The Ford RS500 was the car that made everyone in Group A touring car racing sit up and take notice in 1987.
A homologation special, the Ford Sierra RS500 fixed all of the shortcomings of the previous XR4Ti and RS Cosworth model Sierras and created a dominant touring car force.
The two-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged rocket ship tore up racetracks all over the world.
In Europe it was the Eggenberger team that built the best Sierras, in England it was Andy Rouse and in Australia it was Dick Johnson’s Queensland-based team.
The RS500 Sierra was a front-liner in world touring car competition from its debut in 1987 through to the end of Group A, as late as 1992 in Australia.
Many of these Group A racers are enjoying second lives as Historic racing cars while some remain in museums and others have gone to Sierra heaven.
Enjoy these images from The Coventry Collection.
The collection, made up of images shot by Graeme Neander and now owned by Australian television commentator and journalist Aaron Noonan, is rich of ‘down under’ racing imagery covering the 1980s, 90s and 00s with the annual Bathurst 1000 a major feature.
Images: The Coventry Collection
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