It was strange to see your eulogy for Australian Holden cars immediately followed by a comparison between the Nissan Skyline
GT-R R33 and R34 versions. These cars are, of course, successors to the car that dominated locally made racing cars like Commodore and Falcon. When Australia banned any competition from external cars and created V8 Supercars the end was inevitable.
Just imagine – for a moment – if turbos had not been banned. We may have seen a fourand/or six-cylinder Holden Torana that people may actually have bought in great numbers (with a cooking turbocharged model available for enthusiasts).
But no. It had to be V8s and no external competition. The rest, as they say, is history.
Rob Buist, via email Good spot there, Rob. You could also say the Nissan Skyline GT-R wove itself into Australia’s automotive culture ever since that win, and is respected, even if not loved, as widely as the Commodore. However, on your next point. It’s hard to think local motorsport would have ended up somewhere radically different to today, with Gen2 Supercars on the horizon. Maybe we’ll flick that idea to our resident pundit, Mark Fogarty, for speculation!