When Touring Cars were Cool

ETCC, Et Cetera...

While 'Touring Car Racing' often means boring sedans looping around a sparsely attended track on a cloudy day, in the early 1970's it was full of iconic sports coupes and top drivers. In many ways, these races were the European equivalent to the 'classic' era of the American Trans-AM series. (There were even teams that ran the Chevy Camaro...)

The Spa 24 hours

In the mid 1960's this enduro enjoyed a resurgence as a dedicated race for cars in the FIA groups 1 and 2. It was the most important event of the touring car season, and serious factory teams were often involved.

European Touring Car Racing 1964-1965

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

Spa 24 Hours 1964 (Non-Championship)
1Mercedes-Benz 300SE
Robert Crevits
Gustave Gosselin
102
Cls. 7
Ixo
GTM086
Brands Hatch 1964 (ETCC)
1Lotus Ford Cortina
John Whitmore
Peter Procter
19
Minichamps
400 648219
Budapest 1964 (ETCC)
2Lotus Ford Cortina
John Whitmore
22
Minichamps
400 648222
Crystal Palace 1964 (BSCC)
1Lotus Ford Cortina
Jim Clark
57
Minichamps
400 648257
Spa 24 Hours 1965 (Non-Championship)
1BMW Ti/SA
Pascal Ickx
G�rard Langlois van Ophem
4
Div. 2
Minichamps
400 652504

Alfa Romeo GTA 1600

Built by Alfa Romeo's sport division Autodelta, this was a lightened and high performance version of the Guilia.

1966-1969

During these years, the FIA had three groups for touring car racing. Group 1 was essentially off-the-road sedans, and was rarely used in competition. Group 2 was the main focus, and featured factory-made performance versions of base cars with a minimum 500 units.

There was also a Group 5 class that allowed for extensive modifications that went beyond anything that was ever for general sale. BMW made such a car for 1969 by adding a custom-engineered turbocharger to their 2002 ti.

Even Porsche was able to enter the scene, when they used a technicality of the rear seats to get the 1966 911 homologated as a Group 2 touring car.

European Touring Car Racing 1966-1968

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

Monza 4 Hours 1966 - (Round 1 of the European Touring Car Challenge)
1Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA 1600
Andrea de Adamich
Teodoro Zeccoli
63
Div. 2
M4
M47141
4Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA 1600
Rob Slotemaker
Giancarlo Baghetti
76
Div. 2
M4
M47134
Spa 24 Hours 1966 - (Round 6 of the European Touring Car Challenge)
1BMW 2000 TI
Hubert Hahne
Jacky Ickx
17
Div. 3
Minichamps
400 662517
Norisring 1966 - (Round 8 of the Deutsche Rundstrecken Meisterschaft f�r Tourenwagen)
1Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA 1600
Herbert Schultze
60
1600
M4
M47177
Nurburgring 6 Hours 1968 - (Round 1 of the European Touring Car Challenge)
1BMW 2002
Dieter Quester
Hubert Hahne
David Hobbs
(BMW Works Team)
10
Div. 3
Trofeu
1707
DNFFord Escort TC
Peter Arundell
Brian Muir
35
Div. 2
Minichamps
400 688135
DNFFord Escort TC
Frank Gardner
Dieter Glemser
36
Div. 2
Minichamps
400 688136
Spa 24 Hours 1968 (Round x of the European Touring Car Challenge)
1Porsche 911 L
Willy Kauhsen
Helmut Kelleners
Erwin Kremer
32
Spark
(Kremer Team Edition)
MAB009

1969

European Touring Car Racing 1969

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

Brands Hatch 6 Hours (Round 6 of the European Touring Car Championship)
1BMW 2002 TIK
Dieter Quester
Hubert Hahne
(BMW Works Team; Turbocharged)
62
Div. 3
Trofeu
1709
Zandvoort (Round 9 of the European Touring Car Championship) (Division I - Under 1000cc)
1Fiat-Abarth 1000 TCR
Rob Dijkstra
38
Div. 1
Brumm
R419
2Fiat-Abarth 1000 TC
Marsilio Pasotti 'PAM'
28
Div. 1
Brumm
R418
DNFFiat-Abarth 1000 TC
Wim Boshuis
41
Div. 1
Brumm
R420
DNFFiat-Abarth 1000 TCR
Ed Swart
42
Div. 1
Brumm
R421
Nurburgring 24 Hours 1969 (Non-Championship)
DNFBMW TIK
Dieter Quester
Chris Craft
(BMW Works Entry)
26
Div. 3
Trofeu
1720
British Saloon Car Championship 1969
1Austin Mini Cooper S
Alec Poole
(Series Champion)
261
Atlas

