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 similar car 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 year’s title chase as well.
With two rounds remaining after Sandown Park this weekend, Bowe has a healthy 109-point lead over Jim Richards in the Outright class and a 28-point break over Steve Mason in the Pro-Sportsman category.
Aside from the engine issue in Perth, Bowe’s car has been terrific all year and is still going very well despite the weight penalty. He believes Sandown will be a challenge, but having won 10 races this year, he feels very confident about racing here.