John Bowe 2017 Touring Car Masters season review

Rare Spares Brand Ambassador and our long-time friend John Bowe has just wrapped up his 2017 Touring Car Masters campaign at the Newcastle 500 over the weekend. In what was a hard fought series Bowe and his Torana SL/R 5000 spent many rounds at the front of the pack and even led the series coming in to the final round. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be, as he could do little to stop the hard charging Steve Johnson on the tight streets of Newcastle’s East End. In this week’s blog, we’ll take a quick look at Bowe’s incredible season.

The 2017 TCM season kicked off way back in March at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide, and for Bowe the season started with a bang. Bowe was challenged early in both races 1 & 2 before recording victory in both, while a 6th in race 3 was enough to guarantee him the round victory. Round 2 at Winton saw one of the biggest accidents in the category’s history and unfortunately Bowe was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Race 1 went swimmingly for the number 18 Torana as Bowe worked from 23rd on the grid to take the win, a monumental effort around the short Victorian circuit.

Race 2 was where it all went pear shaped for a large number of the TCM field as Jason Gomersall span in front of the following pack as he rounded the 2nd corner on the first lap. Gomersall span into the path of Eddie Abelnica and his XB Falcon before being collected by Mark King’s Camaro, leaving both cars with very heavy front end damage. The ensuing pack had nowhere to go, with a number of cars finding each other or the surrounding walls. Bowe was sandwiched in the middle of all the action and the resulting broken ribs ensured a non-start for race 3 and a short stint in hospital for the fan favourite.

Bowe was able to make a speedy recovery from the massive shunt to line up only four weeks later at Hidden Valley Raceway in Darwin. It wasn’t quite a fairytale comeback as a gearbox issue left the Torana in a plume of smoke early on in the first race. Some quick work was done to the Torana and he was able to make it back on to the circuit for races 2 & 3, finishing in 2nd and 1st respectively.

On to Queensland Raceway and after recording his 90th victory in the TCM category Bowe left the event sharing the championship points lead with Adam Bressington. The ‘paper-clip’ as it’s known in the industry provides a unique challenge to competitors with a number of difficult breaking sections wreaking havoc on the TCM field. Sandown provided a unique challenge to competitors as race 1 was run in terribly wet conditions. The conditions provided a shuffle in the running order with Bowe finishing in 8th. Race 2 was abandoned while Bowe was out in front after Gomersall parked his Torana in the tyres at the end of the back straight. Wrapping up the weekend with a 2nd in race 3, Bowe was able to take the lead in the championship over his rivals.

While Bathurst wasn’t a bad weekend for Bowe by any stretch of the imagination, the event began the late season run of Steve Johnson. Scoring 4,2,2 finishes throughout the weekend was enough for Bowe to maintain the championship lead, however closing quickly was Johnson who took 2 of the 3 victories throughout the weekend at the mountain.

Bowe entered the final round with a 5 point lead, however was only able to manage 3rd in both races, making up ground throughout the first half of the track but struggling to keep up with the big Mustang of Johnson and the Camaro of Bressington down the more open sections of the track. The championship went to Johnson who won both races and the image of Bowe congratulating Johnson post-race will be go down as one of Australian motorsports great moments of sportsmanship.

As well as TCM racing, Bowe has kept busy piloting a number of different race cars throughout the country this year at a host of different events. Take a look at his Facebook page to keep up to date with all of the incredible cars John gets behind the wheel of – very impressive!

What was your favourite moment of the 2017 TCM season? Head over to the Rare Spares Facebook page and let us know in the comments section below.

Rare Spares Rare Specials at Summernats 29

Hot off the press! Rare Spares is going to make your Summernats trip even better!

For the 29th edition of this iconic event, Rare Spares is offering a HUGE 20% off* plus FREE Shipping for all orders placed and paid for at the Rare Spares stand during the entire event period!

PLUS Rare Spares are giving you the opportunity to go in the draw to WIN the ultimate motorsport weekend, known as ‘Rare Experience!’** How does tickets to the 2016 Clipsal 500 with flights and accommodation for two and a weekend to remember sound? All you have to do is see the team at the Rare Spares stand in Pavilion C to enter!

Rare Spares will also be showcasing none other than John Bowe’s race winning Touring Car Masters Holden Torana and RSP Director David Ryan’s famous FJ Holden all weekend.

To take advantage of these great offers and help us in celebrating Summernats and the classic cars we love, join us at the Rare Spares stand for Summernats 29!

The coveted Rare Spares Legend award will again be presented with a new industry legend being inducted to the Hall of Fame. Who will it be this year? Find out on Saturday night in the Main Arena.

