Bowin Koala

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Short History

 John Joyce driving the Koala (Formula Junior) at the FJ Trophy Cup, held at Lowood Queensland in 1963
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John Joyce driving the Koala (Formula Junior) at the FJ Trophy Cup, held at Lowood Queensland in 1963
The Bowin Koala was a  
Formula Junior
  class of car, designed and built in 1962 by John Joyce, founder of Bowin Cars in his grandparents backshed. Joyce's previous achievements was a  
Cooper_Car_Company
  based Formula Junior he built in 1959. The Koala's first race was the FJ Trophy Cup, held at  
Lowood,_Queensland
  in 1963. The race was a 10 lapper and John was going well until he broke a half shaft 1.5 miles from the finish. It has been said that he was that close to the finish, he could have claimed 4th place by pushing the car over the line. Only one Koala was ever built, before John Joyce left Australia to take up a position with  
Lotus Cars
  as a Project Engineer, later to become the company's Chief Development Engineer during the mid to late 60's. In 1967 he returned to Australia and founded Bowin Cars.

In more recent time the Koala has been restored by Paul Charal.



Specification

  • Class - Formula Junior
  • Chassis - Spaceframe
  • Engine - Ford 1098cc?
  • Gearbox - ?

Owner History

Date Owner
1962
John Joyce
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Ron Lee
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Paul Charal
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Roger Ealand
13/08/2015
Mike Rowe

Race History

Date Race Track Driver Result
4 Aug 1963
FJ Trophy Cup
Lowood Qld
John Joyce
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venue
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Gallery

Youtube Footage

New owner Mike Rowe

Barbagallo Raceway Australia 16/04/2016

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