The cars of the British Touring Car Championship…
If you’re anything like me, a super BTCC fan then you’ll completely understand my complete and utter obsession with the cars and their liveries.
Born in 93, my earliest memory of the BTCC was the 1997 season when I was just 4 years old.
My father, Robb Gravett at that time was driving for the independent team, Brookes Motorsport in the partially factory-supported Honda Accord. It was the number 29 white, yellow and purple Rock-It Cargo blasted car that dominated and won the Independent BTCC championship that year. Yes, right in the prime of the much loved and globally supported ‘Super Touring‘ era of the BTCC where there were two split championships running side by side for double trouble.
As we anticipate the release of all the new cars and their liveries for the 2021 BTCC Season it got me thinking… what actually are my favourite BTCC cars? So, with all this spare time in lockdown 3.0, I thought I’d sit down, reminisce and write this article; Bradley Gravett’s Top 10 British Touring Cars.
1997 PEUGEOT 406
In at Number 10, is the incredibly iconic, Green and Gold 1997 Esso Peugeot 406 driven by Partick Watts and Tim Harvey.
1991 FORD SAPPHIRE
Well, I am, of course, biased… so there may be a couple ‘Gravett‘ cars chucked in here. Number 9, is the Trakstar 1991 fully Shell blasted Ford Sapphire.
1996 AUDI A4 QUATTRO
Well, there had to be an Audi, it’s the Beila / Bintcliffe Silver and Red Audi A4 Quattro… a proper beast of a machine.
1997 RENAULT LAGUNA
The 1997 Plato / Menu Renault Laguna, a true icon of the BTCC that will be remembered for its iconic Renault RS bright blue and yellow accents for a long, long time.
2009 BW 320si
Following on from my number 7 car is, of course, my number 6 car…. hmmm… I’ve always had a soft spot for the E90 BMW, especially in the bright Orange RAC livery.
1996 FORD MONDEO
Number 5 is the Robb Gravett 100+, Rock-It Cargo 1996 Ford Mondeo, got to love the Red, White and Yellow colours.
The Nic Hahmilton Team HARD ROKIT car. Touring cars are not easy machines to pilot, even at the best of times, and to do most of it by hand controls is genuinely incredible – full respect!
2020 BMW 330i
Rear Wheel Drive and a Saloon Bodystyle…. the BMW 330i is a proper Touring Car.
1988 FORD RS500 TEXACO
The Soper, Ford RS500 Texaco Eggenberger car… nothing to say… it’s just STUNNING!
And, you can even get it as a Scalextric car, how cool is that!?
1990 FORD SIERRA RS500
Number 1, of course, is the legendary Robb Gravett 1990 championship-winning, under branded, plain white Trakstar Ford Sierra RS500. The car that shaped what the BTCC is all about today.