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TS50
11th August 2017, 04:41 PM
http://www.supercars.com/news/championship/johnsons-push-to-bring-tru-blu-falcon-to-tcm/?sf105248589=1


Johnsons push to bring Tru-Blu Falcon to TCM
2 hours ago By Stefan Bartholomaeus, Mark Pryor Photography Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
Memories of Dick Johnson’s iconic Tru-Blu Ford Falcon will come flooding back at Supercars events if a push to allow the XD model into the Touring Car Masters comes to fruition.

Team Johnson, which was established this year and runs a Ford Mustang for Dick’s son Steven in the TCM, has approached category organisers about extending the current eligibility to accommodate an XD.

The category’s current cut-off is 1978 – two years prior to the XD’s debut year, where Johnson famously struck a rock in the Tru-Blu Steel Tubing-backed entry while leading the Bathurst 1000.

It was a moment that started the Johnson legend, with a fundraising drive on the day’s telecast helping the Queenslander build a replacement car that went on to win the Australian Touring Car Championship and Bathurst the following season.

That car was sold to the Bowden family in 2007 amid Dick Johnson Racing’s highly publicised financial problems, but was driven by Johnson as recently as last month at the Noosa Hillclimb.

Team Johnson’s plan would see a fresh XD built and raced in Tru-Blu colours by Steven, who was seven years old when the original was being built in the garage at the Johnson family home in 1980.

“We’re trying to put it together,” Dick Johnson told Supercars.com of the TCM plan.

“I think there’s a bit of a need for it and (TCM director) Tony Hunter thinks it’s a good idea so we’re pursuing it.

“It’s right on the edge of what’s currently run in TCM and I think most people remember and can relate to the Tru-Blu era.

“For me, any car that won a race was my favourite and for that car to have won two championships (1981 and ’82) and a Bathurst it probably had the best results of anything.

Steven and Dick working on Team Johnson's Mustang Steven and Dick working on Team Johnson's Mustang

“To see Steven driving one would be pretty special. He was a real pest when we were building the original, always making a nuisance of himself!”

TCM organisers say that the category’s eligibility rules are currently being discussed with the sport’s governing body, CAMS.

“TCM and CAMS are currently working on the TCM technical regulations for the long-term future and sustainability of the category, however at this point no decisions have been reached regarding future model eligibility,” said a spokesman.

Steven Johnson sits third in the current TCM standings aboard the ex-John Bowe Mustang owned by businessman Tony Warner.

Now 72, Dick says he has no desire to get behind the wheel of a TCM car but will make a rare track appearance at the upcoming World Time Attack at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Johnson will drive a New South Wales Highway Patrol Car in the ‘Flying 500’ segment of the October 13-14 event, aiming to clock the highest possible speed on the front straight.

The FPV GT F was tuned for Highway Patrol duties by DJR and Ford performance specialist Rob Herrod back in 2014 and delivers 600kw.

“Steven is going to be there driving a (Nissan) GT-R in the Time Attack itself and a mate asked if I wanted to come along to drive the Patrol Car,” Johnson explained.

“It’s a bloody good thing to drive but it’s got a big handbrake on the roof with those lights, which might hold us back a little!”

Steven will meanwhile be in action at Sydney Motorsport Park during the upcoming Red Rooster Sydney SuperSprint, racing as a guest in the Toyota 86 Racing Series.

FTe217
11th August 2017, 06:40 PM
I've never been a massive fan of Mustang Sally. Its that later Mustang thing.
The late 60's versions look the part for me, Seto in that tuff looking black one.
Moff Stang was the ultimate fast back whereas Sally doesn't come near it to me.
Yer bring on Tru Blue heck why not a couple of 77 coupes :) show up the retro yank imposter :highly_amused: come in spinna.

handbrake on the roof, might hold us back a little.
One thing is for sure we sure miss the good ol aussie vernacular. We've had hi levi and chilli to the point of puke and check this out all too much to bare.

TS50
11th August 2017, 07:02 PM
isn't Mustang Sally a 69 version?
same year as Moffstang?

4Vman
11th August 2017, 07:25 PM
Sally and Moffstang both 69/70 body shape.

FTe217
11th August 2017, 07:26 PM
not sure, doesn't look the same unless mackula is coming on .
Moffs is '69 don't know Sallys- feck just checked it is '69 lol.....I suppose I'm very one eyed there haha.

TS50
11th August 2017, 08:20 PM
wasn't there a few different noses the mustangs used in 69/70?
Got to remember that the Moffstang was a TransAm car

andrewforbes
11th August 2017, 09:27 PM
I'm all for it, bring back the tru blu

4Vman
11th August 2017, 11:33 PM
wasn't there a few different noses the mustangs used in 69/70?

Got to remember that the Moffstang was a TransAm car

Both 69 fronts

https://cdn.barrett-jackson.com/staging/carlist/items/Fullsize/Cars/139289/139289_Front_3-4_Web.jpg


http://media.speedcafe.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Team-Johnson-640x427.jpg
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2576/4152578231_25efc57089.jpg

WASP
17th August 2017, 08:44 PM
The Moff Stang was based on the BOSS 302 in both look and mechanical. http://www.bowdensown.com.au/collection/allan-moffats-1969-ta-mustang

Mustang Sally is also a 69 with the same fast back body shell. Pretty sure it's based on the Trans Am Boss 302 as well but not 100%. The paint job and stance on Mustang Sally is quite different to Moff's. This does tend to make it look less cohesive.


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FTe217
17th August 2017, 09:25 PM
Absolutely Col, hence why I never took a 2nd look at Mustang Sally - its never had a decent livery so my eyes glance and turn next please whereas Moffstang means business !

andrewforbes
23rd August 2017, 08:30 PM
Just saw a post saying true blue is back to run in TCM. Can anyone confirm?

