John Bowe‘s Flying B at Bathurst 12 Hour

4. March 2015 11:15 by Rare Spares in Rare Spares  //  Tags: , , ,   //   Comments (0)

Aussie motor racing legend and Rare Spares ambassador John Bowe certainly raced in style at this year’s Bathurst 12 Hour, taking to Australia’s most iconic circuit as part of the Flying B Racing team in a Bentley Continental GT.

With over thirty year’s experience at Mount Panorama and five wins spanning the Bathurst 1000 and Bathurst 12hr alike, Bowe was looking forward to utilising his experience and race the classic Marque at Bathurst in 2015.

The lead up to the 2015 event was challenging for Flying B Racing, and in testing the drivers found a severe vibration coming through the steering from the front end.

After swapping out nearly every part in the steering system, it took the arrival of some Bentley factory team members arriving from England with a complete new front end that the problem was solved and the drivers could concentrate on car setup.

Bowe was partnered with Aussie racing legend David Brabham and vehicle owner Peter Edwards for the race and after some tweaks during practice, managed a respectable 15th in qualifying.

The Ferrari 458 of sister team Maranello Motorsport had not fared so well, ending with a huge crash in practice with Tony D’alberto behind the wheel, rendering the car unrepairable for the race.

The race began before dawn and under the headlights the full field provided an incredible spectacle as they raced up and down the mountain, as campers cooked breakfast from camping locations and headed for the stands.

The Flying B Racing Bentley in race trim proved to be a solid machine and the team were on track for a solid result until an Aston Martin punted David Brabham into the wall, resulting in a DNF for the team.

“It was a fantastic event, as it has been for a few years. But the disappointment is really acute when stuff goes wrong at Bathurst. Other than my stupid rookie mistake on my first out lap the whole Flying B Racing team performed faultlessly. Great strategy and pit stops and a real joy to work with. They deserved better” said John Bowe.

"Anyway, congratulations to the Nissan team, to Liqui-Moly Australia for helping to create an amazing event, and the promoter James O'Brien who has masterminded the race onto a global scale”  

All Ford Sunday

24. February 2015 14:22 by Rare Spares in Rare Spares  //  Tags: , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

Rare Spares were proud to sponsor the 24th annual Kiwanis All Ford Day.

Held on Sunday 15th Feb at Deakin University, Waun Ponds Geelong in Victoria, the All Ford Day  turned on some beautiful summer weather which resulted in the largest event on record.


Over 7,000 spectators joined in the automotive celebrations of all things Ford, to view over 1,300 vehicles on display. There was a great range of all type of Fords, young and old and included both racing machinery and street cars. 

Event Organiser Graeme Munro was in awe at the success of the event this year.

“It was a magnificent event and the best we have ever held over our 24 year history. The quality of the cars was up on previous years, the huge crowds enjoyed it and the weather was perfect.”   

“The All Ford Sunday is the biggest Ford show in Australia and we are looking forward to going again in 2015”

Rare Spares set up a trade stand at the event and were inundated by restoration enthusiasts, making part enquiries and entering the Rare Spares promotion, where a lucky spectator had a chance to win a Rare Spares product voucher.

“We are very happy to have Rare Spares involved and they are one of our club’s gold sponsors. They also assisted in getting John Bowe to attend the event, so we are very thankful to their support” said Munro.

Rare Spares Ambassador and Ford man John Bowe was on hand at the Rare Spares stand signing autographs and taking part in the trophy presentation amongst other motor racing legends including Allan Moffat and Jim Richards.

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Auto One Rare Spares Super Saturday

18. December 2014 15:06 by Rare Spares in Rare Spares  //  Tags: , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

Auto One Rare Spares Roxburgh Park held a ‘Super Saturday Sale’ as a Christmas get together that provided customers the opportunity to stock up on gifts and car parts before the break and take in all the activities and special guests in attendance.

Held on 13th December, the all day sale offered 20% off storewide and adding to the bargains on offer, a BBQ and refreshments were offered to feed the masses.

Thanks to a lucky door prize, two winners walked…or should we say rode away, in new mountain bikes.

The Christmas spirit was alive and well with Santa making an appearance despite his busy schedule.  Kids were able to take some selfies with the man himself and also receive lolly bags. If that wasn’t enough, a Jumping Castle certainly provided fun times for the kids in attendance.

Rare Spares royalty in the form of racing legend John Bowe also came down to mingle with the crowds and as always was happy to have a good yarn and share the passion for cars with other enthusiasts.  

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Bathurst vs Bathurst: A Tale of Two Events with John Bowe

25. November 2014 12:56 by Rare Spares in   //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (0)

Aussie motor racing legend and Rare Spares ambassador John Bowe is certainly well versed in two special Australian motor races, The Bathurst 1000 and the Bathurst 12 Hour.

Bowe has spent 30 years venturing to Mount Panorama, completing more laps around the circuit than most and winning ‘The Great Race’ twice and the Bathurst 12 Hour on three occasions.

