Limited edition hard cover book project being produced with Dick Johnson and acclaimed author John Smailes titled Dick Johnson Racing: The First To 1000 - Celebrating 1000 Championship Races 1981-2022.
Dick Johnson Racing is without doubt one of the most iconic teams in Australian motorsport and at the Repco Bathurst 1000 in 2022, the team celebrates their 1000th championship race start.
In doing so, DJR becomes the first team in ATCC/Supercars history to achieve the incredible feat - and what better place to celebrate the milestone than at the famous Mount Panorama circuit, which holds such a significant place in the history of the team.
Officially established in 1980 and entered in their first Australian Touring Car Championship race at Symmons Plains in Tasmania in 1981 where Dick Johnson raced his legendary Tru-Blu XD Falcon, the team has remained a constant in Australia's main game of motorsport ever since.
In the hearts and minds of a legion of passionate fans, DJR are Australia's Ford team. They have raced a variety of iconic Falcons, Sierras and Mustangs with some of the the biggest names in motorsport behind the wheel, taking out 10 drivers' championships and a horde of race wins, pole positions and podium finishes along the way. And of course, 4 legendary Bathurst 1000 victories.
This team has an incredible, enduring history and this book features Hall of Fame racing legend and team founder Dick Johnson, with John Smailes, looking back at the history of the team and the journey from 1981 to 2022 across 1000 championship races.
Broken down into a year by year format featuring a large range of sensational images and comprehensive statistics, Johnson provides his personal recollection of each year with many highs, some lows and incredible anecdotes and insights that only he can provide, backed up with countless hours of exceptional research and interviews by Smailes.
Interspersed throughout the book will be a variety of contributions from star drivers and significant figures from the history of DJR along with a dedicated Bathurst 1000 chapter covering the years the Great Race wasn't counted as part of the ATCC/Supercars Championship.
Coming in an exclusive hardcover limited edition print run, each copy of this book will be individually numbered and signed by Dick Johnson AM and Dr. Ryan Story AM making this book an officially endorsed collectors item.
With additional exciting features of this book set to be announced in due course, this is going to be a must have for fans of Dick Johnson and his legendary team.