V8 Supercars have continued to take their unique Australian product to the world over the last few years, and now the actual cars themselves are also finding homes overseas.
A former Supercheap Auto/PWR Commodore has popped back up in England and will be back on track soon.
Owner Alex Sidwell purchased the car in January 2009 and intends to run it in Dutch Supercars and the Britcar Series in the UK, showing that there is plenty of interest in V8 Supercar racing in all corners of the globe.
“I’m an avid watcher of the series and have been since 2000,” Sidwell told BigPond Sport from England.
“I came to Australia in 2005 with a deal to drive with Howard Racing at Bathurst but I overlooked the licence restrictions with CAMS for the development series.
“But it was always my intention to buy a Holden V8 Supercar. I’ve got an SS Ute VY and a VE in the UK as road cars.
“We’ve been building an infrastructure and a team around this car, which has taken some time.”
The car originally was a Holden Racing Team VX Commodore (chassis 047 produced by Dencar) that was debuted with victory by Jason Bright at Winton in 2002. It finished third at Bathurst that year in the hands of Bright and Tomas Mezera.
It was used by Bright in Team Brock colours in 2003 and led the championship in the first half of the season and was then used by both Paul Weel and Bright in PWR Racing livery in 2004.
It was updated in 2005 to using a Perkins Engineering engine from Eastern Creek onwards (by then in Supercheap Auto colours) and used by Weel for the rest of that season before becoming Cameron McConville’s car for the majority of 2006 after he suffered a crash in another chassis at the Clipsal 500.
McConville again used it in 2007 at Pukekohe (where he celebrated his 100th V8SC event start), Winton and Eastern Creek before it had its last V8 Supercars Championship race at Hidden Valley.
It then sat idle when PWR Racing introduced its second VE Commodore before being sold to England in ’09 to Sidwell.
It’s estimated that seven or eight V8 Supercar chassis – Commodores and Falcons – have found their way to the United Kingdom over the last five years with other cars also ending up in Europe and Malaysia.
All up, over 300 V8 Supercar chassis have been produced dating back to the original Group A VN Commodores in 1991 that eventually become winged five-litre/V8 Supercars.
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Posted: Mar 12, 2011 Back