Saturday, October 1, 2011
Australian V8 Supercars: From Ashy to Classy
Posted by MotoArigato on 7:56 PM in australian supercars v8 bathhurst phillips island raceway victoria bagwanna vodafone nascar indy car f formula one | Comments : 0
These events are like Nascar races on too much espresso rather than too much crystal meth, wheeling lightweight race versions of what Americans would consider muscle cars through a serpent of tarmac dipping in and out of sculpted speed-inducing hills and shallow valleys. These tracks still have personality. You can see hay piled in farm fields just outside the fence line, the literal barriers of success have yet to be erected. The combination of cool road courses, and cars that are the perfect mix of several types of racing Americans enjoy, makes Australian V8 supercar events such as the upcoming Bathurst 1000 competition the new Indy 500/Monaco GP/Isle of Mann/24 Hours of LeMans/Daytona 500. Tho, to be clear, I do not remember a specific race being yellow flagged due to potentially prehistoric bird-creatures or wallabies wandering onto the course.The drivers seem encouraged to run into one another, maybe it's an Australia thing, don't try to understand it.
This led me to conclude that since Hyundai is the new Toyota (and maybe Lexus in a couple of years) then Holden, and other Aussie carmakers, could be new Big Three. Yes, we know how Holden, GM, Pontiac, Camaro, et al all share a tent, but as a whole, these purebred Aussie cars could lay waste to our fears of giving people too much engine power or too little fuel economy. We promise we will buy those planet salvaging cars, but we want some of these too.