Supercars founding father Tony Cochrane has broken his long silence on the series he invented, lamenting what he describes as a lack of progress.
As controversial as ever, Cochrane doesn’t hold back, criticising the decision to drop V8 from the Supercars series title and questioning ‘woke’ decisions like banning grid girls.
Most pointedly, he laments that Supercars “should be twice as big” as when he left it nearly 10 years ago.
This season is the 25th anniversary of Supercars, started by Cochrane in 1997 as V8 Supercars. The V8 prefix was later dropped when new management decided, unsuccessfully, to pursue more engine configurations.
Coming up on 10 years since his departure, Cochrane charges that Supercars has alienated its fanbase at the cost of broadcast ratings and race crowds.
As well as putting the V8 back into Supercars, he advocates promoting Supercars as aspirational entertainment, emphasising the noise and spectacle over motor industry trends.
Cochrane is on the verge of a comeback as a major motor sport promoter. He’s the boss of SX Global, which has secured the rights to the FIM World Supercross Championship – a series of indoor stadium motorcycle events that will eventually come to Australia. WSX starts on the same weekend as the Bathurst 1000 – October 9-10.
Fogarty’s revealing interview with Cochrane about his new venture and his Supercars legacy will be aired in full on Grant Rowley’s PARKED UP podcast on Thursday.
Also in this week’s PARKED UP PLUS, Super2 star Tyler Everingham on his Bathurst co-drive hope and Scott McLaughlin talks about his IndyCar comeback. Plus, why an S5000 has been sent to America.
All this and more on this week’s PARKED UP PLUS.
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