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Monday, 10 April 2017 03:25

Legends: When Davids beat Goliaths

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With cars of varying size set to feature under the Gen2 regulations, V8X Supercar Magazine issue #97 looks back at the head-bashing little guys of Australian touring cars.

Issue #97 is your must-have guide to the new season, including full-field driver profiles, team-by-team changes and event previews. Included with the print edition is a 2017 Freightliner-backed Supercars calendar fridge magnet and V8 champions and Shane van Gisbergen poster.

Issue #97 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 issue #97.

The 1992 season was a year of curtain calls for the Australian Touring Car Championship (ATCC). The final year of the Group A regulations that had been in place since 1985. The final appearance of turbos and cars like the Ford Sierra and Nissan GT-R. And the last time our local variety of V8-powered Holden and Ford Goliaths would experience what it was like to be on the wrong end of a fully opened can of whip-ass.

That final David was BMW's M3, but it was just one of several Australian touring-car contenders to prove that good things don't just come in big packages. With increased car variety set to once again feature in the series, what better time to travel back and revisit them.

The Mini Cooper S was a giant of the production-car world, revolutionising small-car design with its innovative front-wheel-drive layout and wheel-at-each-corner packaging, conquering Mount Panorama with a record that still stands today.

When the mighty Monaro's inherent braking shortcomings proved to be unsolvable – and Holden started to wonder about the consequences of entering into a full-on power race with Ford – the smaller Torana GTR was anointed as the manufacturer's racing weapon of choice.

The Mazda RX-7 stirred up a real hornet's nest during its five-year spell on the Australian touring-car scene. In the eyes of some of the V8 set of the time, this low-slung rotary-powered car simply had no place being on a touring-car grid.

When Allan Moffat powered his to victory at Oran Park in 1983, third-placed Commodore driver Allan Grice is reported to have said, "I came second in the touring-car race!" at the podium presentation.

CLICK HERE to purchase issue #97 to read the full feature on the Davids of Australian touring cars.