2020 50c 2008 Ford BF Falcon – 60 Years of Supercars Coloured Coin in Card
Australia enjoys an enduring love affair with Supercars racing and this year celebrates 60 years of the Australian Touring Car Championship. The first Australian Touring Car Championship was held in 1960 at Gnoo Blas, NSW where the single-race title was won by David McKay driving a Jaguar.
An Australian-made car first won the ATCC in 1970 – the second year of the title being decided over a series of races – when a Holden Monaro GTS 350 ended a decade of dominance by British and American cars.
Jaguars dominated the early years, but the V8 power took over in 1965 when Norm Beechey won at Sandown in the first Ford Mustang brought to Australia. V8-engined cars have subsequently accounted for all but 10 titles. Since the arrival of the Mustang in 1965, Australians have had a passion for V8 engines that remains the foundation of the sport. This fascination of V8s reached its zenith in the Supercars era from the 1990s to now, a Holden-versus-Ford era that has the Red Lion ahead with 15 Supercars titles to the Blue Oval’s 12. However, over the total 60 years of the ATCC Ford leads with 26 titles to Holden’s 21. In the hundreds of races since its humble beginnings in 1960, the ATCC has created champions and legends through classic races and rivalries.
New regulations, known as Project Blueprint, sought to equalise the Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore in the new millennium, notably by standardising the chassis. In 2008, a new force arrived: Triple Eight Race Engineering and Jamie Whincup.
The team’s BF Falcons had previously been fast, but now they were reliable and economical as well, and they made good use of the sequential gearbox allowed in Supercars racing for the first time.
Whincup stormed to the title with a run of 10 race wins in 11 starts, starting with the Bathurst 1000 alongside teammate Craig Lowndes. Whincup went on to win another six ATCC titles, making him the dominant driver of the modern era.
Coin Set Features
- Uncirculated coloured coin in presentation card featuring information on the 2008 Ford BF Falcon driven by Jamie Whincup
- Obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II sculpted by Jody Clark
- Australian legal tender
|Obverse Designer||J. Clark|
|Reverse Designer||T. Dean|
|Packaging||Coin in card|
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