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A couple of racing legends will be reunited at the Goodwood Revival this fall.
Australian motorsports legend John Bowe will again be driving a 1965 Corvette Sting Ray that is an original 1960s SCCA competitor.
Bowe has been invited to race at Goodwood , set for Sept. 11-13, with another Australian-based businessman recently turned race car driver, Joe Calleja, in the Corvette belonging to Calleja. The two also competed with the car at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion in Laguna Seca, Calif., in 2012.
For Bowe, Goodwood will be a bucket list event “that I’ve always read about with interest and wanted to do,” he told Speedcafe.com.
“We won’t be going over there to set the world on fire,” he admitted, “but for someone like me who loves old racing cars, just being part of it will be fantastic. Having watched it on YouTube it’s a fearsomely fast track and some of the old cars are wayward to say the least.”
Goodwood, of course, is the world’s leading historic race event, with legendary cars and drivers invited from around the world to participate.
The Corvette that Bowe and Calleja will be racing also saw action at Goodwood in 2005 and 2006 with the late Peter Brock behind the wheel.
The car will feature a new motor built by Steve Makarios’ Synergy Race Engines to conform to the English rules, competing in the RAC Tourist Trophy against cars like AC Cobras, Ferrari GTOs, Aston Martin DB4s, and Jaguar E-Types.
“Now I’m just looking for a nice tweed jacket complete with patches on the sleeves and a deerstalker hat as well,” Bowe quipped, referring to the Goodwood rules that say all competitors must wear period clothing to enhance the historic feel of the race.
Bowe may not stop with the Corvette at Goodwood, though. He’s hoping to be approved to compete there in a Group N Lotus Cortina owned by Australian Mark Johnson.
His partner, Calleja, only recently began racing and hopes to gain more experience behind the wheel of the Corvette at the April 25-26 Mallala historics.
Bowe may get a warmup at that South Australian event, too, if his right hand is better following recent surgery. He hasn’t run there since 1998 since he won the opening heat for Dick Johnson Racing in the final Australian Touring Car Championship.