American Cars Uninterrupted Production
October 11, 2011 by staff
American Cars Uninterrupted Production, The first time I got to test the Bathurst 1000 from the interior was in 1981 when he shared an XD Falcon 351ci Brian Callaghan. The production-based Falcon met in the do it yourself shed Callaghan in western Sydney. He built the engine, change, difference, painted it and shut it all together.
The cost: about 20,000 and, Callaghan acknowledged. Then towed to Bathurst. Transporter? Of course not. And unlike flash factory teams and wealthy uncle, who avoided a hotel or a rented house and ate and slept in a caravan in the back of the pits old scruffy. But we did not care. We were running in the Bathurst 1000, and against Alan Jones, Peter Brock, Allan Moffat, Dick Johnson, Jim Richards, Allan Grice … There were 60 starters in the big race in 1981 in three classes – V8,
V6s/rotaries and V4S. Equipment Holden, Mazda and BMW factory that is mixed with sand pirates, a couple of Pl**yboys, two women and a handful of international stars.
If the Melbourne Cup was the race that left the nation, the former Australian 500s/1000s Bathurst dragged the bed to see in the morning and the accumulation of six or seven hours of madness. TV audiences were about 2 million in 1981 our population was under 15 million. Last year, just over 1 million viewers tune
Advertisement: Story continues below Bathurst was harder at the edges then, but it had the atmosphere and nuances that are missing from today’s slick, well-orchestrated competition. Thirty years ago, if a car crashed or stopped, race officials sent a flatbed truck – a mobile chicane – to collect debris. The race continued without interruption. Today, there are regular safety car interventions.
What used to be David v Goliath in metal jackets. There was always something that fascinates, either on track or the antics of drunken fans at the top of the mountain. A recent crackdown on drunkenness has curbed the worst of the dirty deeds.
The cars of 30 years are a bit more fragile – no electronic engine gearbox cuts to avoid over-revving or sequentially to make life easier for drivers. Lap times were slower as well, but the cars slid more. In 1979, Channel Seven created the all-seeing Racecam in-car camera, and imported from renowned U.S. commentators to add color to the broadcasts here and on ESPN in the U.S.. BBC Tribune showed a two-hour package. Today’s race will be seen live on Speed ??Channel cable with a team led by American commentators Darrell Waltrip. While the spectator numbers expected to be modest, V8 Supercars is the hope that it will be the start of something big.
Since 1995, the Bathurst 1000 has been limited to V8 Falcons and Commodores, but the sport is trying to attract other manufacturers. Mike Raymond, former executive producer of the transmission of Bathurst Channel Seven, says the big change in 1995 was inevitable. “The writing was on the wall in 1992 with the European Union turbo Sierras about their use-by date and we wanted a formula Australian Holden and Ford V8 racing much lighter and nimble 2.5-liter BMW and trademarks similar. ”
Raymond said it was always the intention of the powerbrokers who rang the changes for disabled people maintain a weight class for Formula BMW and other cars not Australians. Today’s race has a limit of 29 tickets. No longer can a person build a car adventurous and submit an entry – it must have a license V8 Supercar franchise is worth and more than 1 million.
The V8 Supercars of today are designed for parity formula and the cost of a car is about 500,000 y. The old-time racing Bathurst was always a serious matter, other activities less. In the controlled environment of today’s close, which would not see the driver and front passenger wore Florsheim leather boots instead of driving, such as Allan Moffat did. John French, who won the ’81 race shortened shock Dick Johnson, Vegemite sandwiches helped during their driving.
Cars are now more powerful, faster and safer still. And much more expensive to build and run. Right on the network are impressive professionalism. Television coverage is excellent. However, the category has not been able to attract people and brands outside of the worker population. However, The Great Race is still an exciting contest. We just have to go back 12 months for a proof.
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