Last month in Australia was the Bathurst 12 Hour, an enduro packed with Nissan GT-Rs, BMW M6s, Vipers, Porsches, and Lamborghinis duking it out for supremacy. Nobody cares, though, because the supporting races, filled with JNCs, were about a million times more exciting.
The Improved Production Challenge is exactly what the name implies — production cars modified for racing. You can enter practically anything, and that’s why you’ll see a Daruma Celica going balls out against an EG Honda Civic (8:15), or a B110 Datsun 1200 Sunny holding off a Ford Falcon GT and SA22 Mazda RX-7 (21:40). There’s door-to-door action with V8 Holdens, Evos, Corollas in AE86 and TE37 and FX16 guise, BMW 3-Series of every generation, and even a Mazda 808. Where else can you find a diversity of cars mixing it up like this?
Here’s another Improved Production Challenge race in Adelaide, with the same Civic driven by 23-year-old Jordan Cox hounding an AE86 like it’s life or death stakes.
There’s just something about seeing cars that you could actually drive being raced in anger. Very few people will ever drive a Lamborghini, NASCAR, or F1 machine, but everyone understands what it’s like to hoof a Corolla. Now excuse us as we study up on Australian citizenship again.