1970

The FIA dumped the 'Group 5' touring car class for 1970, as the category never took off the way they had envisioned.

Alfa Romeo 2000 GTAm

Built by Alfa Romeo's sport division Autodelta, this was a lightened and high performance version of the American-Spec 1750 GTV. This export model had fuel-injection, which was an excellent platform for tuning into a race car. For the 1970 season, FIA Group 2 cars could have wider wheels than the stock model, and the bodywork could be modified to accommodate them. The earliest cars had fenders that were cut and affixed with riveted flares to accommodate the wider wheels.

European Touring Car Championship 1970

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

Monza (Round 1)
1Alfa Romeo 1750 GTAm
Carlo Facetti
Toine Hezemans
98
Div. 3
Fabbri
('Alfa Romeo Sport' Collection)
(Issue #17)
Silverstone 1970 (Round 5)
26Ford Escort TC
Jackie Stewart
Chris Craft
17
Div. 2
Minichamps
400 708117
Nurburgring 6 Hours 1970 - (Round 6)
DNFBMW 1600/2
Ren� Herzog
Niki Lauda
61
Div. 2 1600
Trofeu
1705
Spa 24 Hours 1970 - (Round 7)
1BMW 2800 CS
Helmut Kelleners
Gunther Huber
14
Gr. 2 Div. 3
Trofeu
5Mazda R100
Roger Enever
John Hine
33
Div. 3 Gr. 2
Ebbro
43539
DNFOpel Commodore GS/E
Dieter Froehlich
Willy Kauhsen
10
Div. 3 Gr. 2
Minichamps
400 704610
DNFOpel Commodore GS/E8Minichamps400 704608
DNFMazda R100
Toshinori Takechi
Yoshimi Katayama
31
Div. 3 Gr. 2
Ebbro
43537
DNFOpel Commodore GS/E
Jean-Louis Haxhe
Philippe Toussaint
9
Div. 3 Gr. 2
Minichamps
400 704609
DNFMazda R100
Masami Katakura
Clive Baker
32
Div. 3 Gr. 2
Ebbro
43538
DNFOpel Commodore GS/E
Leopold von Bayern
Boo Johansson
11
Div. 3 Gr. 2
Minichamps
400 704611
Zandvoort 1970 - (Round 8)
5Alfa Romeo 2000 GTAm
Rob Slotemaker
28
Div. 3
M4
7048
DNFAlfa Romeo 2000 GTAm
Toine Hezemans
26
Div. 3
Progetto K
PK 131

European (National) Touring Car Racing 1970

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

Deutsche Automobil Rundstrecken Meisterschaft - Nurburgring 300km 1970 (Round 1)
1BMW 2800 CS
G�nther Huber
63
T 3.0
Spark
SG018
Deutsche Automobil Rundstrecken Meisterschaft - Hockenheim 1970
DNFBMW 2002 TI
J�rg Obermoser
68
T 2.0
Neo
45447
Nurburgring 24 Hours 1970 (Non-Championship)
1BMW 2002 TI
Hans-Joachim Stuck
Clemens Schickentanz
36
Trofeu
1715
Minichamps
444700236
Zandvoort 1970 - (Round 4 of the Dutch Touring Car Championship, run as a GP Support Race)
1Alfa Romeo 2000 GTAm
Toine Hezemans
(Error: Box says 'Silverstone')
105
2500
Progetto K
PK 130

