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On February 1 in 1960, at the Gnoo Blas Motor Racing Circuit in Orange in New South Wales, the Australian Touring Car Championship was born.
Forty-eight cars took to the grid across five classes that day, from the Jaguar Mark 1 3.4 that triumphed in the hands of David McKay to the Austin A40 Farina of Brian Foley that won the under 1000cc class.
It marked the start of something big with the championship growing massively over the coming decades, from the single-race deciders of those early years to multiple rounds and then the inclusion of the great endurance races such as the Bathurst 1000 and regular ventures outside of Australia.
The history of the Australian Touring Car Championship/Virgin Australia Supercars Championshiprules since 1960 showcases in its own way the evolution of the automotive industry in Australia and the guiding principles of parity that have been part of the championship throughout its six decades.
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