Sandown Park’s massive grandstand will once again reverberate to the sound of the Touring Car Masters this weekend, led by Coates Hire Driver and Ambassador John Bowe’s championship winning 1969 Ford Mustang Trans Am.
When Allan Moffat first raced his Ford Mustang Trans Am at Tasmania’s Symmons Plains circuit, a young John Bowe saw it in action and dreamt of racing a car just like that one day.
Many years later he fulfilled that dream, entering his own Ford Mustang Trans Am in the Touring Car Masters (TCM).
‘Mustang Sally’ as he affectionately refers to his beloved 1969 Trans Am has secured Bowe victory in the last two TCM Championships and has him leading this years title chase as well.
With two rounds remaining after Sandown Park this weekend, Bowe has a healthy 109 points lead over Jim Richards in the Outright class and a 28 point break over Steve Mason on the Pro-Sportsman category.
“I have been fortunate that aside from the engine issue in Perth, the car has been terrific all year and despite the weight penalty I have to carry it’s still going very well.
“Sandown will be a challenge because of all the tracks we go to, it has two very long straights and is the biggest power-only circuit we go to all year. Having said, that I am delighted to have won 10 races this year and am pleased with the guys running the car and will go to Sandown and do my best because I love the track”.
“There’s a buzz and atmosphere about the place that I felt as a youngster in the days of the Tasman series and it’s the same today in the grandstand”.
About his Trans Am Bowe said: “Moffat’s Mustang was the catalyst for me buying a ’69 Mustang. He brought that car to Symmons Plains and was the first professional drive in the country. I always loved that car and that’s the reason for me buying and continuing to race Mustang Sally”.