Packed into over three hours of tyre-smoking, panel-rubbing action, V8 Classics features three of the best rounds of racing from the Australian Touring Car Championship, the predecessor to today’s V8 Supercars Championship.
While roaring 5-litre V8 engines are the mainstay of touring car racing today, its heritage stems from the early days in the 1990s when Ford and Holden battled up front, while a handful of two-litre BMWs and Toyotas waged their own battle further back in the pack.
Beyond Home Entertainment have worked with the Seven Network to dig through the archives and deliver some of the best races from this era, including the very first of the ‘V8 era’ of racing, the season-opening round of the 1993 ATCC season at the sadly-bulldozed Amaroo Park circuit in Sydney.
Not only did this race herald the arrival of the 5.0L V8, it also marked the Holden debuts of two of the series’ most popular drivers, Mark Skaife and former world motorycle racing champion Wayne Gardner. The level of panel damage in these races is a delight for any touring car racing fan!
The series crossed Bass Straight for Round 2 of the championship at Symmons Plains, and it was here where former F1 champion Alan Jones finally broke through to claim his first ATCC win in his Ford Falcon, but not without some typically brutish driving from the no-nonsense racer.
The final round showcased on the DVD is from 1996 and its season-opening round on a shortened Eastern Creek layout, which was staging the championship’s first ever series of night races. A certain (then) youngster called Craig Lowndes was making his debut, and he promptly proceeded to show the series’ older chargers a thing or two by impressively winning on debut.
V8 Classics is a terrific walk down memory lane for fans of Australian touring car racing, and it’s a worthwhile addition to your collection.
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The V8 Classics DVD is now available at major DVD and sports retailers for less than $30 – you can order your own copy by clicking here.
Our review copy of the V8 Classics DVD was kindly provided to us by Beyond Home Entertainment.