GODZILLA’S LEGACY

Motor (Australia) - - THE VENT -

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!

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