2010 V8 Supercar Season Starts Feb 18 with P!NK as Ambassador

The Greatest Show on Wheels finally returns after its winter summer break, and I couldn’t be more excited about it.

Jason Bright's newly-liveried Trading Post Commodore

As we’ve told you previously, the Australian V8 Supercar Championship is finally coming to Speed for those of us in North America. This is fantastic news, and those of you who haven’t completely given up on the channel will have noticed recently that they are suddenly — albeit with some seeming reluctance — showing all kinds of great racing. Formula One, British Touring Cars, DTM, all are suddenly evident, and not only that, in High Definition no less! Be still my beating heart!
So why should we, as Hoons, care about one more obscure form of racing? Well, aside from that which I laid out in the earlier article, there is a further reason. The very term from which we draw our name, “hoons”, is an Australian term. Granted, in Australia, it is generally a derogatory term, but we are reclaiming it. We believe that those people who enjoy their cars, and enjoy driving them in an aggressive manner, are not necessarily the reprehensible sort Toyota your grandparents the media society some would have you believe they are. We don’t condone illegal activity, but we also don’t condone letting your car sit in a garage as a trailer queen. As such, the V8 Supercars, and the Australian Touring Car Series that preceded it, are our forefathers, of a sort. They began racing their upgraded street cars on closed public streets, and they did it because it was what they loved to do.
So what do you need to know, going into this new season? Well, first and foremost, there are two new races over last year.
The all-new Abu Dhabi circuit.

This is good news, as taking the cars and drivers out of their comfort zone always makes for good racing. The Desert 400 in Bahrain took a hiatus last year due to external and scheduling conflicts, but it returns for 2010 along with the all-new season opener, the Yas V8 400 in Abu Dhabi. This is not only a new race, but a new circuit, having hosted its inaugural event only last year with Formula One. As such, it’s unfamiliar turf, so no driver has any distinct advantage, as they do with many other courses. Furthermore, for the desert races, they have opted to use course layouts very close to those used by the F1 cars, which has the potential to mean exceptionally high speeds from these modified production cars. Some drivers last month were speculating about top speeds well in excess of 300 km/h at multiple points across the circuit. The impact this could have on tire-wear and fuel mileage could result in very dramatic racing, as most of the fastest courses top out at about 290 km/h.
The other biggest pieces of news are somewhat more political. Ford, for instance, largely pulled its support for race teams in the past year. As such, the Championship-winning team, Team Vodafone, announced late last season that they would part ways with Ford and begin to race for the rival Holden camp instead. To us, this may seem trivial, but to Australian Ford fans, this would be akin to Carroll Shelby announcing he no longer liked Mustangs and was going to start modifying Priuses instead.
The "traitorous" new Commodore.

This is all the more significant in that Team Vodafone is owned by a company called Triple-Eight Race Engineering. They have built some of the fastest Falcons in the series for multiple different teams; because of their rift with Ford, they will now transition to building Commodores instead. This means that several of the smaller teams have nobody to turn to for their next-generation race car when it is needed.
Further adding to the drama is the news that Ford, in all its idiocy wisdom, has announced they will not be replacing the current-generation Ford Falcon when this model’s lifespan is up in 2015. It is their intention that the fire-breathing, V8-powered, rear-drive, full-size 40-year-long homegrown Australian legend that is the Falcon should be replaced with the milquetoast Taurus global platform instead. For the record, Ford tried this back in the 1980s and 1990s with previous generations of Taurus. They sold about a dozen. Total. As an aside, Ford has also announced that it will be creating an all-new platform for the next generation Crown Victoria, which will be V8-powered and rear-wheel-drive, and that platform will not be exported to Australia.
Say what you like, I think she's hot.

This news has not been received well in Australia, if Facebook, Twitter and various Australian forums are to be believed. As such, there is a great deal of hostility towards Ford for its perceived slight to the Land Down Undah; look for them to receive something of a villain’s role in this year’s race series.
With just over a week to go before the start of the new series, there’s plenty of drama to go around; and any time the drama increases, so does the excitement of the racing.
Oh, and a few gratuitous shots here and there of P!nk in tight leather can’t hurt either. So sue me, she’s a guilty pleasure, and I have no problem with welcoming her on board.
[Special thanks to Jason Bright for the link to the video; images courtesy of Team Vodafone, Britek Racing and V8Supercars.]

