FEA­TURE CAR 1965 Cor­vair Corsa Turbo

New Zealand Classic Car - - Feature Car -

when the Aus­tralian race of­fi­cials took the onetwo fin­ish away from the Swiss team. It was a bit­ter pill to swal­low for Lud­wig and Niedzwiedz, as scru­ti­neer­ing in the other five rounds of the cham­pi­onship had un­cov­ered no fault with the Sierra’s arches. How­ever, the team had no choice but to ac­cept the de­ci­sion, which ul­ti­mately handed the cham­pi­onship to BMW’S Roberto Ravaglia.

With the 1980s tour­ing car cham­pi­onships now a dis­tant mem­ory, it is fan­tas­tic to see some of the orig­i­nal ma­chines that con­tested those his­toric race se­ries still out on the cir­cuit. The ’80s fielded some of the world’s most renowned rac­ing driv­ers, not to men­tion most iconic race cars.

In the case of Eggen­berger Tex­aco No. 1, it is rare to find a gen­uine ’80s Group A tour­ing car that is in as good a con­di­tion as when it rolled off the fac­tory floor. And when it comes to a car such as this his­toric Sierra RS500 — a ve­hi­cle with a rep­u­ta­tion big­ger than Ben-hur — you don’t just own it, you take care of it. Tex­aco No. 1 isn’t merely a fa­mous race car; it is a ver­i­ta­ble time cap­sule and an un­for­get­table part of mo­tor sport his­tory.

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