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Offline robertb

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Given the price of 993RS cars I would have thought the 355ch ,should be of similar value.

These cars will start to leave Australia ,as in the UK/Europe there is a now a strong historic racing group for them ,which races at all the great tracks.



Offline 360c

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I don't think anybody but Ross Palmer raced our old car? AFAIK it only did the 3 races at the Melbourne F1 Challenge car display, driven by Palmer.

Bowe later drove a couple of different 355 Challenge cars in Nations Cup.



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I loved it too - having remorse moments :(

History fixed a little bit.

Some photos of its life

Wow look at you about to be overtaken by a 365!
I love my car. Buy your own



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Wow look at you about to be overtaken by a 365!
I am looking at his grin of being the meat in the sandwich :D
You make something idiotproof, they'll make a better idiot.



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I am looking at his grin of being the meat in the sandwich :D


I am looking at the fella behind with an even bigger grin  :D :p



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Scott you truly have done all the dumb things.


This is fantastic  :thumbsup:

What made these things so good to drive, I never hear a bad thing about them other than service costs



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Offline robertb

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Its a shame a few of you guys did not do historic racing when i did.

Would have been more fun then racing against a group of old guys.

Plus you would have been like me and stuck up for yourself against CAMS and issues with cars.

Shrugs and bought into racing some more interesting cars.



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Scott you truly have done all the dumb things.

Normally more than once Mate !!


This is fantastic  :thumbsup:

What made these things so good to drive, I never hear a bad thing about them other than service costs

As Pee Pee suggested, the sound is 2nd to none. It is pure and unmanufactured in a sound laboratory, unlike the cars of today. Real Old School, spine tingling stuff  :thumbsup:

That aside, what makes them special?  You have to take yourself back to the Oz Ferrari scene of the mid 1990's.
Today Factory modified track specials are common place, and on the track we had the era of Maranello Motorsport importing and campaigning cutting edge Factory race cars in our GT Series.   But go back to the mid 1990's and it had been literally decades since Australia had seen a genuine racing Ferrari. The last ones would have been the 250 SWB and the 250 LM and P4 that were racing here in the 1960's. That is a very long drought to say the least. In the mid-1990's Ross Palmer turned  up and created the Nations Cup GT series that pitted the best GT cars of the times against each other. He imported the 355 Challenge cars to compete in his series, which they did very successfully in the hands of Wayne Park and John Bowe. When the chance to grab one turned up, both Pee Pee and I jumped at it and bought cars, as did a couple of other FCA members of the time. I imagine this was what it felt like to buy an old war horse 250 SWB in the 1960's and go racing. A pretty special feeling :)
At the time track days were like a religion in the FCA and Pee Pee and I had a ball tracking our cars very frequently. Today they don't even have track days :(

So what made them special was partly the times and partly the fantastic memories of things we did with them. Of all the cars that I have owned, the 355 Challenge is probably the one that I hold the fondest memories of.



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