Cars On Display

CARS ON DISPLAY

Karting Madness holds a couple of well known replicas and one genuine speed machine!

Dick Johnson Tru Blu Replica

Tru Blu is one of the most well remembered cars driven by Ford racing legend Dick Johnson.

Cars on display : Dick Johnson Tru Blu Replica
In 1980 Johnson was a relatively unknown Queensland battler who fronted for the Bathurst race in his new XD Falcon. While comfortably leading the race, a spectator dislodged a large rock onto the track. Johnson was unable to avoid it, crashed and was taken out of the race. Dick’s emotional interview on Channel 7 struck a chord with a huge amount of the viewers, who began pledging money to help him continue and build a new and better Tru Blu. With this new car Johnson became the new and much needed hero of Ford fans everywhere.

The New XD came back in one the most fairytale ways in 1981. Winning 5 of the 8 rounds at Symmons Plains, Oran Park, Sandown, Surfers Paradise and Lakeside, as well as finishing 3rd at Calder and 2nd at Wanaroo and Adelaide International raceway. This was to seal him the Australian Touring Car Championship (ATCC) series in 1981.

Perhaps one of the most hallmark races in Johnson’s year (and career) was the 1981 ATCC finale held at his local Qld race track, Lakeside raceway. Peter Brock was one point away from Johnson in the championship. Johnson held back Brock’s desperate attacks and sealed the championship by 0.02 of a second.

Peter Brock Marlboro Replica

Peter Brock is arguably the best race car driver this country has ever produced, or will ever see.

Cars on display : Peter Brock Marlboro Replica
His record of achievements is stellar, his personality was vibrant; simply put, a legend. The 1984 Bathurst 1000 winning Brock/Perkins Holden VK Commodore. After returning from Le Mans, the team had built two new VK model Commodore’s for the end of season Australian Endurance Championship races and the Group C support race at the Australian Grand Prix at Calder. The cars were painted in Marlboro’s “day-glo” colours and were regarded as the best looking of the Dealer Team’s Commodores. Brock’s own #05 won three of the four races it was entered in.

The VK’s were the fastest and finest of the Group C Commodore breed. The Holden Dealer Team rolled out a brand new pair of Day-Glo VK’s for the last 3 big races of the year. Brock and Perkins won the James Hardie 1000, and Brock went on to win the Sandown 500 and the Surfers Paradise 300.

Subsequently this car was sold to European interests where it raced with considerable success, setting lap records and winning 2 championships in the Thunder sports category. In 2002 the car returned to Australia and underwent a full restoration by classic car specialist. John Van Roosmallen.

20 years after his original success with the car, Brock was reunited with the VK at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England. Brock drove the VK to a top 5 position.

Peter Brock Mobil 05 Replica

1992- In 1992 a tight budget forced Brock to a run a single car team.

Cars on display : Peter Brock Mobil 05 Replica

Brock paired with Manuel Reuter for Bathurst. After qualifying 8th, disaster struck leaving them stranded at the starting line with a broken tail shaft. Brock managed to salvage 27th position

Brad Jones Racing Auscar Genuine

As the only V8 Supercar team to be located in a regional centre, Albury (NSW) based BJR has one of the strongest pedigrees in Australian motorsport.

Cars on display : Brad Jones Racing Auscar Genuine

With brothers Brad and Kim at the helm, BJR have won ten national titles in five different categories. Karting Madness is home to Brad Jones Auscar Holden VN commodore which he raced and won 3 consecutive championships in 1990, 1991, and 1992.