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Feature: The non-Ford and Holden Australian touring cars

The non-Ford and Holden features in SupercarXtra Magazine issue #125, celebrating the iconic cars of the Australian Touring Car Championship/Supercars.

24 June 2022

Ford and Holden may be the two pillars of Australian touring cars, but other manufacturers have enjoyed championship success.

Jaguar was the manufacturer to beat in the formative years of the Australian Touring Car Championship, winning the first four titles under the Appendix J rules.

Chevrolet took the final two championship wins in the Improved Production era, with the brand returning to Supercars to replace Holden into Gen3 in 2023.

Mazda claimed a championship win with the rotary-powered RX-7 in Group C, while the Group A era paved the way for more international representation with titles for BMW, Volvo and Nissan.

Non-Ford and Holden manufacturers were locked out of the V8 era until the introduction of the Car of the Future, when Nissan, AMG Mercedes-Benz and Volvo came and went with varied success.

SupercarXtra Magazine issue #125 is a celebration of the iconic cars of the Australian Touring Car Championship/Supercars.

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The following non-Ford and Holden features are in issue #125:

The original reborn: The rebirth of the first winner of the Armstrong 500, the Vauxhall Cresta.

When Davids beat Goliaths. The small cars that defied the odds and defeated their bigger rivals, including the Mini Cooper S, Mazda RX-7 and BMW M3.

Cars of the Rising Sun. Nissan’s history in Australian touring cars leading into its dominant spell with the Skyline.

Welcome to the jungle. The challenge of getting the Nissan Altima and AMG Mercedes-Benz E-Class Supercars competitive.

Shootout! The top 10 most successful cars in the Australian Touring Car Championship/Supercars, including representatives from Mazda, BMW, Chevrolet, Jaguar and Nissan.

The print edition of issue #125 also includes a pullout poster featuring the Nissan Skyline BNR32 GT-R, 30 years since ‘Godzilla’ bowed out of Australian touring cars with a second consecutive championship and Bathurst double.

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