Young rally racer ready for next endeavour

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EYES ON THE NEXT PRIZE… From left, 17-year-old rally racer, Josh Bohm and his dad, Darren Bohm are hard at work preparing their 1992 Nissan Silva S13 for their next rally. The vehicle is fitted out with a roll cage, suspension and an important internal fire hydrant system. Photo: Ash Beks.

AT AGE 7, Josh Bohm began getting into racing. He started out young, jutting around full speed on a go-kart, pedal to the floor and instantly out-performing everyone else on the track. Josh’s dad, motoring enthusiast, Darren Bohm, noted his son’s assured fearlessness on the track and how considerably better he performed drifting in wet weather.

“This kid’s gonna race,” Darren excitedly told his motoring mates at the time.

Later, Josh learned to drive standing up between the door and steering wheel of one of his dad’s fixer-uppers and in a blink of his parent’s eye, Josh was competing in autocross in Mooroopna, at age 14.

It’s evident that Josh has racing in his bones and it’s a passion that runs throughout his family. Darren can remember his own dad’s enthusiasm for cars, something evidenced by the array of old and new vehicles scattered across their property, including Darren’s first ever car.

Just last year in November, Josh became only the third ever junior to be granted an exemption to race in the Victorian Rally Championship. At age 17 and still only holding a learners permit, Josh became the youngest ever person to get such an exemption and was granted permission to race in the Excel Rally Series.

With seemingly no concept of going slow or taking it easy, Josh absolutely dominated on the track and became the youngest winner of any series in Victorian rally history, winning outright well before the completion of all heats.

Currently, Josh and Darren are still very excited, reeling from the November win. However, their attention has already shifted to the next campaign and the pair is working hard on the 1992 Nissan Silvia S13 featured in these pictures. Dedicating several nights a week and some weekends to the task, Josh and Darren are enthusiastically working together as father and son toward the next race.

Darren said, “Everything Josh has achieved at such a young age is unbelievable.

“As parents, we are extremely proud of all his achievements.

“I think Josh has a great career ahead of him and we are excited to see how he races in the future.

“Nothing would be possible without the help of our sponsors and we would like to say a big thanks to Alan Roe Bosch Car Service, Whiting and Co. Real Estate, RGI Graphic Images, Crow Constructions, Watters Electrical, John Morrow Refrigeration, Boral Concrete, Redback Promo & Uniforms, WB Hunter, Central Tyres, Foott Waste, Total Plaster, GV Plaster, Simmons Homes, Shepparton Front End Centre and Autobarn Shepparton.”