Tru-Blu re­united with DJ at Lake­side

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Dick John­son and his fa­mous Tru-Blu XD Fal­con re­turned ear­lier this year to the scene of one of their big­gest tri­umphs to­gether, Bris­bane’s Lake­side cir­cuit. Tru-Blu added some nos­tal­gic spice to Dick John­son Rac­ing’s 2014 V8 Su­per­car sea­son launch and cor­po­rate ride day. It also proved to be a ma­jor draw­card for spec­ta­tors in its own right. Its pres­ence was cour­tesy of its cus­to­di­ans, Bow­den’s Own Pre­mium Car Care. “In one word, the day was ‘fan­tas­tic’,” Chris Bow­den said. “Dick was cer­tainly most ea­ger to get back in it at his favourite race track and it was all very well re­ceived,” he said.

John­son said he rel­ished the op­por­tu­nity to ‘re­live’ a piv­otal ca­reer mo­ment: wrap­ping up the 1981 Aus­tralian Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship at the cir­cuit.

“I’ve got a lot weaker over the years and it hasn’t got power-steer­ing, so it is very heavy on the steer­ing, but it is still a good car to drive. We had a lot of suc­cess here in that car and not only here, but just about ev­ery track in Aus­tralia,” said John­son.

The Bow­den fam­ily’s ef­forts to re­turn Tru-Blu to its 1981 Bathurst 1000-win­ning liv­ery will be cov­ered in de­tail in a fu­ture is­sue.

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