The History Behind TOWCAMhd

TOWCAMhd Underwater Towed Strike Camera

The History Behind TOWCAMhd


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)

12 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 and later with the technology improving and getting deep drop vision from the depths became another challenge.

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 game boat skippers but the smaller sportfish boats wanting quality vision as well.

Showing easily captured and unrivaled stunning color underwater strike vision from several custom game boats 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.

TOWCAMhd has been on the backburner now for a few years waiting for technology to catch up then John got sick and further plans to launch were put on hold, the first three batches of TOWCAMhd were launched late 2019 and quickly sold out.

TOWCAMhd development slowed almost to a stop with covid 19 putting many components on the waitlist we have now steady progress as changes were made early and testing was limited we are happy with the package but tweaks are continually being tested as the world opens up from the pandemic.

We, at TOWCAM, are quietly working away at the whole process while we watch the world consume new products and mainly stay at home.

So our market has changed to people wanting to fish from their home base and not travel.

Business has been good, we have just added an exclusive New Zealand dealer to distribute TOWCAMhd and look forward to a great working arrangement with Custom Tackle New Zealand.

Order your TOWCAMhd today email John.

TOWCAMhd Underwater Towed Strike Camera
Image
Order your TOWCAMhd today!

Click Here for More Information

Visit and subscribe to the TOWCAMhd YouTube Account.
TowCamhd YouTube Subscribe
Here's footage from a recent TOWCAMhd Marlin fishing trip on the Gold Coast in Australia.
Image

NEW ZEALAND

TOWCAMhd New Zealand Underwater Strike Cam
Kuri II trolling NZ A distant Marlin in the white water scatters these Kings and Amberjacks together a rare sight for a Marlin Lure.
Kuri II trolling NZ A distant Marlin in the white water scatters these Kings and Amberjacks together a rare sight for a Marlin Lure.
TOWCAMhd  captures live the predators realising the Lures too big anyway and a Marlin is on the scene.
"If you haven't got LIVE vision you've got nothing"
TOWCAMhd  captures live the predators realising the Lures too big anyway and a Marlin is on the scene.

Image

NEW ZEALAND

TOWCAMhd New Zealand Underwater Strike Cam

"If you haven't got LIVE vision you've got nothing"

Image

NEW ZEALAND

TOWCAMhd New Zealand Underwater Strike Cam
Image

NEW ZEALAND

TOWCAMhd New Zealand Underwater Strike Cam

TOWCAM’s creator, V8 Supercar driver, John Faulkner.

John Faulkner Towcam Creator

John  Faulkner originally from Palmerston North, New Zealand in the 70's is a semi-retired professional racing car driver.

Faulkner spent the majority of his racing in sedan based classes, initially small touring cars like Ford Escorts and Capris 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 the Australian NASCAR series held at the Calder Park Thunderdome and other states within Australia.

Faulkner took pole position at the Indy street Race in AUSCAR and NASCAR winning the AUSCAR race.

John won "Rookie of the Year" in NASCAR and AUSCAR just as NASCAR started to decline in Australia.

Faulkner returned to the Touring Car Championship partway through the 1996 Australian Touring Car Championship.

John was a surprise starter in the 1996 Bathurst 1000, initially with an ex-Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore.

Putting the newly formed JFR team 6th on the grid in the top ten shootouts, finishing 4th at Sandown and 5th at Bathurst in 97 before later constructing his own built Holdens.

Faulkner’s team regularly ran way ahead of their higher budgeted factory teams, and went from winning the privateer championship to banging wheels with the main players for several years.

Faulkner gradually wound down Supercars and left the main series after the 2002 V8 Supercar season and took up co-driving with local QLD legend Paul "the dude" Morris and Team Kiwi for two top ten results at Bathurst.

The team continued running Commodores in the second tier Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series until the end of the 2004 season, including running the Holden Young Lions Racing team for drivers Caruso, Dalberto, Brede, Owen, and Wimmer in JFR built V8 Supercars.

John has competed in the Bathurst 1000 18 times.

21 starts including outright wins in other class categories but mainly touring cars and outright wins in the enduros in other production cars and in a JFR  built GTS Commodore between 1980 and 2012.

With his best finish of fifth at the Bathurst 1000 in 1997 with the Englishman, Win Percy.



Watch this clip of John Faulkner, TOWCAMhd's owner and creator, racing V8 Supercars at the 1997 Sandown 500 in Australia.

Visit and subscribe to the TOWCAMhd YouTube Account.

TowCamhd YouTube Subscribe
TOWCAMhd Strike Cameras Gold Coast Australia