Dick Johnson Racing .. Safe

Dick Johnson Racing is “secure” with Wilson Security and Advam.

Dick Johnson RacingDick Johnson Racing (“DJR”), the longest operating and most successful team in Australian motor racing history, today confirmed two Australian-based brands as major partners who have joined at the 11th hour to secure DJR’s immediate future in V8 Supercars.

Leading provider of integrated global card solutions, Advam, and Australia’s leading provider of security and response services, Wilson Security, will partner with the Queensland based team as they start their 2013 International V8 Supercars Championship journey.

Newly appointed General Manager, Dick Johnson Racing, Steve Johnson, was upbeat about the new partnerships, “As I increase my managerial role with our team, I can’t think of two better partners than Advam and Wilson Security.

“It will be an unusual feeling watching the two DJR Falcons roll out into pit lane next week without the Johnson name on the side. But I know both our drivers will do a great job for our team this year. We have the most loyal and passionate fans on pit lane and I really want to show the Advam and Wilson Security teams what it means to be part of our large DJR family. I know our fans will all get behind our 2013 partners and drivers,” Johnson finished.

Dick Johnson RacingWilson Security’s Chief Executive Officer, John McMellan, “Wilson Security provides security services to lots of iconic infrastructure within Australia and what better fit is there than ensuring an icon of Australian motorsport, is securely on the grid for Adelaide.

“There is also tremendous history with Wilson Security ambassador John Bowe and DJR. Dick and JB created many great DJR moments together, so there was an obvious link for us with the team. Who knows, we might even reunite the old band in the garage in Adelaide!” McMellan concluded.

Jose DaSilva CEO from Advam “Adelaide is our home town and what better way to highlight the brand capability of ADVAM than turning up with one of the icons of Australian Motorsport in DJR, we can’t wait to see “ADVAM Racing” at our home track.

Dick Johnson Racing is grateful for the support of their partners; Advam, Wilson Security, Crimsafe, Shell, Ford, Cool Drive, New Age Caravans, Cabcharge, Jaylec, Wiseman Lawyers, Scania, Q Automotive Group, HAAS, AlfexCNC, Earthex, PPG / Protec, Formula Digital, Macnaught, Mimaki, King Springs, BJ Ball Papers, Cynergy Printing, FIX Coffee and the DJR Team Mates.

Dick Johnson Racing will begin their 2013 International V8 Supercar Championship on the streets of Adelaide for the Clipsal 500 from 28 February – 3 March 2013. Fans can meet the new drivers at the several public signing sessions at the track on Friday at 1010, Saturday at 1300 and Sunday at 0900.

An announcement regarding the second driver at Dick Johnson Racing will be made early next week. Courtesy of V8 Supercars.

Betty Klimenko .. Breaking the mould.

The Bevanette in charge at Erebus – Betty Klimenko

Betty KlimenkoErebus Motorsport’s owner,  Betty Klimenko, has been involved in Motorsport for over 12 years and now breaks the mould of your typical V8 Supercars team owner – she is the first female to be at this level either with a team or manufacturer.

Ms Klimenko the purchased Stone Brothers Racing Team in 2012 as the first step in her foray into V8 Supercar racing.

Betty has developed cult figure status already among V8 Supercar fans for her tattoos, pink hair highlights and her ability to buck convention. Erebus Motorsport successfully pursued the association with AMG Customer Sports despite being denied locally by Mercedes-Benz – which has endeared fans to Betty and the team as ‘underdogs’.

Mercedes V8 SupercarErebus Motorsport isn’t new to Australian motorsport having history through various categories and an association with Australian GT Championship driver, Peter Hackett. In association with Ms Klimenko, Hackett was the first Australian Formula 3 Champion of the modern era and Erebus Motorsport was the first organisation outside Europe to purchase the AMG Customer Sports SLS AMG GT3 Gullwing it races in the GT Championship.

The organisation has two SLS AMG GT3 Gullwings racing in Australian GT and the Aussie Racing Cars Super Series and is investigating an international endurance racing program.

Erebus Motorsport was the first team in the world to take SLS AMG GT3s to a one-two finish when it achieved that at Phillip Island early in 2012.

Erebus Wins 12 HourIn a perfect start to the 2013 racing season, Erebus won the Bathurst 12 Hour by one lap in a Mercedes SLS driven by German trio German trio Bernd Schneider, Thomas Jaeger and Alexander Roloff.

Dick Johnson .. The legend in trouble.

We need to keep Dick Johnson Racing in V8s.

