Magic Moments of Motorsport: Great Grand Finals
DVD, 200 minutes
© 2014, Distributed by Beyond Home Entertainment

While this year’s V8 Supercars Championship decider at Sydney Olympic Park turned out to be quite a damp squib – literally! – the grand finales in Australian touring car championships of yore have generally been thrillers.

The latest release from Chevron picks three memorable title-deciding showdowns from the Seven Sports archives of the V8 Supercars’ predecessor, the Australian Touring Car Championship.

Memories of the (sadly) now defunct Oran Park Raceway in Sydney’s outskirts will come flooding back from ATCC fans of the 1980s and 1990s, an era when the Narellan circuit played host to the final round of the championship season between 1985 to 1998.

The first of the three races showcased on this DVD is the 1987 ATCC finale, which featured a baby-faced Glenn Seton and his Nissan Skyline pitched against New Zealand veteran Jim Richards’ beautifully turned out JPS BMW M3. Separated by just three championship points heading into the final race, it would be a winner-takes-all encounter. Richards qualified on the front row, but fluffed the start and allowed Seton to assume the lead and what looked to be a clean run to a maiden championship crown. Fate, however, would have other ideas.

The second feature is the 1990 ATCC decider, which featured Richards – now in the Nissan GT-R dubbed ‘Godzilla’ – up against no less than three other title rivals: the Ford Sierras of Dick Johnson, Peter Brock and Colin Bond. Richards held a three-point lead over two-time defending champion Johnson, while Bond and Brock were relative outsiders at eleven and twelve points adrift. Brock was the best of the Sierras on the weekend, but he completely fluffed his start and was ultimately no match for Richards, who romped to the championship with a comfortable win.

The DVD’s final installment comes from the 1995 season – now in its more familiar V8 ‘Holden vs Ford’ specification – where Seton and Brock were up against Tasmanian racer John Bowe in his Shell Dick Johnson Racing Ford Falcon. Now run in a two-race format – plus a ‘dash for cash’ warm-up race – Bowe held on to claim his one and only ATCC crown.

Magic Moments of Motorsport: Great Grand Finals is available through most major DVD resellers. Our review copy was kindly provided to us by Beyond Home Entertainment.

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