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Friday, 29 July 2016 00:00

Shootout: Top 10 iconic racing numbers

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Think iconic Australian touring-car numbers and some immediately come to mind: Peter Brock's #05, Dick Johnson's #17, Larry Perkins' #11 and, of course, the #1 for the reigning champion.

V8X Supercar Magazine ranks the top 10 iconic racing numbers in Australian touring cars in the 'Shootout' section of issue #93.

Issue #93 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 #93.

The #1 is the most prized number in motorsport, for the championship winner from the preceding season, currently represented by Prodrive Racing Australia's Mark Winterbottom.

Other numbers became intrinsically linked to specific drivers or teams.

Triple Eight Race Engineering's Craig Lowndes has used the #888 exclusively since 2005. In China, triple eight is a symbol for triple fortune... and it has certainly proved fortunate for Triple Eight over the last decade.

Larry Perkins debuted the #11 when he formed his own team in 1986. And the double one became a regular feature for the team that went on to win three Bathurst 1000s in 1993, 1995 and 1997. He favoured the #11 as it required the fewest spare stickers, just a box of #1s.

Peter Brock's promotion against drink driving saw him take on the #05 in the mid-seventies, to highlight the 0.05% blood alcohol limit in Victoria. The #05 soon became synonymous with Brock.

Dick Johnson's association with the #17 dates back to his first outings in the championship. And the number became an institution with the success of Dick Johnson Racing, continuing to this day with DJR Team Penske.

But where do these iconic racing numbers rank in our 'Shootout'? And which other number features in the top 10?

CLICK HERE to purchase the print edition of V8X Supercar Magazine issue #93 to read the full feature.