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
Gérard 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 für 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.

European Touring Car Racing 1970

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

Deutsche Automobil Rundstrecken Meisterschaft - Nurburgring 300km 1970
1BMW 2800 CS
Günther Huber
63
T 3.0
Spark
SG018
DARM - Hockenheim 1970
DNFBMW 2002 TI
Jörg 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
Silverstone 1970
26Ford Escort TC
Jackie Stewart
Chris Craft
17
Div. 2
Minichamps
400 708117
ETCC Nurburgring 1970
DNFBMW 1600/2
René Herzog
Niki Lauda
61
Div. 2 1600
Trofeu
1705
Spa 24 Hours 1970
DNFOpel Commodore GS/E
Dieter Froehlich
Willy Kauhsen
10
Div. 3 Gr. 2
Minichamps
400 704610
DNFOpel Commodore GS/E8Minichamps400 704608
DNFOpel Commodore GS/E9Minichamps400 704609
DNFOpel Commodore GS/E11Minichamps400 704611

1971

European 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
Spa 24 Hours 1971 (Round 5 of the European Touring Car Championship)
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
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

1972

European Touring Car Racing 1972

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

Spa 24 Hours 1972 (Round 5 of the European Touring Car Championship)
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
Paul Ricard 1972 (Round 7 of the European Touring Car Championship)
1Ford Capri RS 2600
Brian Muir
John Miles
10
Div. 3
Trofeu
2309
2Ford Capri RS 2600
Jackie Stewart
François Cevert
(Famous entry by sitting Tyrell F1 Drivers)
7
Div. 3
Trofeu
2304
Jarama 1972 (Round 9 of the European Touring Car Championship)
7Alfa Romeo 1300 GTA Junior
Luigi Colzani
Vincenzo Cazzago (Pooky)
Vittorio Venturi
35
Div. 1
Minichamps
436 721235
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

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
DNFBMW 3.0 CSL
'Jaegermeister'
Brian Muir
Hans-Peter Joisten
(Joisten Fatality)
21
Div. 2
Spark
(Cartima Special)
Solido
'10 Series'
75