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Thursday, 12 May 2016 00:00

Manufacturer devotion: Ford or Holden loyalists


There's a perception that the drivers of yesteryear were more brand loyal than their counterparts of today. But the likes of Brock, Moffat, Johnson and co defected at one point or another, as we see in our defectors feature.

In many cases, it's drivers from the V8 era that stuck with either Ford or Holden. As manufacturer alliance became more important in the Falcon and Commodore era, loyalty to a particular make increased.

CLICK HERE for more on the defectors.

V8X Supercar Magazine issue #92, a special Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore edition, takes a look back at the most-notable defectors between the Blue Oval and the General and the loyalists.

V8X Supercar Magazine issue #92 is on sale now in stores with the digital edition available in the official V8X app (in the App Store and Google Play), online at DigitalEdition.V8XMagazine.com.au and in the Magzter app store.

CLICK HERE for more information on V8X Supercar Magazine issue #92.

Mark Winterbottom's relationship with the Blue Oval dates back to winning the Ford Kart Stars scholarship championship in 2001, which earned him a factory-backed drive in the Australian Formula Ford Championship.

He went on to debut in V8 Supercars with Stone Brothers Racing and continued his relationship with Ford at Larkham Motor Sport before promotion his into the factory-backed Ford Performance Racing team in 2006.

Garth Tander can also claim manufacturer exclusivity in his V8 Supercars career, from his debut with Garry Rogers Motorsport through to his inclusion in the factory-backed HSV Dealer Team and Holden Racing Team.

Read more about other loyalists, the defectors and more in V8X Supercar Magazine issue #92, on sale now!

CLICK HERE to purchase the print edition of V8X Supercar Magazine issue #92.


Clipsal 500 Adelaide

2-5 March

Tyrepower Tasmania Super Sprint 

7-9 April

WD-40 Phillip Island 500  21-23 April 

Perth Super Sprint  

5-7 May 

Winton Super Sprint 

19-21 May 

CrownBet Triple Crown Darwin

16-18 June

Watpac Townsville 400

7-9 July

Coates Hire Ipswich Super Sprint

28-30 July

Red Rooster Sydney Super Sprint

18-20 August

Wilson Security Sandown 500

15-17 September

Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000

5-8 October

Vodafone Gold Coast 600

20-22 October

ITM Auckland Super Sprint

3-5 November

Coates Hire Newcastle 500

24-26 November






 Jamie Whincup



 Scott McLaughlin



 Fabian Coulthard



 Chaz Mostert



 Shane van Gisbergen



 Craig Lowndes



 Cameron Waters



 Mark Winterbottom



 Garth Tander



David Reynolds 


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