The Virgin Australia Supercars Championship has now dropped the V8 tag from its title, 20 years on from the time the V8 Supercars revolution had just begun.
V8X Supercar Magazine looks back at the rise of Tony Cochrane and AVESCO, as we approach the 20th anniversary of Cochrane's arrival as a major player in the Australian Touring Car Championship, in issue #93.
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The AVESCO take over led to a decade of incredible growth for the series that would be known as V8 Supercars from 1997.
Issue #93 presents the 10 most significant developments from that first decade, from 1996 to 2006.
AVESCO set about capitalising on the popularity of the V8 era with a new television deal with Network Ten and a catchy new name, V8 Supercars.
The new era started under lights at the Calder Park Raceway for the first round of the 1997 season, elevating the status of the championship with regular television coverage.
Three different winners from the three races (Greg Murphy, Wayne Gardner and Glenn Seton) at the spectacular under lights Calder Park round showcased the competitiveness of the category to a whole new audience.
Other milestones featured are the inclusion of the endurance events at Sandown and Bathurst into the championship, the arrival of the Adelaide street-circuit event that became known as the Clipsal 500, the creation of the second-tier Development Series, the first championship event in New Zealand and more.
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