Ford V8 Supercar No More?

2. February 2015 16:47 by Rare Spares in Rare Spares  //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (0)

After Ford Australia announced in May 2013 that it would be closing its manufacturing operations in Australia by 2016, naturally questions started to be asked about Ford’s continuing involvement in V8 Supercars and its financial support of the factory team Ford Performance Racing.

The signs weren't promising and on 1st December 2013, Ford President Bob Graziano officially confirmed that Ford would be withdrawing financial support from V8 Supercars at the end of 2015, with a total withdrawal from the category at the end of 2016.  

Ford fans were on the whole extremely saddened, as the brand they have cheered for, shed tears with and owned themselves would no long have support of the manufacturer. Fords continued participation in the series moving forward was also now under a cloud.

Tim Edwards who is Team Principal of Prodrive Racing Australia (PRA), commonly known as Ford Performance Racing (FPR), also confirmed the decision and made the following statement.

“Ford Australia’s decision to not extend its commercial relationship with our team beyond the end of next season is extremely disappointing for our large and loyal fan base, but as a business this decision now allows us to concentrate on our long-term future,” Edwards said.

“We have enjoyed a highly-successful relationship with Ford Australia with just shy of 50 race wins, 150 podiums and the last two Bathurst 1000 crowns together.”

It is expected both PRA and Dick Johnson Racing Team Penske (DJRTP) will continue to campaign the new Ford Falcon FG X being debuted this year through 2015 and 2016, however the future of both the Falcon and Ford in V8 Supercars is now the new question on everyone’s lips.

In 2017 V8 Supercars will reinvigorate the category with the new ‘Gen2’ rules package. This new technical framework opens up engine and body shape regulations which will allow turbo charged four and six cylinder engines to run alongside the existing V8 engines.

The other large change will be to free up the body shape eligibility, and combined with the new engine allowances, has been designed to entice more manufacturers to the sport.

Whether this means a Ford Mustang could potentially be competing in V8 Supercars from 2017 onwards is purely speculation, but it would be a welcome inclusion to the die-hard Ford fans, who have been cheering on the Blue Oval since the company first started its involvement in Australian motor racing in the 1960’s.

The ‘Ford Works Team (Australia)’ was the first Australian motor racing team to be supported by Ford Australia after its formation in 1962 and at that years Armstrong 500 held at Phillip Island, Harry Firth and Bob Jane drove their Ford Falcon XL to victory.

This began an incredible journey of Ford in motor racing in Australia with many unforgettable moments, including of course the unforgettable moment that Alan Moffat and Colin Bond completed a 1 -2 finish in perfect formation at Bathurst in 1977.

Ford currently holds twenty three Australian Touring Car Championship titles, versus Holden’s nineteen titles and Ford has proudly won Bathurst a total of twenty times over the events history.

For most Ford fans, the passion for the Blue Oval will remain irrespective of Ford’s involvement in V8 Supercars moving forward, however Australian motorsport would be all the better if the iconic and truly aussie Ford vs Holden rivalry could remain for years to come.

 

 

Rare Spares Launch New Television Commercials

Rare Spares have launched two new television commercials which will be aired on 7Mate throughout the remainder of the year, so keep an eye out!

The commercials are designed to relate to car enthusiasts and feature old, rusty vehicles being restored back to new from tail to bonnet, with a voice over communicating Rare Spares key messages around their new slogan ‘more than just a part in your project’.

Officially endorsed by Holden and Ford, Rare Spares have two partner programs, ‘Holden Restoration Parts’ and ‘Ford Restoration Parts’. These logos feature prominently in the advertisements, which use a classic Holden and Ford as restoration projects.

The first features an old Holden Monaro being restored to new – Click below To View

http://rarespares.net.au/news/tvcholden.aspx

The second features an old XA Ford Coupe being restored to its former glory – Click below to View 

http://rarespares.net.au/news/tvcford.aspx

 

RARE SPARES….. More than just a part in you project.

Rare Spares Ambassador John Bowe Remains In The Lead After Round 4 Of The Touring Car Masters Championship

31. July 2013 11:15 by Rare Spares in   //  Tags: , , ,   //   Comments (0)

Rare Spares is a proud sponsor of the Touring Car Masters Championship. Round 4 of the Championship took place at Queensland Raceway, Ipswich last weekend (July 27-28).

Rare Spares ambassador John Bowe remains in the lead after this round, achieving two victories over the weekend in his Ford Mustang Sally.

In Saturday’s practice sessions, Bowe completed the fastest lap of 1:18:4306s around Ipswich’s 3.12km circuit.

Topping both of the practice sessions, Bowe went on to win the first of the three races which took place over the weekend.

On Sunday’s first race, rival Jim Richards took the lead, with Bowe coming in second above Andrew Miedecke. In race two, Bowe charged back into the lead, securing his position in the lead of the championship.

“It was a real tribute to the boys in my little team John Bowe Racing to win the opening race on Saturday - they delivered a race car that could not have been any better despite 6700 rpm and 1680kg,” said Bowe.

Four more rounds remain of the season, with round 5 set to take place at Sydney Motorsport Park from August 30th – September 1st.

Rare Spares congratulate Bowe in his efforts over the weekend. Stay tuned for updates on the remaining championship rounds.

 

 

Win A Day In The Drivers’ Den with Cameron McConville!


Rare Spares are offering two lucky winners an incredible HSV Drive experience with our Ambassador Cameron McConville.

 

Don’t just meet Cameron McConville, join him for a lap around the track and a full day thrill-seeker experience, learning the tricks of the trade. Improve your skills behind the wheel and enjoy a refreshing lunch with this fantastic prize offering from Rare Spares.

 Valued at over $650 The Day in the Drivers’ Den package includes:

  • The chance to meet Cameron McConville and other top racing drivers

  • Experience the GEN-F range: drive the 430kW GTS, the race-bred ClubSport R8, the tradesman’s nirvana, the Maloo R8, the sophisticated Senator Signature and the ultimate freedom machine, the ClubSport R8 Tourer.

  • Learn new skills around circuit driving, understeer/oversteer, ABS and swerve manoeuvres, seating and steering technique and more.

  • A lap around the track with Cameron McConville

  • A smorgasbord lunch with refreshments throughout the day

                   "The ultimate HSV drive experience is for any thrill seeker looking to enhance their driving skills in an action-packed day on the track" 

Cameron McConville

 To enter this promotion click here!

Entries close 3pm on July 23rd 2013. 

 

Rare Spares would like to welcome you to our new blog!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Visit our blog for weekly updates on what we’ve been up to and any exciting projects we have underway. 

 We will keep you informed with regular updates on:

 • News from local distributors 

• News on new products

• The latest from our major sponsorships Touring Car Masters and V8 Utes 

• What’s happening in the world of our ambassadors John Bowe and Cameron McConville

• Promotions and updates from our social media space

• News on national Car Clubs and the rare spares loyalty program

 
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