XD Falcon: Ford’s accidental racing hero

03 March 2014
Queensland’s Dick Johnson was by far Australia’s most successful XD Falcon racer, winning two Australian Touring Car Championships and the Bathurst 1000 in a car that became known simply as ‘Tru-Blu’. Here Johnson is pushing very hard as he hammers through The Dipper on his way to a great victory at Bathurst in 1981 with co-driver John French.

Ford Australia did not want to race its new XD Falcon in 1980. It wouldn’t even homologate it for privateers to race. So how on earth did the XD even make it onto the track let alone become a hugely successful race car revered as one of the greats of the Group C touring car era?

You could say it happened by accident. Well, two accidents really. One was a critical oversight by the sport’s governing body CAMS in relation to the car’s minimum weight during the XD’s approval process in 1979.