Dick Johnson RacingAfter 48 years in Australian motor sport, legend Dick Johnson has a funding crisis which my force DJR out of V8 racing.

After Jim Beam failed to renew their sponsorship at the end of the 2012 season, DJR have been struggling to find a replacement major sponsor.

Ford Legend Dick Johnson vowed to “Fight until the death” to save DJR, an icon of Australian motor sport which has been an integral part of V8 Supercars since the inception.

Johnson has won 3 Bathursts and 7 championships and will not go without a fight.

Jim Beam RacingAlong with Jim Beam, Finance Ezi owner Maurice Pickering stepped away from a partnership with Johnson and Crim Safe’s Steve Braeback two weeks ago, dealing DJR a double blow.

You would think after Stone Brothers sold out to Mercedes team, Erebus Racing that Ford would have a few dollars in the bin th help Dickie out. After all he has been their most successful driver and team of all time. If you asked most Ford fans who their favorite team was,most would say DJR.

Com’mon Ford, sell one of the bosses houses and help Dick and your fans. He and they have given you good service over many years.

And what about Shell, they should have plenty after joining with Coles to rip us off at the bowser. They certainly got their moneys worth out of Dick over the years.

Shell RacingAnd any Bevans or motor sport fans who used to drink Jim Beam, immediately swap to Jack Daniels.

Larry Perkins Retires.

Larrikin Larry Pulls The Pin.

Larry RetiresRacing and engineering legend Larry Perkins has retired from motor sport after 43 years of racing and 26 years after he opened the door of Perkins Engineering. One of the leading lights in the creation of V8 Supercars has decided to hang up the spanners an spend more time with his family and to do some travelling. He will be sorely missed around the V8 ridges, particularly by older fans like me.

Below is a story on Larry from the V8 Supercars website.

Larry has today confirmed the final details of the sale of his two Racing Entitlement Contracts (RECs) to Kelly Racing and the closure of his longstanding Moorabbin, Victoria, workshop that was the home to Perkins Engineering since 1993.

It marks the end of an era for an icon of the sport. 

After leaving the Holden Dealer Team in 1984 – following his third Bathurst 1000 win with Peter Brock – Perkins established his own team that great into a powerhouse operation in what would become V8 Supercars.

Under the iconic Castrol Perkins brand, Larry and Russell Ingall (pictured here in 1998 with John Bowe and Perkins close behind) won the Bathurst 1000 three times in his own team (1993, 1995 and 1997) amongst a host of additional successes in the ATCC / V8 Supercars Championship.

Larry and BrockiePerkins introduced long-time sponsor Jack Daniel’s to the sport and after retiring as a driver, ran his team for several season with the likes of Ingall, Steve Richards, Paul Dumbrell, Shane Price and son Jack behind the wheel.

After ending full-time operations several seasons ago he leased his RECs to the fledgling Kelly Racing outfit and continued to do so until mid last year, when Perkins announced he had agreed to terms to sell both to the Kelly family.

In a prepared statement released today, Perkins confirmed that the sale had been finalised and he was now out of the racing Business  though he will continue to watch. Kelly Racing will now own all four RECs they compete under, as they morph from a Holden team into Nissan Motorsport in 2013. 

Perkins and son Jack are also currently in the final stages of shutting down the outfit’s Moorabbin Airport base.

“After 43 years of racing and 26 years of Perkins Engineering, it is with tremendous satisfaction and pride that I can now announce that I have sold my two V8 Supercars Racing Entitlements Contract’s to Kelly Racing,” Perkins wrote in the statement.

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“From 1985 to 2012, Perkins Engineering built 49 V8 Supercars, 198 Race Engines, won three Bathursts, three Sandown/Queensland 500s, over 20 race wins, and three pole positions, plus we supplied and maintained the engines for seven-consecutive Formula Holden (Brabham) Gold Star Titles.

“Over those years, the business grew respect and recognition in the Australian motor racing industry, and at times employed in excess of 50 people. We were also extremely proud to represent the many sponsors and supporters that chose to be with our team. Our thanks extend to Holden and Castrol for over 20 years of support and of course thanks to our last sponsor, and an industry first; Jack Daniel’s.

“I also enjoyed tremendous on-track success with many drivers and co-drivers, including the late Denny Hulme, Peter Brock and Gregg Hansford, and also to current drivers Russell Ingall, Steven Richards and Todd Kelly, to name a few.

“None of this success would have been possible without the huge efforts, loyalty, commitment and dedication of the people that were Perkins Engineering, and not to specifically mention; Barry Abbettmeyer, Shaun Hockey and my PA Kim Menzies would be a disservice to them.

