John Bowe Gets the Pulse Racing
15 April 2011
John Bowe, aka "JB", has a career in Australia Motorsport spanning over 40 plus years that is showing no signs of slowing down. Indeed what a career it has been! JB is the only driver to win the Australian Drivers Championship, the Australian Sports Car championship and the Australian Touring Car championship and is a 5 times Bathurst podium finisher including Twice outright Bathurst winner.. A true legend of the ‘’Mountain’’
Kicking off his career at the age of 16, JB has raced just about everything there is to race including Formula vees, twos, threes and the brutal Formula 5000’s.
Like most racers, he honed his career in open wheelers during his early career before making his touring car debut in 1985 at the Sandown 500. He soon after established himself as a first class driver in the country’s premier racing category.
Bowes famous association with Dick Johnson started in 1988. JB had a successful 11 year partnership with DJR resulting in numerous victories and most importantly, two outright Bathurst 1000 victories.
From DJR, JB was a hired gun driving to many victories for Caterpillar Racing, Brad Jones Racing and Paul Cruikshank Racing. Retiring full time from the V8 Supercar Travelling circus in 2007, JB knew he had succeeded in this highly competitive world of supercars.
In late 2007, JB decided to go back to his grass roots of racing and join the premier V8 support car class in the Touring car masters series. He invested in his own car, a classic iconic race muscle machine: a 69 Boss Mustang.
What a weapon with 650hp and capable of 295kmh down Conrad straight - not too different to a current V8 Supercar except however, Mustang Sally is 42 years old! Combine it with BIG rubber, BIG sound & BIG performance and you have the most exciting racing around today.
You will see JB at track near you this coming season, get behind him in his Coates Hire Mustang, come up and say g’day to a good friend of Coates Hire ‘’JB’’