1971

European Touring Car Championship 1971

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

Monza 1971 (Round 1)
1Alfa Romeo 2000 GTAm27M47046
15Alfa Romeo 2000 GTAm30M47151
Spa 24 Hours 1971 (Round 5)
1Ford Capri RS 2600
Dieter Glemser
Alex Soler-Roig
22
Div. 3
Trofeu
2305
2Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3
Clemens Schickentanz
Hans Heyer
35
Div 3
Minichamps
400713495
3Alfa Romeo 2000 GTAm
Carlo Facetti
Toine Hezemans
42
Gr.2 Div.2
Progetto K
PK 136
3Alfa Romeo 2000 GTAm
Carlo Facetti
Toine Hezemans
42
Gr.2 Div.2
Fabbri
('Alfa Romeo Sport' Collection)
(Issue #63)
4Alfa Romeo 2000 GTAm40M47193
4Alfa Romeo 2000 GTAm
Nino Vaccarella
Jacques Berger
40
Gr.2 Div.2
Progetto K
PK 135
5Alfa Romeo 2000 GTAm
Philippe Toussaint
Pierre-Yves Bertinchamps
41
Gr.2 Div.2
Progetto K
PK 134
4Alfa Romeo 2000 GTAm40M47193
DNFChevrolet Camaro Z28
Ivo Grauls
Peter Hoffmann
1
Div 3
Premium X
PR0041
DNFFiat 128
Marco de Tomasi
Antonio Dimercati
74
Div 1
Rio
4174
DNFBMW 2002 ti
Bernd Henne
Helmut Bein
64
Div. 2
Trofeu
1728

European (National) Touring Car Racing 1971

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

Race of Champions Brands Hatch 1971 (Round 1 of the British Saloon Car Championship)
1Ford Escort TC
John Fitzpatrick
114
B
Minichamps
400 718114

1972

European Touring Car Championship 1972

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

Spa 24 Hours 1972 (Round 5)
1Ford Capri RS 2600
Jochen Mass
Hans-Joachim Stuck
2
Div. 3
Trofeu
2306
2Ford Capri RS 2600
Gerry Birrell
Claude Bourgoignie
3
Div. 3
Trofeu
2307
DNFBMW 2800 CS
John Fitzpatrick
Hans Heyer
11
Div. 3
Trofeu
2702
Paul Ricard 1972 (Round 7)
1Ford Capri RS 2600
Brian Muir
John Miles
10
Div. 3
Trofeu
2309
2Ford Capri RS 2600
Jackie Stewart
Fran�ois Cevert
(Famous entry by sitting Tyrell F1 Drivers)
7
Div. 3
Trofeu
2304
Jarama 1972 (Round 9)
7Alfa Romeo 1300 GTA Junior
Luigi Colzani
Vincenzo Cazzago (Pooky)
Vittorio Venturi
35
Div. 1
Minichamps
436 721235

European (National) Touring Car Racing 1972

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

DRM 1972
BMW 2002
Dieter Basche
1
Div. 2
Neo
45445
British Saloon Car Championship 1972
1Sunbeam Imp
Bill McGovern
(Series Champion)
1
Atlas

1973

Spa 24 Hours

With the arrival of the (somewhat iconic) BMW 3.0 CSL, the 1973 Spa 24 hours should have been the highlight of the era. The event was marred by three fatalities which occurred in two separate incidents.

European Touring Car Racing 1973

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

Nurburgring 24 Hours (Non-Championship)
1BMW 3.0 CSL
'Jaegermeister'
Niki Lauda
Hans-Peter Joisten
29
Spark
SG004
Spa 24 Hours 1973 (Round 5 of the European Touring Car Championship)
1BMW 3.0 CSL
Dieter Quester
Toine Hezemans
10
Div. 2
Spark
SB026
3Opel
Ren� Tricot
Jean-Louis Haxhe
32
Div. 2
Schuco
02778
14Opel Manta
Loek Vermeulen
Alois Matthijssen
79
Div. 2
Schuco
03445
DNFBMW 3.0 CSL
'Jaegermeister'
Brian Muir
Hans-Peter Joisten
(Joisten Fatality)
21
Div. 2
Spark
(Cartima Special)
Solido
'10 Series'
75
DNFBMW 3.0 CSL
Willy Braillard
Jean Xhenceval
17
Div. 2
Spark
(Belgium National Collection)
SB038