John recalls his first time racing at the Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama in 1985, which was a Volvo 240T from New Zealand he drove with Robbie Francevic.  

“My first event was a culture shock. It was only my second race in Touring Cars so the whole event and the track itself were overwhelming. It was the beginning of a learning process of both racing in the top Australian tier and driving the mountain itself.”

 “The Bathurst 1000 is steeped in Australian tradition and has been a cultural event since its inception decades ago. It has featured our Aussie hero cars and many hero drivers on display in front of the masses in the crowds and on TV for a long time.”

The Bathurst 12 hour was originally created for series production cars to showcase their abilities in racing to the general public who were able to purchase something nearly identical from the showroom floor, which includes the GT spec cars that are available to buy in race format.   

The event ran for a few years in the early 1990’s however was discontinued until 2007 when it was revived. It was in 2011 that the event introduced GT cars, adding a more professional level of competition and opening up the event to international teams that had GT spec machinery.  

“Being a GT race now, the event has gone to another level. The event is much more visible on an international stage and builds higher credibility each year.”

“The Bathurst 12 hour is similar in many ways to the older days of the Bathurst 1000. It has a wide variety of marques competing and large speed differences between some of the cars, which certainly creates an interesting and very different dynamic to the modern Bathurst 1000.”

  “These days the Bathurst 1000 is just a long sprint event and is very tactical, with cars now finishing the race only seconds apart, whereas in the earlier years of the event, it was minutes, so the racing is incredibly close, no doubt about it. This year proved that.” 

The Bathurst 1000 is still the centrepiece of the motor sport calendar in Australia but that doesn’t mean both events can’t co-exist nicely as two separate style events.

“The Bathurst 1000 is a flamboyant event, with more pomp and ceremony attached to it, similar to NASCAR. The crowds are huge every year.”

With the Bathurst 12 Hour gaining momentum, a stable naming rights sponsor and a healthy field with increasing numbers of international teams heading across the world for the event, some believe the B12H is a threat to the Bathurst 1000. However Bowe doesn’t see it that way.

 “I don’t think the 12 Hour is a threat to the 1000 as I don’t think the events cross pollinate at all. The status of the Bathurst 12 Hour will continue to grow though and I’m sure in next few years it will become one of the major race events on the world motorsport calendar.”

In terms of driving the two events, both are physically and mentally challenging and take an immense amount of concentration over a long period. The Bathurst 1000 consists of the main driver, with a co-driver allocated to share driving duties. The B12H regulations allow up to 4 drivers per car, with a mix of professional and amateur drives being the requirement.

“We are attracting huge names now in the Bathurst 12 hour. This year, I teamed up with ex Formula One driver Mika Salo as part of the Maranello Motorsport team and there is many high level drivers from around the world now taking part in the event”.  

“I haven’t talked to a single international driver who has raced at Bathurst for the first time and not been in awe at what an amazing track it is.”

Controversy erupted between the two events recently, with a date clash between the 2015 Bathurst 12 Hour and the V8 Supercar season launch/test day, ruling out a number of V8 Supercar drivers who were planning to compete.

 “It’s wrong that it clashed. I understand why, but all of the relevant parties, and there are a few, should have all come together and had more concern for the interest of Australian motorsport in general. I hope in 2016 we won’t see a repeat of the clash.”

Irrespective of whether it is the Bathurst 12 Hour or the Bathurst 1000, Mount Panorama is a  special place, steeped in history with countless tales of sheer heartbreak, mixed with moments of elation with success.

The future of both events remain bright and having two fantastic events at Mount Panorama is a win for all motorsport enthusiasts not only in Australia, but around the world.



Rare Spares Bayswater Project Partner Night

20. November 2014 15:33 by Rare Spares in Rare Spares  //  Tags: , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

For a group of lucky car clubs, the evening of Wednesday 12th November was the date of a special Project Partner night at Rare Spares Bayswater.

A group of Rare Spares Loyalty Member Clubs were invited to the evening, including the Lions Pride Holden Car Club, the Eastside Cruisers, Southern Early Holden Club and the
Early Model Holden Club.

A perfectly warm Spring evening encouraged a large number of car club members to bring down their special machines and enjoy the benefits of the Project Partners night.

Not only did the 20% off storewide prove a winner for those looking for new parts for their own project, but there was a great bunch of door prizes on offer.

The lucky first place recipient took home the awesome prize of a TCM Hot Lap around Phillip Island. Runner up prize was a double pass to Phillip Island and a Pit Tour, with 3rd and 4th prizes a $100 Rare Spares voucher and Rare Spares merchandise pack respectively.

With Pizza provided for dinner, everyone had more time to spend mingling with the huge number of high profile special guests who joined the night.

Aussie racing legends John Bowe and Jim Richards joined V8 Supercar star Jason Bright  and a group for TCM greats including Les Walmsley, Tony Hunter, Wayne Mercer and Gary O’Brian.

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