Heritage Touring Cars
Heritage Touring Cars are the Legends of Bathurst – the Group C & Group A cars that take us back to a golden era of Australian touring car racing, a period that saw the rise and consolidation of Australian motor sport legends such as Brock, Moffat, Johnston, Richards, Grice, Bond and countless others, driving their unmistakably raw and exhilarating Toranas, Commodores, Falcons, Mazdas, BMWs, Jaguars, Nissans and more.
Group C touring car regulations were current from 1973 to 1984, and Group A regulations ran from 1985 to 1992, which in turn made way for the Supercars formula that we know today.
During these halcyon days it was still possible for a privateer team to take on the might of the factory based outfits, and the diversity of classes and makes and models at each event gave rise to the concept of a ‘race within a race’ and provided a truly wide spectrum of appeal to motor sport fans.
The famous ‘Big Bangers’ nickname is linked to the promotion of the 1984 James Hardie 1000 at Bathurst, as, ‘The Last of the Big Bangers’, which heralded the end of the raucous, winged, flared, and wide-tyred era of Falcons, Commodores and RX7s, and ushered in the internationally recognised and more showroom aligned Group A Touring cars including Jaguars, Mustangs, Volvos Sierras and BMWs.
The all conquering Nissan Skyline R32s signified the end of the Group A period, with the ‘Godzilla’ Nissans sweeping all before them in 1992.
Today, the Heritage Touring Cars – The Legends of Bathurst compete under the CAMS 5th Category Historic Regulations for Group C and Group A respectively.
These regulations ensure that the Heritage Touring Cars that you see racing on the track today are the bona fide original racing cars that competed in the era of 1973 – 1992, now back in their period correct livery and mechanical specification. Replicas are not permitted under the CAMS regulations.
Round 1: 13–April, The Bend (Shannons Nationals)
Round 2: 9–10 June, Sydney Motorsport Park
Round 3: 14–15 July, Morgan Park
Round 4: 22–23 September, Baskerville
Round 5: 10–11 November, Sandown