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  1. UDman Avatar

    Sorry, I don't think Pink is all that hot. As far as Speed Channel, I don't subscribe to it. To get it, I would have to upgrade the Cable Package, and I just can't justify the cost.

    1. Deartháir Avatar

      Try this, it may change your mind on Pink:
      [youtube TUqwF-ccKQE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUqwF-ccKQE youtube]

      1. engineerd Avatar

        Pink is on my list. You know, the list of women I can honk bobos with and Mrs. engineerd can't say boo about it.

      2. Tim Odell Avatar
        Tim Odell

        I fully anticipate a bump in traffic from angsty social outsider girls who act like they don't care what the cool kids think, but secretly want nothing more than to be popular.

        1. Deartháir Avatar

          Sigh. Yes, you're probably right. Pink's fans tend to suck, but her music (excluding the annoying teenie-bopper pop shit that she's freely admitted is just on her albums so she doesn't alienate her OMG! Girl following) is actually quite good. She has a solid foundation in folk and blues, and as she gradually moves her sound in that direction, it keeps improving.

          1. Tim Odell Avatar
            Tim Odell

            On balance, an influx of lonely outsider girls is probably a good thing for the single members of our mostly-male, mostly-outsider readership.
            That said, many (most?) pop musicians tend to be very musically talented. I just turns out that in order to be commercially successful, you have to fit the mainstream mold. Typically those with talent and professional integrity parlay their commercial success into less commercially successful later albums.

    2. Feds Avatar

      On the grand scale, she's not that hot, but she maxes out the "Damn that looks like fun" category.

  2. Target29 Avatar

    Racing a four door stock car like the "original" NASCAR could only be topped by racing the 'Utes based on these sedans.

    1. Deartháir Avatar

      That would be the V8 Utes Series. It's two or three levels below the V8 Supercars, but engineerd likes it even more than the Championships! Definitely worth checking out.

      1. engineerd Avatar

        I don't necessarily like it more than the Championships, but it's some damn fun racing. Hell, some of the Utes still have the factory stereo in them!

  3. engineerd Avatar

    Dearthair, I love you. No, I'm not ashamed to say that.
    Ford is being idiotic in their product planning. I understand they are trying to use more global platforms, and I encourage that. However, you still have to respect regional tradition/taste/pride. Australia is proud of the Holden and Aussie Fords. Keep 'em. Improve 'em. Maybe even bring them to the US and Europe.
    Based on the resistance to this plan, I would not be surprised to see Ford change course. There's still plenty of time to design a replacement for the current Falcon FG.
    Having said that, I'm still a Winterbottom fan. And I still like Whincup and Lowndes, even if they are traitors 😉

    1. Deartháir Avatar

      I'm a big fan of Lowndes. Not a fan of Whincup at all. Whincup uses dirty moves, cheap tricks and borderline illegal practices, gets away with it because of his "good boy" image, and then bitches, whines and complains if someone else does the same trick to him.
      Lowndes, on the other hand, is a blatantly aggressive driver. He will use every trick in the book to get past you, and has no problem telling you that. If you do the same move on him, he'll find you after the race and give you a high-five. The same can be said of Garth Tander, who is probably the driver I would say I "follow" most, when Mark Skaife isn't on the track.
      Also, with regards to the Falcon, one of the latest responses I've heard is that Ford Australia will keep the Falcon alive even against Ford Galactic Central Command's wishes. They've said they'd simply put a new nose and tail on the Mustang and re-brand it as the Falcon Coupe, because Australia doesn't really care about the Mustang.

      1. engineerd Avatar

        I hope FoA does rebel in this instance. The Falcon is as Australian as Vegemite and Dingos.

  4. joshuman Avatar

    I just like to say "Garth Tander" in an Australian accent. It sounds so exotic that way.

    1. Deartháir Avatar

      It actually took me a couple times hearing it to figure out what they were saying. It sounds like Ga'at Tee-in-daugh.

  5. skitter Avatar

    Can schedules for this be added to the calendar, along with, hopefully, live streaming links for the untelevised among us?

  6. Lindsay Canete Avatar

    Dude, that was a good post. Lovin your blog like crazy.”