Where you can see them in 2014 ..

THE period of 1973 to 1992 lives on for Australian touring car racing fans these days in the form of the Heritage Touring Car historic category for Group A and C touring cars.

The V8 Sleuth really enjoyed the action in the category’s opening round at Phillip Island recently with 40-plus cars entered and turning on some great racing.

Things have progressed very nicely for the HTC category in recent years, its decision to adopt a ‘brand’ name helping to more easily identify it and give it a solid identity overall.

Whether it be Jim Richards roaring around in his 1990 Australian Touring Car Championship-winning Nissan Skyline GTS-R or Bob Holden back behind the wheel of his Group A Corolla from the early 1990s, there is something to enjoy for everyone in the category.

From Dick Johnson’s old Greens-Tuf Mustang in the hands of Bill Pye to Gary Collins’ ex-Win Percy HRT Commodore VL, Milton Seferis’ ex-Peter Janson Group C Commodore to the turbo Nissan Bluebird, there’s something for everyone.

The mix of cars was great at Phillip Island, so if you want to catch more action from the Heritage Touring Car category this year, the rest of the dates for the season are as follows:

Round 2, Sydney Retro Speedfest, Sydney Motorsport Park, May 3-4

Round 3, Historic Queensland, Morgan Park, July 12-13

Round 4, Muscle Car Masters, Sydney Motorsport Park, September 6-7

Round 5, Historic Sandown, Sandown, November 8-9

Plus a non-championship event – Winton Festival of Speed, August 9-10.

V8 Sleuth strives to both preserve and celebrate Australian motorsport’s rich history, from tracking and tracing the race-by-race histories and changing ownership of individual cars, to capturing and retelling the stories of the people who made our sport what it is today.