*excluding vouchers and items already on special and 20% off full RRP of Rubber Kits

** For full terms and conditions see the online entry form at the Rare Spares stand. Permit No: ACT TP 15/08101

Word from a Winner – Exclusive VIP Experience at the Clipsal 500

7. April 2014 12:15 by Rare Spares in   //  Tags: , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

Mitchell, the winner of the Rare Experience promotion, had a chat to us about his VIP experience at the Clipsal 500.


For those of you who don’t remember, the Rare Experience promotion ran from the 3rd to the 5th of January at Summernats, offering one lucky winner + a friend, the whole motorsport package:

  • Return flights from your nearest capital city
  • 2 nights’ accommodation
  • General admission & pit lane access for the weekend
  • To be hosted by John Bowe & his racing team for the weekend including a dinner

Mitchell took his Father along for the weekend and raved about the experience.


“I had such a great weekend and I would love to do it again. Big thanks to Rare Spares, David Rayner, Amy Rayner, Hamilton (JB’s manger) and John Bowe for the great weekend and the experience dad and I enjoyed,”
he said.


“Adelaide is a very nice place to stay and the hotel Rare Spares set up was wonderful. The dinner with John Bowe, David Rayner and Hamilton was great and we laughed a lot and got to learn a little more about the category JB is racing in.”


“We got to do so much more then we were expecting, like the tour of Jason Bright’s pit and car. It felt like we were part of the team being able to go into pit lane as John Bowe lined up to race.


“Dad and I couldn't stop smiling the whole weekend and we couldn't believe how many great activities we got to do. Big thanks again, couldn't be happier with how the weekend went.”


Rare Spares offer our valued customers many promotional opportunities each year to win money-can’t-buy experiences, gift vouchers and more.


You can enter our current photo competition by sending in a pic of your restoration project or daily drive, for the chance to win a Rare Spares voucher! To enter click here.  

 

Rare Spares Races With Brad Jones Racing

28. February 2014 13:13 by Rare Spares in Rare Spares  //  Tags: , , ,   //   Comments (0)

Rare Spares are excited to announce their partnership with the highly successful team of Brad Jones Racing, in the BOC V8 Supercar driven by Jason Bright, competing this weekend at the Clipsal 500.

“Rare Spares are thrilled to have renewed their association with the highly successful team of Brad Jones Racing.” said David Rayner, Rare Spares General Manager.

 

“Our passion for motorsport runs deep, and over the years we’ve been involved with sponsorship of different categories including the Touring Car Master Series and other motoring and motorsport events and personalities.”

 

Brad Jones Racing have entered three cars in the 2014 V8 Supercar Series, with Jason Bright from Team BOC alongside Fabian Coulthard with Lockwood Racing and Dale Wood in the Advam Commodore.

 

BJR and Team BOC owner Kim Jones believes Rare Spares is a perfect fit for their team.

 

“Both Team BOC and Rare Spares focus on quality in everything we do”

 

The Rare Spares logo will feature on both front guards of car 8, as well as on the transporter, pit walling, Bright’s racing suit and other promotional materials. Bright will also appear at several Rare Spares events throughout 2014.

 

“We believe 2014 is going to be another fantastic year from V8 Supercar racing and we wish the best of luck to Jason Bright!”

 

Rare Spares are committed to their involvement in all aspects of Australia’s car culture, from motorsport to classic car restorations and motoring enthusiast festivals. 

Rare Spares At Summernats

14. January 2014 16:13 by Rare Spares in Rare Spares  //  Tags: , , ,   //   Comments (0)

 It is only now that we are beginning to recover from Summernats 27’!

 As official Summernats sponsors, Rare Spares have been working up to the event for months, with a strong marketing and promotions campaign that really delivered.

Two major promotions were run for Summernats, one to win a ride with burnout master Peter Gray at the event, and the other to win an ultimate motorsport experience to Clipsal 500 with flights, accommodation and ticketing included.

Both competitions were well-received and the vibe at Summernats was fantastic. The Rare Spares stand was bustling with competition entrants and people enquiring about the large range of Rare Spares products on display. As at every Nats’ a large number of staff were in attendance and couldn’t be missed with us all wearing bright Rare Spares shirts.

The Peter Gray competition winner, Danny had a blast, saying “It was wild. It was something that you can’t really describe; it was like thunder in your whole body.”

The 2014 Rare Spares Legend award was also awarded to the late John Taverna, and accepted by his partner on his behalf.

John Taverna was a street machine and drag racing legend in Australia and will be sorely missed by everyone in the street machine world and Rare Spares.

The prestigious Summernats Grand Champion award for 2014, a coveted prize only a select few will ever win was awarded to Henry Parry with his 1961 FB Holden.

If you have any great stories to share with us from Summernats, e-mail them through to Amy at arayner@rsp.net.au