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oldtimer
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Posted - 20 Feb 2018 :  13:36:13  Show Profile Send oldtimer a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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NEW FACES will add even more competition to the Touring Car Masters field when the series resumes at the 20th anniversary Adelaide 500 this March.

While reigning ProMasters champion Steven Johnson (Ford Mustang) and multiple champ John Bowe (Holden Torana) both return, several new names will hope to challenge the series’ elite when the category for retro muscle cars returns to the streets of Adelaide for the twelfth straight year.

Amongst the new contenders will be former V8 Ute racer Ben Dunn, who takes over the ex-Tony Hunter Chevrolet Monza as he makes his TCM debut.

The New South Wales driver has more than 100 V8 Ute starts to his credit and will join an ever-growing list of drivers with success in that category to try TCM – including the likes of Jason Gomersall and Adam Bressington.

In the hands of former Supercars racer Greg Ritter, the Monza was a TCM race winner and the unique Chevrolet coupe’ will be a welcome addition back in the TCM field this year.

Another expected to compete towards the pointy-end of the field will be experienced Sydney racer, Jim Pollicina.

The experienced Production Car and V8 Touring Cars series’ regular purchased the ex-Adam Garwood Holden Torana A9X from Tasmania late last year and has already had his first laps behind the wheel of the proven winner, at Mount Panorama in a Bathurst 12 Hour support race last week.

Pollicina made his TCM debut last November at the Newcastle 500, driving the ex-Keith Kassulke HQ Monaro that he also owns.

While Pollicina will race the Torana in Adelaide, the MOCOMM Motorsport Communications team has also entered the Monaro - with a driver yet to be named.

TCM’s Queensland contingent will also get a boost this year, with several new names set to join the fun from the Sunshine state.

Utes winner Cameron Wilson was announced to be joining the championship late last year and will race a 1970 Ford Mustang coupe for the first time at Adelaide this March.

The Slideways Go-Karting driver has plenty of experience in high-powered muscle cars, however, with success in Queensland-based Trans Am competition alongside his time in Ute racing.

Meanwhile former open-wheel racer Rob Hackwood will also make his TCM debut in a Mustang, though an earlier, 1965-specification model entered by Ron Prefontaine.

Meanwhile in Melbourne, work continues at the Action Racing headquarters on Marcus Zukanovic brand-new XD Ford Falcon.

While the car may not yet be ready in time for the season opener, the team has plans to contest the event regardless with the Phil Morris-owned XA Falcon likely to be pressed into service should the later-model Ford not be ready.

While new faces will be an obvious highlight of the Adelaide field, returning names will also add depth to the season-opening field.

Adelaidian Greg Keen will contest the series in his IROC Challenge-specification Porsche 911 RS, a car always well suited to the 3.2km Adelaide Parklands circuit.

Former TCM regular Phil Showers will also make a return in his ever-popular Ford Escort RS 1600.

After making his TCM debut on the streets of Newcastle last year, Jamie Tilley – the son of TCM hero Brad – will return to the championship in Adelaide aboard the wheel of the team’s 1964 Ford Mustang.

They Tilley family have provided some of the most popular cars on the TCM grid with Brad Tilley and his popular Falcon GTHO, and brother Cameron’s Valliant Pacer, both Adelaide starters.

The full 2018 Touring Car Masters season-opening field for the Adelaide 500 will be announced in the coming weeks.

A busy schedule for the opening round has also been released.

The category will tackle practice (11:00am), qualifying (1:20pm) and the first race of the year (5:05pm) on Thursday 1 March.

Race 2 will be held on Friday 2 March at 11:15am and the third at 12:45pm on Sunday.

The fourth and final race will be held at 12:30 on Sunday, not long before the second leg of the Adelaide 500 Supercars enduro.

http://www.touringcarmasters.com.au/news/225/58/NEW-FACES-TO-JOIN-TCM-GRID-IN-ADELAIDE

Meanwhile team Johnson apparently has found a XD Falcon donor body for it's TRU-BLU replica (Tru-Blu 3 ?).

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and sadly the Jesus Falc will be likely a non-starter after its crash at Winton in testing... Andrew has a badly bruised foot after that one (can find the video on his fb page if you want to see the crash)

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Seems to continue to be confusion about what TCM really is.
I like the class, but it isn't really historic.
Even the official website describes the class as: more 'retro' than 'historic'

TCM cars are a great racing class with cars that bark, snarl and move around, but there is a big difference between cars that look like those that used to race 'back in the day' and genuine historics.

