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TRT TOP 25: 15 to 6

The list of our top 25 most clicked-on yarns of all time is starting to get to the business end of proceedings – here we count down stories 15 through 6.

Want to catch up on stories 25 through 16? You can read all about it right here, with features on Peter Brock’s Energy Polarizer, race track pipe dreams, and much more…

#15 – The Life and Times of Mark Larkham – Part Two

You know it’s a good two-part special when Part Two is more popular than Part One!

Following in the footsteps of your #16 pick, in this instalment, we pick up the Mark Larkham story, as our hero, now backed with Mitre 10 dollars, enters the world of ‘wings and slicks’ racing, plus his transition into tin tops…

#14 – The Cars ‘Stormin Norman’ Made Great

It is a little over fifty years since Norm Beechey won the second round of the 1970 Australian Touring Car Championship at Bathurst in his game-changing Holden Monaro GTS 350.

Beechey went on to win the title that year – in doing so, giving Holden their first series win and making the Monaro the first Australian car to win the ATCC.

The Race Torque’s Dale Rodgers spoke with the Touring Car legend, who provided insights into the unique cars that became iconic in the lead-up to his memorable 1970 Championship.

This one is well worth a look…

#13 – Second Bathurst Track Goes to Tender

The topic of the second Bathurst race track, located just over the back of the legendary Mount Panorama circuit, is always an interesting topic.

Way back in 2017, The Race Torque broke the story of the venture going to tender, with the Bathurst Regional Council seeking a company to commence the venue’s design.

#12 – The Fall and Rise of Lakeside Raceway

Precious few race tracks ever close and re-emerge. Lakeside isn’t your typical raceway.

This story follows the wild ride from the venue’s inception in 1961, its often uncomfortable relationship with government bodies, its closing in 2001, and its ultimate revival against the odds.

This is one wild ride…

#11 – Comment: Sandown Raceway – The Future of a Unicorn

This story broke to the motorsport world the Melbourne Racing Club’s plans to rezone their Sandown facility for a potential 7,500 new homes, with the club at the time reporting that the facility runs at an annual loss of $5 million a year.

The news followed in the week after the Supercars Championship made a triumphant return to the venue after a pandemic induced 372 day break away from Victoria.

This analysis piece looked at the venue’s ongoing importance in the motorsport landscape.

#10 – The Big Picture: The Captain and Corporates

Another banger from the keyboard of David Segal.

This feature looks at one of the most interesting characters from the history of Australian motorsport – Peter Janson, and his important role in developing the modern version of the game, fuelled by corporate dollars.

#9 – The DJR Team Penske Story: Ambrose, Building a Team & Titles

Dale Rodgers in 2018 took a two-part look behind the curtain at DJR Team Penske, and how the squad was building a championship dominating organisation.

Talking to Ryan Story, the yarn kicks off with a lot at Marcos Ambrose’s return Downunder, and how the basis for the outfit’s incredible run with Scott McLaughlin came about.

#8 – The Real Costs of Running a Supercar Round

Have you ever wondered how much it costs to host a Supercars round?

With some insider knowledge, The Race Torque crunched the numbers, and it’s fair to say that the figures are rather large…

#7 – Race Rock: The Bar with Cars (and more)

Fancy a racing-themed beer with your mates?

Or a feed in between a treasure trove of racing memorabilia and cars?

One of our favourite people in the world, Garry O’Brien (who coincidently was there), remembers a US-based restaurant chain that offered just that and more…

#6 – More Aussie Tracks You May Not Have Known About

From private ‘country roads’ to neat hillclimb circuits and more substantial developments, Australia has plenty of options for when the time comes for one to stretch their automotive legs.

This second leg of our deep dive into the topic was a hit, with many more venues coming out of the literal woodwork…

Next Up: The Top Five…

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