P8-118-72

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Short History

There were only ever two Bowin P8's cars built, at the time they were probably the most controversial open-wheelers in the country.

The first P8 built, the BOB Jane Car, in its early history is one of frustrated development, and its history became entangled inseparably with the story of the second car number two P8-136-74 built in 1974. Briefly, the Jane car made a few race appearances with driver John Harvey at the wheel before being put to one side when considerations of time and money stopped a development program that had never really got under way. Car number two started life as an F2 Chassis built for Leffler in April 1974. The two cars merged into a dual existence when Leffler crashed his new chassis P8-136-74 during F2 series "curtain-raiser" at Amaroo Park early in June 1974. Leffler promptly bought the Jane chassis P8-118-72 and grafted his F2 running gear onto it. The "original" F2 chassis no P8-136-74 was eventually straightened and ended up getting a new Chev engine and F5000 running gear. [1]

The Bob Jane engine (Repco 5000cc V8) taken out and put into the Harrop EH Holden car.

1974 SEASON SPONSORS: GRACE BROS, LEVIS, TAA, BP & FIRESTONE.

1974 SEASON FINAL POSITION: ANF1 GOLD SERIES 6TH; ANF2 VAN HEUSEN SERIES 3RD

Specification

BOB JANE CAR

  • Class - F5000
  • Chassis - P8 MONO
  • Engine - REPCO
  • Gearbox - DG300

GRACE BROS CAR

  • Class - F2
  • Chassis - P8 MONO
  • Engine - HART 1600 FORD
  • Gearbox - FT200

Owner History

Date Spec Owner
23rd Aug 1972
F5000
Bob Jane
10th June 1973
F2
John Leffler
? Dec 1974
F2
Sue Ransom
?
F2
Matthew Lloyd
2009
F2
Dean Saunders[2]

Race History

DATE CLASS CIRCUIT POSITION PRACTICE RACE LAPS
16th Jun 1974
ANF2
HUME WEIR
DNF
43.8
44.1
48
23rd Jun 1974
ANF2
ORAN PARK
5
41.9
44.1
39
21st Jul 1974
ANF2
AMAROO PARK
3
49.1
48.4
41
4th Aug 1974
ANF(1)
ORAN PARK
9
43.2
43.4
28
4th Aug 1974
ANF1(2)
ORAN PARK
7
-
42.9
28
18th Aug 1974
ANF2
CALDER RACEWAY
3
43.1
N/A
49
1st Sept 1974
ANF1(1)
SURFER'S RACEWAY
8
I M 09.3
I M 09.5
17
1st Sept 1974
ANF1(2)
SURFER'S RACEWAY
4
-
1M 09.9
17
22nd Sept 1974
ANF2
SYMMONS PLAINS
DNS
CRASH
-
-
13th Oct 1974
ANF2
PHILLIP ISLAND
1
2M 01.5
1M 47.7
17
20th Oct 1974
ANF1(1)
CALDER RACEWAY
5
43
43.5
29
20th Oct 1974
ANF(2)
CALDER RACEWAY
5
-
43.7
28
27th Oct 1974
ANF2
ADELAIDE INTERNATIONAL
2
43.2
43.6
46
3rd Nov 1974
ANF1
SANDOWN PARK
6
1M 08.0
1M 09.1
29
17th Nov 1974
ANF1
39TH AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX
DNF
1M 09.7
1Mm
26
24th Nov 1974
ANF1
PHILLIP ISLAND
DNS
-
-
-
8th Dec 1974
ANF2
LAKESIDE
DNF
51.9
52.5
4

Gallery

 BOWIN P8-118-72 Bob Jane F5000 Warwick Farm debut - Photo courtesy of Tony Glenn
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BOWIN P8-118-72 Bob Jane F5000 Warwick Farm debut - Photo courtesy of Tony Glenn
 BOWIN P8-118-72 Bob Jane F5000 - Photo courtesy of Tony Glenn
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BOWIN P8-118-72 Bob Jane F5000 - Photo courtesy of Tony Glenn
 BOWIN P8-118-72 Bob Jane F5000 - Photo courtesy of Tony Glenn
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BOWIN P8-118-72 Bob Jane F5000 - Photo courtesy of Tony Glenn
 BOWIN P8-118-72 Bob Jane F5000 John Harvey driving - Photo courtesy of Tony Glenn
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BOWIN P8-118-72 Bob Jane F5000 John Harvey driving - Photo courtesy of Tony Glenn
 BOWIN P8-118-72  Bob Jane F5000
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BOWIN P8-118-72 Bob Jane F5000
 BOWIN P8-118-72  Bob Jane F5000
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BOWIN P8-118-72 Bob Jane F5000
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BOWIN P8-118-72 Bob Jane F5000
 This is how the car appeared in the 1974 Australian Grand Prix driven by John Leffler as F2
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This is how the car appeared in the 1974 Australian Grand Prix driven by John Leffler as F2
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John Leffler in the Bowin P8 F2 promotional shot
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BOWIN P8-118-72 This is a recent photograph of the Car Photo courtesy of Tony Glenn

References

  1. Racing Car News, Sept, 1974, page 38
  2. http://www.oldracingcars.com/wasnew/)
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