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Posted - 26 Feb 2018 :  12:36:39  Show Profile Send Legendary Gerry a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
They will have 4 races per event this year!
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They will have 4 races per event this year!



well... until time certain kicks in or a leaf blew onto the track requiring the cancellation of two of them...

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Originally posted by Legendary Gerry

They will have 4 races per event this year!



well... until time certain kicks in or a leaf blew onto the track requiring the cancellation of two of them...



Did ya havta be a party pooper?
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Posted - 27 Feb 2018 :  05:07:25  Show Profile  Visit Trev's Homepage Send Trev a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
he speakum truth

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he speakum truth



Ungachucker em stop em noisy brum brum

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Posted - 27 Feb 2018 :  10:40:23  Show Profile Send Harry S a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
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Originally posted by SuperMono

Seems to continue to be confusion about what TCM really is.
I like the class, but it isn't really historic.
Even the official website describes the class as: more 'retro' than 'historic'

TCM cars are a great racing class with cars that bark, snarl and move around, but there is a big difference between cars that look like those that used to race 'back in the day' and genuine historics.

I don't think there's ever been confusion has there? TCM are not now and never have been true historic cars. They are log-booked as sports sedans and have always had technical freedoms not permitted in historic classes.

When the going gets tough..............
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I had a very good look around Bowe's Mustang a few years ago and other than the body there isn't too much 'historic' about the driveline and suspension

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Posted - 27 Feb 2018 :  12:05:36  Show Profile Send Zac a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
The Monza never raced here as a Touring Car - although I don't know why not, seeing Porsche 911, Mazda RX7 etc did.
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Originally posted by SuperMono

Seems to continue to be confusion about what TCM really is.
I like the class, but it isn't really historic.
Even the official website describes the class as: more 'retro' than 'historic'

TCM cars are a great racing class with cars that bark, snarl and move around, but there is a big difference between cars that look like those that used to race 'back in the day' and genuine historics.

I don't think there's ever been confusion has there? TCM are not now and never have been true historic cars. They are log-booked as sports sedans and have always had technical freedoms not permitted in historic classes.


I'm not confused and certainly you aren't, but I have spoken with a number of people that think these are original 'old timers' as they used to race back in the day.
Plus, this discussion is posted in the 'historics' forum :)

Again, I like the class and the variety it promotes.
Plus I don't cry as much when someone bends one (as compared to genuine historic getting bent).

Perhaps next we could kick off more similar retro classes?
Group S is currently a halfway house, you can build a car from scratch but the restrictions in place don't allow many modifications that were common in the original period.


Or....
SuperRetroCars!
Meaning Sports Sedans with budgets ;-)


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Originally posted by Trev

I had a very good look around Bowe's Mustang a few years ago and other than the body there isn't too much 'historic' about the driveline and suspension


All considered to be 'safety' upgardes too... which is fair enough.
We want to see them fast and loud.


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Definitely no durability or performance upgrades though, eh?
Fast and loud - and faster, but not really louder.
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Originally posted by skaifeman

All considered to be 'safety' upgardes too... which is fair enough.
We want to see them fast and loud.



ummm, no, MSD ignition wouldn't be considered a 'safety upgrade' nor the trailing arm suspension setup, or the engine performance improvements

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Posted - 28 Feb 2018 :  08:19:01  Show Profile Send oldtimer a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
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TECHNICAL INFO
The Touring Car Masters Series is run with technical regulations, as approved by CAMS, comprising touring cars of the pre-1976 era which have been modified in accordance with the CAMS Touring Car Masters technical regulations to maintain a similar appearance to the touring cars of the period.

The technical regulations are borne out of four key technical principles:

+ Safety
+ Cost reduction
+ Reliability
+ Competitive racing

As a result, there are technical allowances for up to date passive safety equipment and sensible technical variations to allow for race schedules, replacement of obsolete components, performance restrictions, individual performance adjustments and up to date active safety components such as brakes.

Regulations available here:
http://www.touringcarmasters.com.au/series-info/technical-info

Go TCM at Adelaide.

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