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Where are they now?


up, Dick John­son Rac­ing built six Ford Sier­ras, two of which started off as RS Cos­worths but were con­verted to RS500 spec­i­fi­ca­tion mid-way through 1987.

“We didn’t have any trou­ble sell­ing the cars,” re­calls John­son.

“[Aussie pri­va­teer] Ray Lintott bought one; we sold a cou­ple over to Eng­land, one to New Zealand too. It was just ev­ery time we built a new car we never had any prob­lem sell­ing one of the oth­ers.

“They used to get a lit­tle bit tired be­cause of the way we had to build them, owing to the rules. After a sea­son or so and hav­ing a bud­get where we could build new cars, we had a mar­ket for cars when we fin­ished with them. So it made a lot of sense to build a new car ev­ery year,” he ex­plains.

So which was which, and what hap­pened to each of them?

We’re thrilled to re­port that all six still ex­ist, with four in Aus­tralia and two in Eng­land. The

first DJR Sierra was right-hand drive and was used by Dick John­son in 1987 as #17, first as an RS Cos­worth and later in the en­durance races as a RS500.

It won the Ade­laide In­ter­na­tional Race­way ATCC round in 1987, but failed to fin­ish at Bathurst that year, cov­er­ing just three laps. It did, how­ever, win the end-of-sea­son Ade­laide Grand Prix support race.

New sign­ing, John Bowe, took over the car in 1988 and it claimed vic­tory at Win­ton and Ama­roo. It also ran as #18 at Bathurst, fin­ish­ing sec­ond in the hands of John Smith and the cross-en­tered John­son and Bowe.

It was then sold to Eng­land (see sep­a­rate story) and used in the Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship by Trak­star Rac­ing and Robb Gravett in 1989, and Gra­ham Hath­away in 1990, be­fore com­pet­ing in events in Malaysia and re­turn­ing to Eng­land. Cur­rent owner, Andy Lloyd, bought ‘DJR1’ in 1996 and won the 1997 Ford Sa­loon Car Cham­pi­onship in it. He’s also run it at the Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed on mul­ti­ple oc­ca­sions. This

was the left-hand drive #18 car used by Gregg Hans­ford in 1987 and con­verted from RS Cos­worth to RS500 spec in time for the en­durance races. It re­mained #18 for the en­durance races (and was ac­tu­ally taken over by John­son at Sandown when his pole-set­ting #17 car failed pre-race), and was crashed out in the open­ing laps at Bathurst that year with Neville Crich­ton driv­ing.

It acted as a spare and show car in 1988 be­fore be­ing sold to Eng­land and Trak­star Rac­ing for the 1989 Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship.

Con­verted to right-hand drive, it was later turned into a rally car in Eng­land and its orig­i­nal his­tory and her­itage was only dis­cov­ered a few years ago with a restora­tion project un­der way. This

car was Dick John­son’s 1988 Aus­tralian Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship-win­ning RS500 with six round vic­to­ries that sea­son.

It was later air­freighted to Eng­land and raced at the Sil­ver­stone Tourist Trophy by John­son and Bowe as the #41 Red­kote en­try.

It was the #28 car driven by Bowe and Robb Gravett at Bathurst and be­came Bowe’s #18 chas­sis for the 1989 ATCC, win­ning two rounds and fin­ish­ing run­ner-up.

It re­mained as #18 for both the Sandown and Bathurst en­durance races, be­fore be­ing sold.

It then be­came the Valvo­line pri­va­teer car driven by Ray Lintott in 1990, and later came into the own­er­ship of the Holmes fam­ily, where it re­mains in Queens­land.

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