Video: Epic opening laps of the '92 Bathurst 1000
I think we can all agree the best racing eras are well in the past. My personal favourite era was the mid '90s British Touring Car Championship that was readily available on terrestrial TV. It was a magical time. Imagine Alfa Romeo 155s racing Volvo 850s on prime time telly. There's no doubt that that series was a massive part of me becoming a petrolhead and racing fan.
There'd be paint swapped at every opportunity between cars you could see on the way to school the next day. The only thing that might have been missing, but I hadn't realised until recently, was the epic racetrack. Yes, there were some great British circuits, but when I start watching clips of the racing Australia was experiencing at the same time, it blows Snetterton out of the water.
Of course, I am talking about the famous Mount Panorama Circuit used for Bathurst 1000. This might be the greatest and most challenging competitive racing circuit in the world. Pair the tight twisting track with absolutely brutal Aussie racers and you have the best '90s racing bar none.
Not only was the circuit superior to BTCC, but the cars were too. I love a Nissan Primera as much as the next person, but Australia were cracking open a beer and laughing. They had bloody Skylines and a whole field of V8s! I don't think you realised how good you had it Australia.
What's made me turn all nostalgic today? Well, on my internet binge I stumbled across the opening laps of the 1992 Bathurst 1000. Just watch a few clips of Aussie racing and you'll have two new heroes in Dick Johnson and Peter Brock. These guys would have been competitive in any touring series in the world. Just watch these opening laps in all their glory: