Ten of the best from 60 years of the BTCC

Motor Equipment News - - MOTORSPORT - By Ross MacKay. Pho­tos cour­tesy Au­tosport.

With 2018 mark­ing 60 years of the Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship, the or­gan­is­ers of the an­nual Au­tosport In­ter­na­tional trade show cu­rated a dis­play of what they con­sid­ered were the ten most iconic cars.

From thun­der­ous Amer­i­can mus­cle cars to diminu­tive Bri­tish heroes, they were: Lo­tus Cortina One of the sev­eral fast Fords that punc­tu­ated BTCC’s 60-year his­tory, the Lo­tus tweaked Cortina was small but mighty. At the hands of greats such as Jim Clark (who won the 1964 Cham­pi­onship at the wheel of a Cortina) and Sir John Whit­more, the lit­tle Cortina brought home big re­sults, reg­u­larly seen on three wheels at apexes through­out the UK. Mini 1275 GT A rac­ing leg­end in other dis­ci­plines, the plucky lit­tle Mini was a hit in the BTCC too. Able to carve through a grid like noth­ing else, the Mini be­came known for com­ing out on top over far big­ger, more pow­er­ful ri­vals. As with the Volvo, the BTCC pres­ence of the Mini did won­ders for pub­lic opin­ion of the model.

Lo­tus Cortina.

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