Dick Johnson set to drive at World Time Attack event
Dick Johnson is set to pilot a heavily modified NSW Highway Patrol car at October’s World Time Attack event at Sydney Motorsport Park.
The three-time Bathurst 1000 winner is due to take part in the meeting’s Turbosmart Flying 500 speed test behind the wheel of the unique supercharged 600kW (800hp) Ford Falcon FPV GTF monster, tuned by Dick Johnson Racing.
Johnson is set to line up against a range of modified cars in the top speed competition held on the Brabham straight at Sydney Motorsport Park from October 13-14.
Each competitor will receive two runs each day. Top speeds will be measured by a radar speed trap located at the finish line.
The pursuit car was one of the last Falcon FPV GTF sedans to roll off the assembly line and was funded by the NSW Centre for Road Safety.
The vehicle has only ever really been used for static displays at various events around the country in an effort to showcase the latest police technology in an effort to curb the ever increasing road toll.
“This truly is an amazing gesture by the NSW Highway Patrol and apart from putting on a fantastic show for everyone and giving the fastest street cars in the country a chance to take on the boys in blue, there is another side to this.” said World Time Attack CEO Ian Baker.
“The real message here is there is a time and a place for everything. And if you want to drive at high speeds, this is the place to do it.
“In a safe controlled environment such as a race track or drag strip, not on the street.
“We have worked closely with the NSW Police over the years to ensure our event runs smoothly every year and in fact several of their officers have competed in Clubsprint Class many times.
“This year the NSW Highway Patrol will also have a unique display in the StylizeD show area that will showcase some of their special interest vintage fleet from a by-gone era and a bunch of other cool things.
“And I have to say, it will also be pretty damn cool to see the legendary Dick Johnson strapping on a helmet again.”