Memorabilia

  • 2013 30 YEARS OF DJR GREEN'S-TUF XE FALCON LIMITED EDITION 1:2

    • RRP $139.00
    • Sale Price $139.00
    •  One of Australia's most important touring cars, the original 'Greens-Tuf' Ford Falcon XE raced by Dick Johnson in the mid-1980s. Celebrating 30years of Greens Tuf Falcon.

      The History

      The Johnson-built XE Falcon made its debut in 1982 at the Oran Park endurance race before being campaigned by Dick Johnson and John French in the James Hardie 1000 that year. Still painted in Tru-Blu colours and signage, the XE Falcon started the annual Bathurst race at the front of the field and was among the leaders all day, the car crossing the line in fourth place. Where Dick Johnson had dominated the local touring car scene the year before, 1983 would prove to be a frustrating year for the small team. Now running Red Roo signage (another product of sponsor Palmer Tube Mills) the 1983 Australian Touring Car Championship was a disastrous exercise, the XE Falcon finishing sixth after missing a number of rounds. Now painted in its famous Greens Tuff colours, Dick Johnson and Kevin Bartlett debuted the 'new' car at the Australian Endurance Championship at Oran Park later that year, the car leading its first race in new livery until valuable time was lost in the pits with a stuck wheel bearing. This delay dropped the car to second place where it would eventually finish. Johnson and Bartlett teamed up once again for the annual James Hardie 1000 at Mt Panorama, but the original Greens Tuff Falcon would never seen the green light on race day. During the traditional run off for pole position in Hardies Heroes, Dick Johnson clipped the end of the Forrest Elbow wall. This broke the steering sending Johnson on a wild ride through the trees totally destroying the Falcon in what must be one of the most awesome accidents in The Mountain's history. But while many thought the spectacular exit would end Johnson's 1983 Bathurst campaign, a Greens Tuff Falcon was on the start line the next day. Testament to the Johnson team's commitment to The Great Race, the crew had worked through the night to transfer the internals from the wreck to another Falcon to give Johnson his chance at a third title. However, despite their best efforts, 1983 was not to be a victorious year at The Mountain for the Johnson camp with a blown fuse eventually sidelining the hastily prepared Falcon. A brand new Greens Tuff Falcon was built for the 1984 Australian Touring Car Championship and Johnson raced to his third National Title.

      Specifications

      DICK JOHNSON'S GREENS TUF XE
      Engine Type:Ford Cleveland V8
      Number of Cylinders:8
      Cubic Capacity:5760
      Horse Power:480
      Aspiration:Modified 750 cfm Holley

      Description

      • Limited edition
      • The helmet has full function movable visor
      • Padded lining
      • Adjustable helmet strap
      •  Window box see through packaging
      • 18cm in length

      PRE ORDER ONLY AVAILABLE 3RD QTR 2013

      20% deposit will be taken on time of ordering

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