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Old 30 Jan 2006, 11:59 (Ref:1511837)   #1
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Grp C/Grp A - where are they now - JPS BMW 635 CSI

I'm trying find information on the where-abouts of the JPS BMW 635 CSI cars as driven by Jim Richards at bathurst in the mid 80's.
Can anybody help with info?
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Old 30 Jan 2006, 20:05 (Ref:1512142)   #2
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A forum member used to own one of these cars!!
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Old 30 Jan 2006, 21:18 (Ref:1512207)   #3
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Wants 2 know - there were around 5 of them if memory serves - the oldest, the Group C car went on to become Jim Keoghs Group A car, the maroon one. One has been seen irregularly in ATCC in the last two seasons, but it's not David's preferred car as he also has a later M3.

The Bowdens own another one and it has come out for display from time to time.
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Old 30 Jan 2006, 22:11 (Ref:1512258)   #4
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I think there were 4.
The ex-Group C car that Keogh got
The ex-Alpina car that Crichton drove
The JPS-built 635 for Richards in 1985 (owned by Dave Towe, now sold)
The JPS-built 635 for Richards in 1986 (ended up with the Gulsons)

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Old 30 Jan 2006, 22:59 (Ref:1512320)   #5
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Bowdens own two .... one that was raced and one that was never raced.
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Old 31 Jan 2006, 07:59 (Ref:1512493)   #6
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check out the Longhurst 3 series cars on Race Cars Direct
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Old 31 Jan 2006, 09:24 (Ref:1512531)   #7
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Bowdens own two .... one that was raced and one that was never raced.

There was one that was never raced??? I always thought the Gulson car was the last one built.....

Here's a link to those E30's for sale -
http://www.racecarsdirect.com/cars/d...id=31268&cat=6
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Old 31 Jan 2006, 22:50 (Ref:1513095)   #8
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There was one that was never raced??? I always thought the Gulson car was the last one built.....
That is the way Chris told the story. Apparently it was the spare for a season and never turned a wheel in anger. When they bought the race car the deal from BMW was that they had to take the "spare" as well - sight unseen (this was after BMW spent crazy money restoring the race car and the decided it was no longer required) - a fire sale if you like. As it turned out the "spare" was a fully built, race spec car in pristine condition.......

Send them an e-mail - they will have all the chassis details etc.
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Old 1 Feb 2006, 07:52 (Ref:1513274)   #9
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My old car is now owned by Adrian Brady who plans on a full resto. then racing in historics. It was the 85 ATCC winning car with Richards at the wheel number 62 in Group A spec.
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Old 6 Mar 2008, 06:49 (Ref:2145407)   #10
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Unless they are very good replicas there are two of these in New Zealand, one owned by Graham Dodd in his private collection in Christchurch and the other owned and still raced by Jim Boult of Queenstown (most recently raced at the Skope Classic at Ruapuna Feb 2008).
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Old 6 Mar 2008, 07:01 (Ref:2145414)   #11
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Just further to that i have photos of the Graham Dodd car which I'm happy to email to someone if they would like to post them here (I don't know how to do it!).
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Old 6 Mar 2008, 09:47 (Ref:2145481)   #12
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I believe Graham Dodd's car is an ex JPS/Archibald car from 1986.
Jim Boult's car is the the second JPS Group C car (built from a GpA bodyshell), converted back to GpA early 1985, used by Neville Creighton for Winton, then sold to Jim Keogh.
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Old 6 Mar 2008, 15:49 (Ref:2145716)   #13
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Wants 2 know - there were around 5 of them if memory serves - the oldest, the Group C car went on to become Jim Keoghs Group A car, the maroon one. One has been seen irregularly in ATCC in the last two seasons, but it's not David's preferred car as he also has a later M3.

The Bowdens own another one and it has come out for display from time to time.
There were two Group C 635s, the first one built for the 1981 season for Allan Grice, was driven in 1982 at select events by Jim Richards, last raced at Bathurst in 1982 by Denny Hulme/Stephen Brook....AFAIK this car is still around & still in Group C trim.

The other one was built for Bathurst 1982, and used by the team through to end of the formula in 1984. As mentioned this car was converted to Group A specs by Frank Gardner's team, run by Neville Crichton in the first few rounds of the 1985 ATCC (Crichton's car was on a ship over from NZ after the NZ series), and later in the year was bought by Jim Keogh.
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Old 17 Jun 2008, 12:58 (Ref:2230745)   #14
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The ex Jim Keogh car WAS a Group C car, I can say this as it was bought by a friend of mine Peter Hudson and run by Peter, my dad Ian Carrig and Ian Clark in the 1989 Pepsi 300 at Oran Park, the 1989 and 1990Sandown 500 and dad drove it at an ATCC round in 1990 at Phillip Island. It was the car that had the periscope camera in it as the patch could be seen in the roof. Peter sold it in 1991 to Jim Boult in New Zealand.
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Old 10 Jul 2009, 03:19 (Ref:2498731)   #15
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Just an update on this, Jim Boult sold his car to Peter Sturgeon in Christchurch earlier this year.

So if my understanding is correct, we have:

1. The first Group C car built in 1981 for Grice and still possibly around somewhere in Grp C trim. Possibly one of the Bowdens ones?

2. The second Group C car built for Jim Richards in 1982. Run by Neville Crichton at Winton in 1985, then to Jim Keogh, Jim Boult and now Peter Sturgeon. This was the car with the periscope camera fitted.

3. The first Group A car in which Jim won the 1985 ATCC, bought by Jim then David Towe and now with Adrian Brady.

4. The JPS / Archibald Grp A car built for Neville Crichton in 1985, now with Graham Dodd in Christchurch.

5. The final Grp A car built but never raced, also with Bowdens.

Sound about right?
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