Talk:Australian Stock Car Auto Racing

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Why did AUSCAR end? --Commking 08:34, 15 April 2007 (UTC)

I suspect it had to do with Bob Jane and his notorious disputes with CAMS. I can't source that though, and it's not on his page here either. --Scott Davis Talk 12:59, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
The answer is much more complicated than that. Essentially the reason the Thunderdome racing was a success was because it gave the people what they wanted, spectacular V8 racing, and most notably Commodore V8 vs Falcon V8. The Australian Touring Car Championship at the time featured turbos and four-pots with the Commodore V8 too heavy and uncompetitive and the Falcon V8 absent, substituted by the British turbo Ford Sierra. When V8 Supercar was created in 1993, people got what they wanted, at Bathurst , so the Thunderdome was no longer different and 'better'. As spectator interest waned so did competitors, taking sponsorship with them. So AUSCAR and NASCAR kept shrinking as V8Supercar grew until eventually division grew between Bob Jane and the competitors created and they were forced to run their cars at places other than the Thunderdome. Without AUSCAR and NASCAR the Thunderdome effectively stopped racing, and the series, now racing on road circuits followed suit as fields shrunk. The same process would happen a few years later to Super Touring as teams and money were attracted across to V8Supercar. Really, the long running Bob Jane / CAMS feud did not have a lot to do with it. --Falcadore (talk) 02:47, 20 November 2007 (UTC)

Re-write[edit]

Since the article is now called Australian Stock Car Auto Racing the article should be more about the sanctioning body that ran Thunderdome racing, and less about one of the categories that run on the Thunderdome program. Perhaps the AUSCAR specific content could be moved to AUSCAR (racing formula). Either way it should allow for the creation of either NASCAR in Australia as either a seperate article, or as a part of this one.

Thoughts anyone? --Falcadore (talk) 22:54, 6 May 2009 (UTC)