The Commodore had big shoes to fill when it became Holden's flagship model in 1978, replacing the Kingswood on the road and the Torana on the race track.
V8X Supercar Magazine issue #92 reflects on the Commodore and Ford Falcon legacy, from their origins, on and off track battles, the greatest models and drivers and a look ahead to what will be the final generation to be part of this rivalry.
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Australian touring-car racing was at a crossroads when the 1980 Australian Touring Car Championship (ATCC) kicked off at Symmons Plains in Tasmania on March 2.
The first era of Group C, starting in 1973, had come to an end. Ford and Holden had pulled their backing from the sport and the Falcon hardtop and various iterations of Torana that had dominated the grid right up until the end of 1979 had been superseded in the showroom.
Teams faced a new decade with new cars, revised Group C regulations and factories unwilling to play ball. The days of showroom models being built specifically to bring speed on the track, it seemed, were over... except they weren't.
A new name had arrived, one that would deliver Holden even more on-track success than the celebrated Monaro and Torana and draw the line between hot Australian road cars and their racing brethren closer than at any time since the production-series days of the late 1960s and early 1970s. That name? Commodore.
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