Group A Touring Car Classics
© 2013, distributed by Beyond Home Entertainment
Format: DVD, 152 minutes
Before the series we now lovingly know as the V8 Supercars Championship, its former guise of the Australian Touring Car Championship ran under ‘Group A’ touring car regulations between 1985 and 1992.
The more open technical regulations allowed for a host of different manufacturers – Holden, Ford, BMW, Nissan, Alfa Romeo, Volvo and Toyota – to compete against each other on a wide variety of circuits across the country.
For the first time, Beyond Home Entertainment and Chevron have dug into the Channel Seven archives to package three of the best ‘Group A’ races staged ‘Down Under’.
The two-and-a-half-hour DVD kicks off with the sixth round of the 1985 season, which saw a field including the likes of Peter Brock, Dick Johnson, Jim Richards, Robbie Francevic and Alan Jones tackle a short one-mile version of the Calder Park circuit in a thrilling 60-lap race that was all about tyre preservation.
The second chapter of the DVD fast forwards to the 1987 season and its penultimate round at Sydney’s now sadly demolished Amaroo Park circuit. This was also a cracker, which saw the JPS BMW 6-series racers of Jim richards and Tony Longhurst charge through the field to claim a 1-2 finish.
The final instalment is the seventh round from the 1989 championship, which saw the field tackle soaking conditions at Winton Raceway. George Fury caused a major upset in his Nissan Skyline to claim victory ahead of the utterly dominant Ford Sierra turbos in a race that saw plenty of bent panels!
Using the ‘Chequered Flag’ ratings unique to RichardsF1.com, the Group A Touring Car Classics DVD is awarded:
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Our review copy of the Group A Touring Car Classics DVD was kindly provided to us by Beyond Home Entertainment.