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Thursday, 26 May 2016 00:00

Top 10 Commodores: The General’s finest

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After debuting on track in 1980, the Commodore went on to enjoy success across the Group C, Group A and V8 Supercars eras.

V8X Supercar Magazine issue #92, a special Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore edition, ranks the top 10 most influential and successful Falcons and Commodores, from on and off the track.

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.

It all started with the VB Commodore, which managing director of General Motors Holden Chuck Chapman promised "will reshape the whole structure of the Australian passenger car market" when it launched in 1978.

The Commodore made its motorsport debut off road in the Repco Reliability Trial, with Peter Brock leading home a Commodore one-two-three to highlight the model's strong reliability. The Commodore debuted in the touring-car championship as a replacement for the Torana in 1980, under revised Group C regulations, though had been updated to the VC by the endurance events.

The VB kick-started the Commodore's winning pedigree with the comfortable championship success in 1980. It's cosmetic upgrade, the VC, continued that winning run at Mount Panorama later that year, but the Commodore would not win another title until the V8 era in 1994, meaning the VB remained the only championship-winning Commodore in Group C.

Flash forward to the current VF Commdore, which won the championship on debut with Jamie Whincup in 2013 and backed that up with another comfortable title success in 2014. And while the new Ford FG X Falcon got the better of the VF in the championship, the Commodore prevailed at Mount Panorama with Craig Lowndes and Steven Richards last season.

In between the VB and VF, there's been a host of Bathurst and championship-winning models over the last three and a half decades; many of which became iconic for their success on the track.

Grab a copy of V8X Supercar Magazine issue #92 to read the full feature and see the order in which we rank the top 10 Commodores.

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