“I fought many battles on the track, in the boardroom and in the Stewards room, however I can proudly say that I feel I contributed my part to the huge success of V8 Supercars.

“Finally I would like to acknowledge and thank the new generation of racers – Kelly Racing.

“They have a vision and the passion to succeed whilst setting up one of Australia’s finest race teams, and they have been great business partners to date. I congratulate them on their successes, and of course I wish them all the very best with their future endeavours, with Nissan, in V8 Supercars.

“The next chapter for me will bring some much-earned family time with Raelene, my daughter Nichola and her two children, and Jack. I’ll also enjoy exploring more of Australia in my new ‘Unimog’s’ and perhaps a few trips overseas.

“Motor Racing was my life and is still a passion and I’ll continue to watch Jack, V8s and Formula 1 with great interest.”

Jack Perkins – recently re confirmed as an endurance driver with Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport for a second season – has announced he will set up an Ebay store, selling several items of Perkins memorabilia in the coming weeks. The store opens tonight and can be found here.

 

Casey Stoner Joins Triple 8 Racing.

Triple 8 Racing for Casey Stoner… It’s Official.

Casey Stoner Signs With 888 Racing.V8 Supercars’ worst kept secret was revealed yesterday, when Triple 8 racing announced that the 2 time MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner will drive one of their cars, with full Red Bull backing, in the 2013 Dunlop Series for emerging V8 Supercar drivers.

Stoner who retired from MotoGP last year after 38 Grand Prix wins an 6 consecutive Philip Island Australian Grand Prix wins, will drive an ex Jamie Whincup 2010 Holden Commodore in the Dunlop Series.

Although he is very modest regarding his progress on four wheels, it is reported that Stoner is progressing well in trials and producing good times around the Queensland Raceway circuit, home to Triple Eight racing.

While he was quick to point out that a drive in the V8 Supercars series was a long way off, even if he did happen to become good enough, he would not rule out a drive in the Bathurst 1000 this year. V8 Supercars main drivers often select their co-drivers from the Dunlop series.

CaseyStoner-With 888 Red BullStoner has only contracted for twelve months and has committed to 100% of the races this year. he revealed that he walked away from a 15 million dollar MotoGP deal to drive V8s this year and would not rule out returning to the two-wheel sport in the future. However he said he was fully committed to the V8s this year. He would be giving it a red-hot crack and should know how he feels about his new sport by the end of the season.

He said that although it had been a boyhood dream to drive V8 Supercars, he had not thought about it when he retired from MotoGP. But as the year wore on he started to think about it and after a meeting with Triple 8 boss Roland Dane, considered it seriously.

His reasons for leaving MotoGP were all about falling out of love with the sport and the direction it was taking, and had nothing to do with Family or pre-arranged deals with V8 Supercars.

Casey Stoner’s first official race in the Dunlop V8 Development Series will be at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide next month.

 

 

 

World Record Burnout Video

Summernats 2013 World record Burnout.

World Record Burnout Summernats 2013A feature of Summernats 2013 was the staging of a World Record Burnout attempt by 69 cars or 138 tyres.

The Guiness World Record was smashed by the 69 cars as the let loose 35,000 horse power or 26,000 Kw.

Events Co-Owner Andy Lopez said.

“The Guinness World Record burnout attempt has already gone down as one of the biggest moments in the history of the Summernats, and we’re proud to be able to share what it was like to be there on the day with the rest of the world through this official video. We’d really like to thank all the drivers, staff and sponsors for making this incredible event happen. We wouldn’t have been able to do it with out you guys. ”

Below is the now famous Video.

Next year Summernats will be held

Mercedes V8 Supercars 2013

Erebus/Stone Brothers Racing… Merger or Takeover?

When AMG Mercedes enters the V8 Supercars battle this year through long time Ford partners, Stone Brothers Racing, Veteran, top racing engineer Jimmy Stone will leave the team. He will link with his son Matt Stone to run a Falcon development series.

His brother Ross will stay with the Mercedes team, Erebus Racing, for at least 2 years to head up racing operations.

Although Erebus will maintain most of the staff, it is yet to be announced publicly that they will retain  SBR’s two current drivers, Lee Holdsworth and Tim Slade. The same is true for major SBR sponsors, Irwin Tools and SP Tools.

They will start aero testing against the new VF Commodore, Ford Falcon and Nissan Altima in late January in preparation for the first V8 clash of the 2013 season, commencing in Adelaide on February 28th.

