The history behind TOWCAM.
With a professional career in Australian motorsport spanning over 30 years as a driver and later team owner, John Faulkner has engineered and built most of his own racing cars, from driving factory team supported sprint karts to in house built current spec v8 supercars. Under the team name JFR, John Faulkner Racing evolved from Karts, Group A Toyota’s, Nascar and Australia’s premier category V8 Supercars.
The first prototype TOWCAM was ready in 2003, the very first time it was deployed while feeding it back to our lures one of the crew was watching the TV screen in the saloon, with a large mouthful of watermelon spraying over the teak cockpit he yelled MARLIN ! MARLIN! There’s a marlin on the camera. All eyes searched the spread, nothing! we hadn’t set the recording button either, so we had to listen to him all day about this marlin we missed
The fish was getting bigger each time he reminded us. (True story)
Five years on, Two Queensland GCGFC championship top marlin boat awards and two outright tournament wins, all the while testing and developing TOWCAM units at sea. Utilizing a race car component Rapid prototype profiling machine to achieve low surface pressure and dive range along with gravity center.
We unveiled TOWCAM at the biggest boat show of the year Sanctuary Cove, TOWCAM was not on sale but the valuable feedback highlighted the demand out there with not only the seasoned pro charter and gameboat skippers but the smaller sportfish boats wanting quality vision as well.
Showing easily captured and unrivalled stunning color underwater strike vision from our boat Five Star, Castille, and Too Easy, using TOWCAM and Pole cam’s vision exclusively, our display stand was assured of a crowd. Proudly John was there showing off his product explaining how good a bait & switch tool he had and signing the odd autograph for those that recognized the veteran race car driver.
TOWCAM’s creator, V8 Supercar driver John Faulkner
John Murray Faulkner (born 24 August 1952 in Palmerston North, New Zealand) is a retired racing driver. Faulkner spent the majority in sedan based classes, initial small touring cars, Ford Escorts and Capris initially before joining Toyota Team Australia’s team of factory supported Toyota Corolla touring cars. After engine capacity classes disappeared from the Australian Touring Car Championship Faulkner moved into Superspeedway racing, establishing John Faulkner Racing to compete in the AUSCAR and Australian NASCAR series held almost entirely at the Calder Park Thunderdome. As NASCAR died in Australia, Faulkner returned to the Touring Car Championship partway through the 1996 Australian Touring Car Championship, and was a surprise starter in the 1996 Bathurst 1000, initially with an ex-Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore, before later constructing his own Holdens. Faulkner’s team gradually wound down and left the main series after the 2002 V8 Supercar season. The team continued running Commodores in the second tier Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series until the end of the 2004 season, including briefly running the Holden Young Lions identity.
He has competed in the Bathurst 1000 on 18 occasions between 1980 and 2005 with a best finish of fifth in 1997.