Jim Richards to Unleash Javelin at Shannons 2 Days of Thunder
Jim Richards is heading to the Shannons 2 Days of Thunder over the 23rd and 24th of June, and he’s bringing his new 360-ci V8 1972 AMC Javelin with him for some fun and testing on the track.
Also coming along for the weekend is the 1964 Falcon Sprint Richards used to win the 2010 Touring Car Masters championship, and the 388kW Camaro SS 427 L88 which Bryan Thomson raced in the ’70s. And to act as pace car for the Trans-Am V8 races – a replica of the XB Falcon Police Interceptor from Mad Max.
The track will be busy throughout the weekend, catering for Group N Touring Cars, Australian Trans-Am V8s, Muscle Car Sprints, a Cobra/GT40 Sprint Group, Queensland V8s and Sports Sedans, a Porsche invitation race and Regularity events.
And the pits and paddock will be their usual fun and relaxed selves, with spectators welcome to explore, enjoy the cars and chat with the drivers.
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Shannons 2 days of Thunder in Queensland
Queensland muscle car fans will get their first chance to see and hear Jim Richards’ new V8 AMC Javelin driven in anger when he uncorks it over the Shannons 2 Days of Thunder weekend at Queensland Raceway from June 23-24.
Richards, who is Patron of the meeting, will be using the weekend to track-test the spectacular 360-ci 1972 Javelin in advance of Round 4 of the 2012 Touring Car Masters series, which will support the V8 Supercar Championship at the Ipswich circuit in early August.
Considering it was conceived in the 1960s to take the fight up to the established Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro, AMC’s ‘Pony Car’ is a rare sight on circuits or dragstrips anywhere today and Jim’s Javelin is unique as the only one racing in Australia.
It will share garage and track duties at Shannons 2 Days of Thunder with Richards’ 1964 Falcon Sprint that took him to victory in the 2010 TCM series, while the spectacular 388kW Camaro SS 427 L88 formerly raced in the 1970s by Victoria’s Bryan Thomson, will also be demonstrated at the meeting.
The weekend will see a full six-pack of muscle cars on track, with events for Group N (Historic) Touring Cars with a 30-car plus grid, Trans-Am V8s, with a 20-car field, Muscle Car Sprints, a Cobra/GT40 Sprint Group, a new race group for Queensland V8s and Sports Sedans, a Porsche invitation race and Regularity events.
There will also be plenty of action in the infield, with the Shannons Show ‘n Shine on the Sunday, including a track cruise for all entrants, and a big Muscle Car display by car clubs.
One of the most unusual vehicles at the meeting will be a replica of the XB Falcon Police Interceptor from the original Mad Max film, which will be the pace car for the Australian Trans Am rolling-start races.
All visitors over the weekend who qualify for a Shannons quote on their special car, bike or home and contents, will go into the draw to win a Hot Lap with Jim Richards around Lakeside Park Raceway in a Porsche Carrera Cup race car in late July, with the winner drawn at the 4pm on the Sunday of the meeting – June 24.
The whole weekend will be run in a relaxed ‘access all areas’ atmosphere, allowing families and enthusiasts the chance to see some of Australia’s fastest cars close up and to chat with their drivers.
Entry to the Shannons 2 Days of Thunder weekend at Queensland Raceway costs $20 on Saturday, $30 on Sunday, with a weekend ticket $40. Children 12 and under enter free, while Students 13-16 and pensioners are $10 each day.
For more details contact Phil Ross at Shannons on 0418 269 056 or Queensland Raceway on 18000RACERS.
Competition entry forms are available from www.qldraceways.com.au