TS50
23rd August 2017, 08:42 PM
Just saw a post saying true blue is back to run in TCM. Can anyone confirm?

AutoFiction are rnning the story is a done deal
But hasnt been confirmed by Johnson racing or tcM

4Vman
23rd August 2017, 09:01 PM
I'm hearing for 19 season.

XD started 1979, and it will take them 12 months to build one.

TS50
23rd August 2017, 09:19 PM
and cars are suppossed to be 40 years old to race in the TCM

who raced the first XD?

4Vman
23rd August 2017, 09:27 PM
and cars are suppossed to be 40 years old to race in the TCM

who raced the first XD?

Dick raced it first in early 80

TS50
23rd August 2017, 09:35 PM
Dick raced it first in early 80

are you sure? Thinking about it I think it was Garry Wilmington that first had a xd on the track
I just looked up a web page, only 2 XD's ran in the 1980 touring car championship (First year that Moff didn't race in it) and only Wilmington and Murry Carter
i was actually thinking it may have been English, but cant see him listed

4Vman
23rd August 2017, 09:39 PM
are you sure? Thinking about it I think it was Garry Wilmington that first had a xd on the track
I just looked up a web page, only 2 XD's ran in the 1980 touring car championship (First year that Moff didn't race in it) and only Wilmington and Murry Carter
i was actually thinking it may have been English, but cant see him listed

Murray Carter rings a bell.

TS50
23rd August 2017, 09:53 PM
Moffat at the last minute did a yellow XD (Federation insurance was it?) for Bathurst (did it do Sandown?, NO, he drove 25 MHDT Commodore at Sandown, how could i forget)
It didnt last long ( 3 laps)

FTe217
24th August 2017, 08:57 AM
Yep, Willmington had the first track XD - light metallic blue from memory, hardly had any sponsorship decals on it.

I was reading through Auto Fiction the last couple of days Aug edition can't recall anything on Tru Blue, was it the edition before Slow ?

TS50
24th August 2017, 09:50 AM
On facebook, its the one that is released today Maurie

yeah I thought it was Willimgton

English also rings a bell for a early XD too

FTe217
24th August 2017, 11:01 AM
Some ol info I found but I can't find a original pic of it as yet.....
Garry Willmington built the very first XD race car in 1979, it didn’t have the front air-dam spoiler but had the big signature wheel arches and the lip spoiler on the boot. "He went to a Ford dealership and bought a brand new XD and put an aluminium rollcage in it," explains Neville, "but it was really heavy because he’d bought the V8 with a manual. He did a lot of work with Murray Carter and they discovered if they bought a 3.3 column-shift with poverty pack it was much lighter and easier to homologate to reach the required weight
https://www.tradeuniquecars.com.au/feature-cars/1505/ex-garry-willmington-xd-group-c-falcon

4Vman
24th August 2017, 11:03 AM
Some ol info I found but I can't find a original pic of it as yet.....
Garry Willmington built the very first XD race car in 1979, it didn’t have the front air-dam spoiler but had the big signature wheel arches and the lip spoiler on the boot. "He went to a Ford dealership and bought a brand new XD and put an aluminium rollcage in it," explains Neville, "but it was really heavy because he’d bought the V8 with a manual. He did a lot of work with Murray Carter and they discovered if they bought a 3.3 column-shift with poverty pack it was much lighter and easier to homologate to reach the required weight
https://www.tradeuniquecars.com.au/feature-cars/1505/ex-garry-willmington-xd-group-c-falcon

That's the car ive been racking my brain over!!

This is why Dick Johnson's car was 80kg lighter then everyone elses.

TS50
24th August 2017, 11:18 AM
was it like a powder blue?

FTe217
24th August 2017, 11:59 AM
It was this one.....https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcR0hVVsSw_Qja-7S7tKABTuGnvloOp74PvZwRdlEparZYTX4WUkpg

I know sometime ago I had found a pic of it on the grid - just can't find it now.

4Vman
24th August 2017, 12:02 PM
https://i.pinimg.com/736x/04/f1/a2/04f1a2db5a1726a7cf2bb5aed6958116--ford-falcon-australia-group.jpg

TS50
24th August 2017, 12:11 PM
I am with Maurie, that is the blue i can remember it first as
the yellow one was a later version (either same car changed, or another car, I cant tell you)
Well that goes from my memory

4Vman
24th August 2017, 12:13 PM
I am with Maurie, that is the blue i can remember it first as
the yellow one was a later version (either same car changed, or another car, I cant tell you)
Well that goes from my memory

Yeah i remember it was blue to begin with, there's a picture of it at Sandown with no front spoiler.

FTe217
24th August 2017, 12:16 PM
yer thats after his first appearance in the XD.
I recall that 1st race, it looked just as a showroom car in that pale metallic blue (having been a rushed preparation just to have it on the track) for I was hanging to see what the new racing Ford was going to look like if at all at that stage.
Rd1 at Symmons Willmington finished in the points..
Carter appeared with his XD Rd2 at Calder finished in 3rd place.
Only 2 XD's competing in '80.

4Vman
24th August 2017, 12:21 PM
Bathurst 1980.

Polaris blue, same color as my Mums XD was.

http://cdn1.bigcommerce.com/server700/yv47z/products/7367/images/6287/80776__15641.1371884884.1280.1280.jpg?c=2

FTe217
24th August 2017, 12:28 PM
yep thats the blue ! good find, at least we got the colour.
So Bathurst first weekend of October.
Symmons was March - the XD was very naked back then I recall it.