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          The Bowin Koala was a Formula Junior class of car, designed and built in 1962 by John Joyce, founder of Bowin Cars in his grandparents backshed.
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          Bowin development chief John Joyce checks his export Bowin P6F cars before final Packaging for shipment to Canada in 1973.
          Bowin development chief John Joyce checks his export Bowin P6F cars before final Packaging for shipment to Canada in 1973.
          BOWIN P8-118-72 Warwick Farm debut - Photo courtesy of Tony Glenn
          BOWIN P8-118-72 Warwick Farm debut - Photo courtesy of Tony Glenn

          The Bowin car company was founded in 1968 by John Vincent Joyce (1938 - 2002), a successful designer and builder of racing cars and in later years gas appliances incorporating LO-NOx Technology. John Joyce travelled to England and joined  
          Team Lotus
            as a Project Engineer, later to become the company's Chief Development Engineer during the mid to late 60's. While at  
            his responsbilities included design and development of all aspects of formula type race cars; 
           , sports, rally and high performance road cars. His projects at Lotus Cars included the famed  
            and Lotus Type 40.

          On return to Australia in 1968 he started his own company, Bowin Designs Pty. Ltd., which designed and built racing cars for sale in Australia. Fifty six cars were built in total between 1968 and 1976. During this period he carried out several projects for Ford Motor Company and Leyland Motors on suspension design, to improve road holding of Ford Falcon, Ford Escort and Morris Marina known in Australia as the Leyland Marina.

          Approximately ten racing cars were sold for export to Canada, New Zealand and South East Asia. Bowin Cars have raced successfully in these countries as well as Europe.[1]

          Bowin Cars are best remembered for dominating the  
          Australian Formula Ford Championship
            with 16 podium finishes from 1970 - 1983 (Formula Ford Championship Ranking). It tookthe UK car maker, Van Diemen until 1993 to surpass Bowin's all-time Australian Formula Ford Championship ranking. Bowin Cars still stand as the best Australian built Formula Ford,winning a total of four Australian Formula Ford Championships in 1972, 1974, 1976, 1978. The company also built and competed in the  
          Formula 2
            & Formula 5000 class, however, the cars were never able to achieve the same success as it had in Formula Ford. A handful of these historical Australian cars of the 60's & 70's can still be seen racing in Australia & Canada today.

          In 1976, when the demand for racing cars declined in Australia, the company changed its core business, branching out into making a wide variety of appliance products from a new type of industrial cookers called the  
          set n forget cooker
            to railway lighting systems. In the early 1980's the company concentrated its design, engineering and entrepreneurial expertise on developing a range of gas appliance products for domestic, institutional and light commercial markets world wide.In 1985 a modern gas appliance manufacturing facility was built replacing the old car factory site. During this time the company won a contract to supply gas-heating systems to government schools in Australia with a gas burner designed to reduce emission and improve air quality called the  
          LO-NOx burner

          John Joyce the founder of Bowin Cars died of a heart attack in June 2002 and is survived by his wife Pam and three sons.

          The BOWIN name came whilst John Joyce was flying back to Australia from England to attend his younger brothers Funeral (Frankie). He was flying on the  
            Airlines. However, the name has a meaning.... Born To Win, Bred To Win, Bound To Win!


          All Bowin Cars started with the letter P, which simply stood for project.

          Earlier Models

          In fact, two  
          Formula Junior
           s were designed and built by John Joyce prior to the formation of Bowin Cars.
          • (P1) -A Cooper-based car in 1959
          • (P2) - The Koala in 1962.

          Bowin Models

          • Bowin P3- 1967-1970 P3 Formula 2 Car
          • Bowin P4- 1970-1974 P4 Formula Ford Car
          • Bowin P6- 1972-1974 P6 Formula Ford & Formula 2 Car
          • Bowin P8- 1973-1975P8 Formula 2 & Formula 5000 Car

          Special Projects

          • (P7)- 1973-1975 "Super" Falcon GTHO Touring Car Project
          • (P9)- 1973 Super Lightweight Alfa Romeo GTA


          Websites Featuring Bowin Cars

          • Australian Formula Ford Association
          • Australian Formula Ford Championship Results
          • Photo Gallery of Bowin Cars
          • Historic Racing Car Club - Qld Australia
          • Tasman Racing Series

          General External Links Related to Bowin

          • Bowin Company Website
          • Manufacturing Article on John Joyce
          • Nitrogen oxides emissions standards for domestic gas appliances a background study - Features Bowin LOx NOx Burner
          • Australian Technology Showcase - Bowin Ultra Low Nox Gas Burner System
          • Australian Design Award Winner Ranking