4th December 2023

Australian racing legend Dick Johnson says he hasn’t felt welcome at Winton Motor Raceway ever since bowling out certainly one of his most iconic one-liners.

Throughout the 1990 Australian Touring Automotive Championship season, Johnson advised commentator Mike Raymond that the circuit was “Like working a marathon round your clothesline.”

In its infancy, the agricultural race monitor was simply two kilometres lengthy earlier than an extension was established, taking it out to a few kilometres.

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The unique format close to Benalla left little time to relaxation, prompting the well-known line from Johnson.

Dick Johnson is certainly one of Australian motor racing’s most iconic names. (File)

Nevertheless, it isn’t one which has essentially resonated with custodians of the circuit, he mentioned.

“Each time I am going to Winton I get in hassle,” mentioned Johnson on the Parked Up podcast.

“Everybody jogs my memory of the time that I mentioned ‘driving round Winton is like working a marathon round your garments line’. 

“I’ve by no means been that welcome there ever since.”

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The revelation comes after being requested whether or not he can be attending the forthcoming Touring Automotive Masters spherical on the circuit close to Benalla, two hours north of Melbourne.

Johnson’s son, Steven, can be racing within the Touring Automotive Masters area.

“I’ve had sufficient journey for some time, in order that’s high quality,” mentioned Johnson.

One other of Johnson’s favorite most frequently used one-liners was extra philosophical – “the one factor you get by trying again is a sore neck.”

He was additionally liable to rolling out “as ineffective as an ashtray on a bike” at opportune occasions. 

He as soon as described driving the Ford Sierra Cosworth within the 1992 Bathurst 1000 in moist situations as being “like chewing a leg on a chocolate frog! It is about that a lot enjoyable.”

Dick Johnson returned to Mount Panorama in 1981 the place he received the Bathurst 1000 in a Ford X Falcon. (Fairfax Photographic)

Johnson is a co-owner within the eponymous Supercars group, which stays the oldest working group within the championship.

Johnson, now 78, often travels to Supercars occasions these days.

His son will kind a part of the Touring Automotive Masters area at Winton Motor Raceway on June 9-11.

The SpeedSeries occasion is headlined by the TCR Australia Collection and joined by the a wholesome line-up that includes the Nationwide Trans Am Collection, S5000, V8 Touring Automobiles, Sports activities Sedans, and Formulation Ford.

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