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Old 31 Oct 2014, 04:42 (Ref:3470157)   #31
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What would be cool to see would be someone else driving Mr Bowe's Mustang Sally next season, and he moves to a different brand of car.

Would then shut down a lot of noise around that the car is simply too quick... when in reality the pilot is definitely in full sync with that old girl..

What would be fun to see would be Mr Bowe in a Porsche 911. Wonder if Synergy Race Engines have ever hotted up a flat 6 before?
Interesting that JB's machine is running a 5.6l engine and many of the others have 5.8l engines, so the quality of the driver could be the difference.........just look at how Jimmy embarrasses everyone with only a 4.7l engine.
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Old 31 Oct 2014, 05:02 (Ref:3470158)   #32
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Would then shut down a lot of noise around that the car is simply too quick... when in reality the pilot is definitely in full sync with that old girl..
I forget exactly what year it was I looked up for TCM times at Bathurst, 2 or 3 years ago I think, but this year's pole was a good 2.5 sec faster. Now either JB is getting faster or the car is. Coincidentally that was the same margin back to Miedecke in 2nd place. You wonder why they are putting the effort into improving the car, chasing hp etc only to end up with lead trophies.
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Old 31 Oct 2014, 05:31 (Ref:3470159)   #33
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I forget exactly what year it was I looked up for TCM times at Bathurst, 2 or 3 years ago I think, but this year's pole was a good 2.5 sec faster. Now either JB is getting faster or the car is. Coincidentally that was the same margin back to Miedecke in 2nd place. You wonder why they are putting the effort into improving the car, chasing hp etc only to end up with lead trophies.
Don't forget that the track was re-surfaced for this year - appears that everything has been running quicker.

Your last point is about the nature of competition, motor sport and the constant desire to improve - regardless of whether it's for a trophy, to go from 20th to 10th place or a big bag of cash, it is why many are in the sport at all.
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Old 31 Oct 2014, 22:52 (Ref:3470348)   #34
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I forget exactly what year it was I looked up for TCM times at Bathurst, 2 or 3 years ago I think, but this year's pole was a good 2.5 sec faster. Now either JB is getting faster or the car is. Coincidentally that was the same margin back to Miedecke in 2nd place. You wonder why they are putting the effort into improving the car, chasing hp etc only to end up with lead trophies.
JB's been driving that thing for a few years now and its been the recipient of continuous development. It had a big birthday right after the previous Bathurst run.
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Old 31 Oct 2014, 22:54 (Ref:3470351)   #35
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Jim Richards AMC Javelin wasn't raced here either, but it was good to see it in the series.
Sadly its not raced here now... still in rebuild...
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Sadly its not raced here now... still in rebuild...
Yes, I think it's not easy to get parts these days.
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Yes, I think it's not easy to get parts these days.
There is one running in the Trans Am field in Queensland isnt there, perhaps not to the same spec..
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Yes, I think it's not easy to get parts these days.
It's even harder to find the money to fix it.
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It's even harder to find the money to fix it.
That too.
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Yes, I think it's not easy to get parts these days.
I thought the body shape was still in production in South America? Mexico? until fairly recently...then again, you know what thought thought
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http://www.speedcafe.com/2014/11/14/...title-defence/

Anyone else surprised that a TCM front runner can't find a new engine - somehow - in his home stage?
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Old 14 Nov 2014, 09:25 (Ref:3474486)   #42
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TCM Competior had parts Stolen

The Melbourne's Cheapest Cars TCM Team had engines and a large range of parts stolen keep a look and ear out.

This kind of action is happening way more often.

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Old 14 Nov 2014, 09:28 (Ref:3474488)   #43
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A contributing factor may be Bowe's dominance...? (over 1.5 sec under the record...!!!)

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John Bowe (Mustang Sally) dominated the practice sessions by lapping comfortably under the existing TCM qualifying record.
Bowe was easily under the TCM race lap record set last year..."

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Pos Car    Driver       Vehicle              Cap   Laps   Fastest.Lap
 1   18    John Bowe    Mustang Trans Am     5600   7     1:41.4954

 Current Practice Record Is 1:42.9587 Set On 22/11/2013
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Anyone else surprised that a TCM front runner can't find a new engine - somehow - in his home stage?
He is running a very high spec 289 with lots of (MIck Webb) special bits so those engines would be very thin on the ground and very $$$$ expensive , Jim has won just about everything there is to win a few times over so not winning here would hardly put a dent in his silverware cupboard
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He is running a very high spec 289 with lots of (MIck Webb) special bits so those engines would be very thin on the ground and very $$$$ expensive , Jim has won just about everything there is to win a few times over so not winning here would hardly put a dent in his silverware cupboard
In my view if you're competing in a national series as a front runner with significant TV exposure for your sponsor, having a spare engine, gearbox and other major components is a fairly basic requirement. I suppose at the end of the day it comes down to what Shannons expect and are willing to fund.
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