that includes a photo of every Ford – including every Seton team car and including FTR 004 – from each year’s race.

We have just 25 copies left of this 360-page collector’s book and you can order yours here now before they sell out.

With over 20 years in the Australian motorsport industry, Noonan is the head of V8 Sleuth. He’s held a range of roles including working in television with Seven and Ten, print media and public relations. With a specialty in Australian motorsport history, he’s known around racing paddocks as ’the Sleuth’ and started his motorsport media career in 1997.