Dingoz wrote:I also have the original owners manual with the details of the first owner, second owner was Brad Jones, third owner is me
I actually joined this forum specifically after reading this very thread. As a race fan I well remember that Valvoline Group E Starion. I'd been a Mitsubishi fan since learning to drive in the mid 80s in a plain old Sigma(!) but always fantasised about owning a Starion (which I felt was a vastly superior and more sophisticated point to point driver's car than the much cheaper Cordia Turbo).
Being that sort of fan, I was also a big fan of the young Brad Jones (well, I still am, it is amazing what he and Kim have achieved over the years). I'd watched him go extremely well in Group E in the leaded Perrier Starion (as well as his occasional Group A Starion outings) but as has been pointed out, he was virtually a loner in 1988 when his was the only JD I saw in Group E - at least in all the NSW meets I attended. By 1988 in any case, the Mazda was the dominant car, soon to be usurped by the Supra Turbo.
My memory of those years is pretty spotty these days but I seem to recall the Valvoline Starion was not particularly successful, but not specifically because of the loss of power over the earlier leaded models. I think Brad suffered a few more racing incidents that year than was usual for him - possibly an unavoidable legacy of being caught more in the thick of it all than at the front of field as had been the case in previous years.
I well remember going to an Oran Park meet that year. Brad and Kim were there with an el-cheapo trailer and some near-decrepit panel van used as a towing car for the beautifully presented Valvoline Starion. I asked him for his autograph that day. I think he was stunned. Must have been one of the very first he ever gave! I seemed to recall this was yet another lacklustre meeting - I think there were mechanical gremlins that day - Brad and Kim between races were rather furiously working under the bonnet - not the normal inter race fettling - something was obviously quite wrong. I think it might have been something to do with the turbo.
Either way, these Starions bring back great memories of my race attendances in the 80s and were instrumental in beginning a life-long love of true production car racing. It is hard to forget seeing those Starions going flat out up the hill at Amaroo with the smell of sausages, burned fuel and oil wafting around in the background! To this day I would love to punt one of those JD Group E cars around the race track - I still think as a driver's car they were and remain an icon.
I was therefore really happy to read that this car that holds such dear memories for me not only still exists, but hopefully will be restored back to it glorious Group E days! I can only assume the car must have repainted silver later in life - it was definitely white with blue Valvoline decals over it back in 1988.