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Tuesday, 13 December 2016 00:00

Flashback: Euro trip in 1986

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Thirty years ago in 1986, a bunch of cavalier souls took leave of their usual Australian Touring Car Championship duties so they could go and stick it to the Europeans.

It was ambitious, courageous and maybe just a bit crazy... some of our best racers, including Peter Brock, Allan Moffat and Allan Grice, driving their own homegrown touring cars, taking on the might of the European establishment on their home soil for the first time.

It was a bit of revenge for the Euros stealing the Bathurst 1000 in 1985 with their big, scary, running-on-dollars Jaguars, perhaps some preparation for the world championship that was coming in 1987.

An exercise this big, ballsy and expensive probably deserved a happy ending, but our Aussie Davids didn't go over to Euro Goliath's big house, bash his big head in and take over the couch.

They did, though, give him the odd fright and lay the groundwork for a brief flash of success for Australians in international Group A competition in the coming years.

V8X Supercar Magazine looks back at the key moments of that historic first European sortie in issue #95 through exclusive interviews with Grice, Moffat and John Harvey.

Issue #95 is on sale now in stores with the digital edition available in the official V8X app (in the App Store and Google Play), online at DigitalEdition.V8XMagazine.com.au and in the Magzter app store.

CLICK HERE for more information on V8X Supercar Magazine issue #95.

The 1986 European adventure ended at the Spa 24 Hour, where the three Australian entries, two from the Holden Dealer Team and Grice's Roadways Racing entry, crossed the line together (pictured above) to take home the Coupe de Roi, the King's Cup, a reward for the team with the best finishing record in the endurance event.

CLICK HERE to purchase the print edition of issue #95 to read the full feature.

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Clipsal 500 Adelaide

2-5 March

Tyrepower Tasmania Super Sprint 

7-9 April

WD-40 Phillip Island 500  21-23 April 

Perth Super Sprint  

5-7 May 

Winton Super Sprint 

19-21 May 

CrownBet Triple Crown Darwin

16-18 June

Watpac Townsville 400

7-9 July

Coates Hire Ipswich Super Sprint

28-30 July

Red Rooster Sydney Super Sprint

18-20 August

Wilson Security Sandown 500

15-17 September

Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000

5-8 October

Vodafone Gold Coast 600

20-22 October

ITM Auckland Super Sprint

3-5 November

Coates Hire Newcastle 500

24-26 November

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Pos

 Driver

 Points

 1

 Jamie Whincup

2850

 2

 Scott McLaughlin

2820

 3

 Fabian Coulthard

2674

 4

 Chaz Mostert

2586

 5

 Shane van Gisbergen

2574

 6

 Craig Lowndes

2160

 7

 Cameron Waters

2071

 8

 Mark Winterbottom

2058

 9

 Garth Tander

2028

 10

David Reynolds 

1956

 Full points table