BOWE AND JOHNSON TO BE REUNITED IN TOURING CAR MASTERS
ONE OF Australia’s most famous racing partnerships – Johnson and Bowe – will be reunited when the ENZED Touring Car Masters series for classic 60s and 70s muscle cars hits Darwin with the V8 Supercars this June.
After racing alongside friend and team owner Dick Johnson for 11 seasons of Australian Touring Car racing between 1988 and 1998 in a partnership that netted two Bathurst 1000 victories and the 1995 Australian Touring Car Championship, John Bowe will reunite the famous dynamic under his own terms when Dick’s son Steve joins John Bowe Racing in the Touring Car Masters’ ‘ENZED Thunder in the Valley’.
‘Junior’ Johnson will drive Bowe’s Ford Mustang TransAm, nicknamed ‘Sally’, while Bowe will race the same Holden Torana SL/R 5000 in which he won the most recent TCM round at Winton, in May.
It brings the famous Bowe – Johnson dynamic back to the track nearly 17 years after the two surnames were last seen in the same team – only this time it’s Bowe’s team and not the famous Dick Johnson Racing outfit.
True to prior form, Johnson will race car No. 17 and Bowe No. 18 in the three Darwin races.
A raft of Bowe’s long-time sponsors, including major backers PAYCE and Wilson Security have stepped up to back the move whilst an enormous flood of fan support has helped enable the remarkable reunion to occur at Hidden Valley.
Johnson’s Mustang will sport a unique red and white livery for the round, reflecting the colours of his major supporters, PAYCE and Wilson Security.
It will be Steven’s second drive of the Mustang after filling in for Bowe in the Tasmanian round of the TCM series in March this year – where he won all three races.
“It is amazing to pull all of this together, it couldn’t have been done without the incredible support from our loyal sponsors and the incredible fan reaction to the plan to reunite Stevie and I in the same team,” Bowe said. “We’ve had sponsors who supported DJR back in the day ring us and say ‘yep, we want to be involved!’ which is quite incredible.
“The time I spent with Dick, Steve and that team were amongst the happiest and most successful of my career and they really are family to me. When I couldn’t drive ‘Sally’ in Darwin I knew Steve would be the only person I’d put in the car in my place.
“I’ve seen him grow from a young kid hanging around the DJR garages during the Ford Sierra days and turn into a tremendous driver with a great career of his own.
“I don’t think any of us would have thought that nearly 30 years after we first raced together, the Johnson and Bowe families would still be battling it out – but that’s what is going to happen.
“Sally will be perfectly suited to Hidden Valley and with Steve driving her I think I’m going to have to drive the little Torana pretty hard to keep up!
“It will be great for all the fans who have supported my career and the Johnson’s over the years to have us on track together in Darwin. We really can’t thank everyone who has made it possible enough – the reaction has blown us all away!”
John Bowe and Steven Johnson would like to acknowledge the additional support from PAYCE, Wilson Security, Rob Herrod from Herrod Ford Performance, WM Waste and Knox Transfer Station, TG Motorsport and all of the loyal fans and John Bowe Racing sponsors and supporters for making it happen.