Top Five of 2012: Touring Cars
The British Touring Car Championship has pitted high-street cars and household-name drivers against each other for over 50 years. And ever since those early years in the late 1950s, the emphasis has always been on door-banging, paint-trading and fender-bending.
John Harvey is one of Australia’s most versatile and accomplished racing drivers. He won numerous Speedway titles in the 50s and 60s, before switching to road racing where he successfully campaigned Brabham’s in the Australian Drivers Championship. He won the 1971 and 1972 Australian Sportscar Championship in a McLaren M6B and the 1983 Bathurst 1000 in a Holden Commodore. He became a household name in Australia during the 70s and 80s as a driver in the legendary Holden Dealer Team, alongside Peter Brock. In this interview John reveals his favourite race cars, his toughest rival and why he supports electric car racing.
The 1994 DTM season was wrapped up handily by Klaus Ludwig, driving a Mercedes’ C-Class V6. In this clip Tiff Needell takes the championship winning machine for a run.
Norm Beechey’s original HK Monaro isn’t nearly as famous as his 1970 title winning car, nor is it a car that could be described as hugely successful, but it is definitely significant in the history of racing Holden’s.
With Nissan confirmed to be competing in the Australian V8 Supercar Championship in 2013, we thought we’d take a look back at their history in Australia with these images fromAutopics.com.au