The betting is that when they step out in February it will be under the Erebus Racing Banner. A good sign is that if you go to stonebrothersracing.com.au you land on the Erebus racing page.

The End Of An Era.

Summernats 2013

Summernats 2013.What is Summernats?

If your favourite week of the year is spent on top of the Mountain at Bathurst, Summernats 2013 will be your second favourite week.

Some Bevans might put them the other way round but either way it is one of the best fucking weeks a Bevan can have.

Rose Tattoo have just been announced as the headline act for 2013 and for this Bevan nothing is more appropriate. It shits me right off when other motor events use overseas acts to promote our Aussie events. Always use our rockers I say.. Australia Mate.

The annual Street Machine Summernats Car Festival, proudly supported by Rare Spares, is Australia’s biggest horse power party.

Created by renowned revhead Chic Henry in 1988, the Summernats has taken on a life of its own and become a genuine Aussie icon.

Every year, up to 1500 of the toughest Australian elite street machines descend on Exhibition Park in Canberra. Coming from around Australia and the world, this incredibly diverse tribe gathers to show off their love of the street machine to an Summernats 2013. Bigger than everenthusiastic crowd of over 85,000 people

The Summernats delivers three and a half days of high octane extreme auto action including Australia’s top street machine judging competition, the world’s best burnout battle, precision driving demos, horsepower heroics, and more.

It’s all set against a backdrop of burnt rubber, rock and roll, and one of Australia’s biggest motor retail trade shows as we search for the Street Machine Summernats Grand Champion.

Get to Summernats 2013.So much more than a motor show, the Street Machine Summernats 2013 is a celebration of the street machine lifestyle and the people who live it.

Whether you know nothing about cars, or you can talk about them from the moment you wake up till the moment you got to sleep, the Summernats 2013 is Australia’s best place to party in January.

V8 Supercars Sydney Telstra 500.

Last Holden Verse Ford Race.

It will be the end of an era at the Sydney Telstra 500 this year as the 2012 V8 Supercars Championship Grand Final sees the last ever Holden-versus-Ford street battle. The event will be over 3 days at Sydney Olympic park, from Nov 30 to Dec 2, V8 Supercar drivers will battle it out to decide which iconic name lays claims to the Championship title. And at last the V8 superemos have shown some sense and loyalty and engaged Aussie Rockers Jimmy Barnes and Guest act Diesel to headline the weekend rather than their penchant for using overseas artists to promote our greatest motor sport events… Such as Pink… What The???

Although Jamie Whincup has the lead in the championship, it will go right down to the wire with Mark winterbottom and Craig Lowndes in hot pursuit.

Nissan’s Unvails New V8 Supercar.

Nissan gives the Altima a face lift and a new engine.

It goes against an old Bevan’s grain to see a rice muncher in the V8s, but good or bad here it is. Let’s see if it can keep up with the Aussies.

Below is the story from NissanLand.

The Nissan Altima is one of the last cars that you’d ever think of as a “supercar.” Add a V8 engine and a racing body kit, however, and you have the Altima V8 Supercar. Nissan unveiled the car in Melbourne in anticipation of participating in Australia’s V8 Supercars Championship next season.

Nissan announced its invasion of the Ford and Holden territory of V8 Supercars racing earlier this year, returning to Australian Touring Car Championship title racing after a 20-year absence. It joined forces with Kelly Racing in putting the Altima V8 together. The team put more than 23,000 hours into building the race car over the course of seven months.

Key to the Altima’s transformation into a V8 Supercar was converting the production VK56DE engine, which appears in Nissan models like the North American Titan, Armada and Pathfinder, into a race-ready powerplant within V8 Supercars regulations. Among other changes, Nissan adjusted the bore and stroke and reduced the displacement of the engine from 5.6 to 5.0 liters. Nissan said last month that it will be the only manufacturer to use a production engine in V8 Supercars competition.

In addition to its production uses, a NISMO-tuned version of the VK56DE engine powered the GT-R to a FIA GT1 World Championship victory last year.

Nissan carefully constructed the Altima V8 to the new “Car of the Future” regulations. Equipment like the 18-inch (46-cm) wheels, transaxle gearbox and independent rear suspension reflect those regulations.

Nissan hasn’t released much other information about the car’s build, but it still needs to work through homologation (the race approval process) with an emphasis on the car’s aerodynamics package. Once the car is approved, Nissan will begin circuit testing in anticipation of its debut at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide in February/March.

Source: NissanV8 Supercars