The series has proven to be such a winning formula that fans voted it the most popular support category in a recent Speedcafe.com survey for two consecutive years. Now owned by the Australia Racing Group, TCM is a popular support category for the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships, along with the Supercar Bathurst 1000 and the Bathurst International.
TCM rounds are often held in conjunction with some V8 Supercar rounds, which adds to the fans’ overall experience of blockbuster motorsport events. The TCM series and its fans get to enjoy retro V8 action at some of Australia’s best championship tracks including Sandown, Sydney Motorsport Park, Queensland Raceway, Townsville Street Circuit, and of course the main event of the season—Mt Panorama, home of the Bathurst 1000.
TCM racing is famously hard, with high horsepower, plenty of passing opportunities and hair-raising sideways action to keep you on the edge of your seat.
QUALIFYING HIGH-PERFORMANCE TCM CARS
As demand for the Touring Car Masters has grown, a steady stream of increasingly modified cars have joined the line-up, raising the bar for design and performance within the series.
Currently, there are 17 eligible models that compete in the Australian Touring Car Masters including: Toranas, Falcons, Commodores, Camaros, Mustangs, and Pacers, all with varying mechanical and aerodynamic characteristics.
Each TCM car starts with a standard body but is heavily modified for racing. This includes engines, suspension, brakes, wheels, tires and a limited number of aerodynamic aids. More exotic technologies have mostly been limited to keep the cars recognisably retro and provide a thrill for spectators who remember these amazing cars at the peak of their racing careers.
Due to their age, it’s getting harder to find a TCM eligible car body in good enough condition to get race ready. Most require extensive restorations and rust removal. So while a TCM car may not be as expensive to build as a V8 Supercar, a top tier specimen is still valued at around the $300,000+ mark, with annual ongoing maintenance and damage costs running into the annually.