P8-136-74

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BOWIN P8-136-74

I'm still trying to piece together the exact history of events of the two Bowin P8's ever built. I'm still not 100% certain what happened but hopefully after reading all the references I have of the time, Bowin docs, Newspaper articles, Mags , Books & Forums. Hopefully, I can work out what happened between 1972-76 at least! Regards, Ashley

Firstly, we know only two Bowin P8's were built based on the Bowin Chassis Register, P8-118-72 and P8-136-74. The first in 1972 was a Bob Jane F5000 car driven by John Harvey. I still haven't found any official reference to driving history, but have picked up off a forum that John Harvey only drove it on two occasions? Before Bob Jane used the engine on another car.

Ray Bell said on another Forum that, the Bob Jane P8 F5000 P8-118-72 became Leffo's F2 Bowin P8 after the crash. This car went onto compete in the AGP 1974. Then the original Leffo Bowin P8 which had the crash in June 1974 at Amaroo P8-136-74 became a F5000 (for AGP 1975) while the Bob Jane P8 P8-118-72 then got sold off as an F2 car [after 1974 AGP in Nov] this was most likely to Sue Ransom because their is a number of newspaper articles which states she purchased a Bowin P8 F2 P8-118-72 car from John Leffler around Dec 1974.( which she drove at F2 car at Wanneroo).

Than Alan Nolan may of purchased the F5000 Bowin P8-136-74 to get engine and parts off for the Nola Chev... the tub of that went back to John Joyce in the end. It remains there today.

  • Reference 1: John Leffler's Grace Bros Levi's Bowin P8 Hart car P8-136-74 was involved in a crash on the 3rd June 1974 at Amaroo Park circuit. Leffler's car crunched a bank and also totalled the tub. Leffler had lost it on the warm up lap for the main car racing event and damaged the suspension and frame extensively. The explanation for the crash in his own words "brain failure".
  • Reference 2: Sue Ransom Driving in the first round of the Australian Formula II championship in her Bowin P8 car P8-118-72 - 24th May 1975, The Melbourne Herald
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Inspecting the damage of the Bowin P8 after the disaster at Amaroo Park
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The Daily Mirror 7th June 1974, Story about John Leffler's Crash in the Bowin P8 and his subsequent purchase of Bob Jane's P8


Specification

  • Class - ?
  • Chassis - ?
  • Engine - ?
  • Gearbox - ?

Owner History

Date Spec Owner
1st May 1972
F2 Car
John Leffler
Late 1975 ?
F5000 Car (used engine parts to build Nola Chev)
Alan Nolan
1976 ? - current
F5000 Car (without engine)
John Joyce

Race History

Date Race Track Driver Result
3 rd June 1974
5 Laps, 10 laps
Amaroo Park
John Leffler
2nd, Crashed
31 st Aug 1975
40th Australian Grand Prix
Surfers Paradise
John Leffler
2nd

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BOWIN P8-136-74
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