The turbo domination continued right through the eighties with the introduction of the Group A formula in 1985 that saw many high powered Ford Cosworth Sierras imported from Europe that battled it out with the Nissan Skylines powered by FJ20 engines and later the six cylinder RB engine and culminated in the Nissan Skyline GTR that absolutely decimated the competition to the point that it was banned altogether by a rule change that stated 5 litre V8s only which became the V8 Supercar formula that is run today.
This era was not only restricted to turbo cars though with BMW competing in the legendary M3 with Jim Richards winning the 1987 touring car championship in a well fought battle with the Skylines of Fury and Seton that went right down to the wire.
Mazda also having a strong showing with the early series Mazda RX7 running highly strung normally aspirated PP13B engines and winning many races in the early eighties and with very strong showings at the Bathurst 1000. Mazda also continued their motorsport activities after the rule changes with a move to the production car category and won 4 Bathurst 12 hour races in a row culminating in the Australian developed twin turbo RX7SP driven by Dick Johnson and John Bowe showing an extremely well backed factory Porsche outfit the quick way home in 1995.(Photo courtesy Mazda Australia)
Many of these amazing cars are now restored to their former glory and will be displayed in the "Legends of the Turbo Era" display on the skid pan area at World Time Attack Challenge, giving fans the chance to get up close and personal with cars they may have only ever read about.
But don't think this will only be a static display because on both the Friday and Saturday at 12.45pm these cars will be making their way onto the track for a three lap "race demonstration" giving the sights, smells and sounds of a bygone era that is now firmly part of Australian Motorsport history. All of the cars pictured here and many more have confirmed entry.
This is one part of World Time Attack that is not to be missed!