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Old 11-14-2002, 19:26   #1 (permalink)
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JB gives the Super Monaro a spray

http://www.drive.com.au/news/article...XNZROYI8D.html

V8 Supercar racer John Bowe is angry that a field of production-based cars contesting the Bathurst 24-hour race this weekend has to deal with a 7.0-litre Holden Monaro sports sedan (pictured), a car he claims is "way, way outside the spirit of the rules".

"The Monaro should win by miles," says Bowe, who will drive a $750,000 Ferrari 360GT in the first of what is expected to become an annual event on the calendar.

"Apart from the shell, there is not a single thing on that car that relates to the original Monaro," insists Bowe, who lists a 7.0-litre Corvette engine from a Le Mans racer, Holinger six-speed sequential gearbox, Ford differential and specially fabricated front and rear suspension.

"The road-car suspension has been scrapped in favour of a unique double-wishbone racing rear-end design manufactured by Harrop Engineering -- it's more a Harrop car than a Holden," says Bowe, who, we should point out, also works for Holden's arch rival Ford developing performance road cars.

"It has more power than a V8 supercar ... if it's not 10 seconds faster than the rest, it's a joke."

Bowe says he doesn't blame Holden for grabbing the opportunity to give the Monaro an image boost but wonders whether the punters will be fooled into believing that "this $1 million creation is really a $60,000 Monaro".

Bowe says that Procar, the organising body behind the 24-hour race, has bent over backwards to attract the Monaro beast into the event.

"It's wrong, but we're not taking our cricket bat home," he says. "We're going to Mount Panorama to do our best with a production-based car that meets the FIA regulations."
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Old 11-14-2002, 19:32   #2 (permalink)
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Re: JB gives the Super Monaro a spray

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"It's wrong, but we're not taking our cricket bat home," he says. "We're going to Mount Panorama to do our best with a production-based car that meets the FIA regulations."
Ahhhh

FIA Regulations are still depndant on the amount of money one can make in brown paper bag donations... good to see this hasnt changed!

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Instead of building a completely new car they (Holden) should have just re-skinned one of the Corvette C5-R's because that is basically what this is, a C5-R dressed up as a Monaro.
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Wonder what the holden camp ould be saying if it was a mustang on a similar setup?? ...


Particularly in light of the V8 supercars comments that have been going around....
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It's happened already! look at the way they(the GTS crowd)hacked up JB's Bud Mustang in the name of parity, till they completely blunted it's competitive edge.There was also a big hue and cry over it being a true production car with respect to numbers sold in this country and those needed for homologation,notwithstanding,I'd say it's far closer to a production car than what is for all intents and purposes a V8 supercar Monaro coupe.Yes sir, there's just no killing the goose that layed the Holden egg.
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I agree with most things JB does, but this time he's created some free publicity for Holden here.
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Wonder what the holden camp ould be saying if it was a mustang on a similar setup?? ...


Particularly in light of the V8 supercars comments that have been going around....
personally, i think if it was a ford in this issue, the ford would have been banned. ford doing something like that would have been 'unacceptable'.
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I agree with most things JB does, but this time he's created some free publicity for Holden here.
Was thinking the same thing RPO
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Ford would most definately of not been banned, some guys need to cut out the world is out to get me crap. If ford had a super XR6T i think it would be great. By the way the monaro was 1.5 sec faster than everybody in practice.
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Ford would most definately of not been banned, some guys need to cut out the world is out to get me crap. If ford had a super XR6T i think it would be great. By the way the monaro was 1.5 sec faster than everybody in practice.

you must admit that the 'super' mopnaro isn't much of a street car. I remember that the Bowe mustange ended up with rev limits and such to make it 'fairer' for the rest ... see what the future brings.

1.5 seconds faster than the rest on its first real outing.... only more to come. Don't get me wrong .. that monaro is a beast and it will be great to have it in the race but only if it gets treated like the rest.
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