Top Ten Touring Car Drivers
They're mad, bad and dangerous to know – but which BTCC drivers make our top ten?
Inextricably linked with BMW, this ex-speedboat and motorcycle racer didn't switch to four wheels until late in 1965, by which time he was already in his mid-20s. Results were instant: Quester won the following year’s Austrian Touring Car Championship, followed that up with Division 3 honours in the 1968 European Touring Car Championship, and wrapped up another Euro title within 12 months. While maintaining an active sideline in sports cars and single-seaters up to Formula 1, Quester managed two more ETCC titles (1977 and ’83). What’s more, he contested more than 40 24-hour races, winning the Spa round-the-clock endurance classic in 1973, 1986 and 1988.
AutoFact: He won the 1973 Silverstone Tourist Trophy in a BMW CSL co-driven by Tom Walkinshaw.
Ludwig's resume includes German Supercup titles, IMSA wins and three victories at Le Mans. Oh, and then there were his nine FIA GT wins and the 1998 title. This Bonn-born racer was also a touring car colossus. He missed out on a world title by one point in his first full saloon year in 1987, but racked up seven endurance victories during his two seasons with the Eggenberger Sierra Cosworth equipe. This model also brought him his first German touring car crown in 1988. His best tin-top work was done for Mercedes, however, with Ludwig storming to the DTM title in 1992 and ’94.
AutoFact: Ludwig claimed 12 DTM/ITC wins at the Nürburgring alone.
This sainted Scot was as adept in a saloon car as he ever was in an open-wheeler. Few motor-racing images are as evocative as that of Clark three-wheeling his Lotus Cortina around Bottom Bend at Brands Hatch. After sporadic outings during 1963, including one class win, his 1964 British Saloon Car Championship title was a whitewash: he mustered a clean sweep of class victories with the works Cortina, three of them outright race wins. Clark still performed the occasional smash-and-grab raid on the Brit tin-top series, managing two outright victories in 1965 (plus three class wins) and three the following year (plus two further class wins).
AutoFact: Clark also won the 1965 Sebring Three Hours in a Lotus Cortina.
Mercedes-Benz 500 SL 1985
The Mercedes-Benz R107 was produced from 1971 through to 1989 and was the second longest single series vehicle produced by the firm, besides the G-Class. They were sold under the SL-Class and SLC-Class model names. The R107 took the chassis components of the mid size Mercedes-Benz W114 model and mated them to the larger engines from the S-Class. The SL variant was a 2-seat convertible/roadster wiFor Sale | 20 Jun 2018 | Beaconsfield, UK£ 31,950
Jaguar XK150S Roadster 1958
1958 Jaguar XK150 S Roadster Chassis number: S830674DN Presenting amongst the most original XK150S Roadster's in existence. History. Harold Sunshine graduated from the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Arts in 1928 and would go on to be a textile designer operating his own company Harold W Sunshine & Co. Harold ordered the car in 1958 whilst living in Paterson, NJ. In 19For Sale | 20 Jun 2018 | UK£ POA
Porsche 914-6 1970
Legends are delighted to offer this 914 / 6 war horse, prolifically campaigned throughout the 1970’s and 80’s by Clay Grady of Rennenhaus fame. Porsche Certificate of Authenticity: Production date: 28/01/1970 Selling Porsche Centre: Porsche USA Chassis: 9140430220 Engine specification. Complete, disassembled and crated. Documented and photographed. 7R 2.7 case Mechanical Fuel InjFor Sale | 20 Jun 2018 | UK£ 60,000
Renault Alpine A110 1964
The history of this stunning A110 can be traced back to 1977 was exported from southern France to the USA. According to its first US owner the car looked as if it was used for competition, having virtually no trim, no ignition key (just a master switch) and various other competition features that were available in period from the factory, including a lightweight body, plexiglass rear screen, fibreFor Sale | 20 Jun 2018 | Knutsford, UK£ 99,950
Plymouth Coupe 1937
1937 Plymouth Coupe condition: excellent cylinders: 6 cylinders drive: rwd fuel: gas odometer: 52000 paint color: custom title status: clean transmission: manual 1937 Plymouth Coupe Completely Professionally Rebuilt Original Flat Head 6 with less than 100 miles on it. All steel body. All original suspension. Extremely clean with no rust. Can be driven anywhere as a turn key claFor Sale | 20 Jun 2018 | Lockport, IL, USA$ 23,000
Chevrolet Impala Convertible 1968
1968 Chevy Impala fuel: gas title status: clean transmission: automatic type: convertible 1968 Chevy Impala Convertible, runs well, stored last 18 years in garage, originally from Florida. Had new top, new seat covers, and new carpet and door panels installed about 10 years ago, all in nice shape, solid floors, solid frame, solid trunk. Had quarters repaired 20 years ago, mostly compleFor Sale | 20 Jun 2018 | Creston, OH, USA$ 6,250
Plymouth Special Deluxe 1948
1948 plymouth special deluxe fuel: gas title status: clean transmission: manual 1948 Plymouth Special Deluxe, 2 door Sedan. Car is mostly original with several upgrades: Carb has been rebuilt, lowered 3" in front, front disc brake conversion installed, new exhaust from manifold back, newer optima battery and may more. Car is daily driver in summer. 218 flathead 6 with 3 on the tree.For Sale | 20 Jun 2018 | Upland, IN, USA$ 7,000
Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham 1968
1968 cadillac fleetwood brougham condition: like new cylinders: 8 cylinders drive: rwd fuel: gas paint color: grey size: full-size title status: clean transmission: automatic type: other 68 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham w/ rebuilt motor, new paint, new exhaust and breaks. Car is in mint condition and I am the third owner. Car runs excellent. Wanting $15,000 obo. Feel free to coFor Sale | 20 Jun 2018 | Indianapolis, IN, USA$ 15,000
Nash Metropolitan 1954
1954 Nash Metropolitan condition: excellent fuel: electric paint color: red title status: clean transmission: other Award-winning 1954 Nash Metropolitan $6,500 and located in Leipsic, OH Runs on four 12 volt golf cart batteries and rear axel (and is charged in the front on the grill) Two 1954 Nash Metropolitans were purchased to create this one from the best parts of the two As yFor Sale | 20 Jun 2018 | Leipsic, OH, USA$ 6,500
Chrysler New Yorker 1977
1977 Chrysler New Yorker condition: good cylinders: 8 cylinders fuel: gas paint color: green title status: clean transmission: manual Green on the Outside, Green on the inside! Clean 1977 Chrysler New Yorker. 440 7.2L V8, 88k Miles, newer tires, original radio still works, interior is in great condition, exterior is in pretty good shape a little rust but not too bad for a 40 year oFor Sale | 20 Jun 2018 | Fishers, IN, USA$ 5,500
There was a spell, a miraculously long one, when Ravaglia couldn’t stop winning – titles that is. Between 1986 and ’93, he secured seven of them. His unbroken glory run of championship success – Euro, World, Euro and DTM (the world’s most competitive series by ’89) – was a triumph of sustained speed, innate survival instinct, masterful strategy, slices of good luck and, in ’86, a governing body that was not too hot at arithmetic (the ETCC title was Win Percy’s until a recount was demanded).
AutoFact: Ravaglia won the Nürburgring 24 Hours in 1989 and ’95.
This laconic, trawler skipper’s son from Sydney drove Jags with great success in Australia before arriving in Europe. With Alan Mann Racing, he won the 1967 BSCC in his red and gold Ford Falcon, repeating the feat a year later with the FVA-powered Lotus-Cortina Mk2 (and Escort Twin-Cam from June). That same season he gave the Escort its maiden ETCC outing, at Zolder. Despite being 40bhp down on the works Alfas, he was the class of the field and won outright. Gardner would have to wait until ’73 before sealing his third tin-top crown in the thunderous SCA Road Services Chevrolet Camaro.
AutoFact: Gardner racked up 35 BSCC and British Touring Car Championship outright wins and 44 class victories.
The successor to Klaus Ludwig as ‘King of the DTM’. When Ludwig jumped ship to Opel in 1995, Schneider's time had come; not only did he win the DTM, he also claimed the inaugural International Touring Car Championship. The death of hi-tech Class 1 saloon car racing forced Mercedes into GTs. Schneider followed, claiming the FIA title at his first attempt in '97. But after the Merc's back-flipping fiasco at Le Mans in 1999, driver and marque were more than happy to return to tin-tops via a reborn DTM in 2000. He claimed three more titles, and is still winning endurance races.
AutoFact: Won the Interserie title in 1990-91.
This Swiss ace would probably have made a decent grand prix driver had the cards fallen differently. He began his saloon career with a couple of BMW drives in the 1991 DTM, before joining the Prodrive BMW squad for his first BTCC campaign. His first season with Renault in 1993 reaped just one victory. The Laguna was introduced for 1994, and as the BTCC grew in stature, so did Menu. He was points runner-up for three years in a row, before dominating in 1997. He won his second crown in 2000 with Ford, before switching to the DTM.
AutoFact: Menu scored the most points and podium finishes of the BTCC’s Super Touring era.
When Rouse retired from driving in 1994, he could look back on a career that spanned more than 20 years and included four BTCC titles, nine class titles and 60 outright victories. He secured his first BTCC title in a Triumph Dolomite Sprint. Three titles in as many years between 1983 and ’85 showed his class, especially as each was secured in a different car: Rover Vitesse, Alfa Romeo GTV6 and Merkur. He was the benchmark in the Sierra Cosworth years, with victory over the works Eggenberger squad in the 1988 Silverstone TT – a career highlight.
AutoFact: Rouse scored a record 84 BTCC class wins.
Peter Geoffrey Brock was a household name in his native Australia. His three national touring car titles (1974-’78 and '80) has been eclipsed by six drivers, but in all other respects he dominated this series: 37 wins, 57 poles (an incredible 13 in succession in 1979-'80) and more than 100 podium finishes from 209 starts. He won in his first full year – 1973 – as a 28-year-old and in his last – 1997 – as a 52-year-old legend. Then there’s the small matter of his nine victories at Bathurst, which is unlikely to be bettered any time soon.
AutoFact: Brock finished second in the 1977 Spa 24 Hours in a Vauxhall Magnum co-driven by Gerry Marshall.
Where to start? This former tyre fitter from Harrow has only one touring car title to his name – the 1996 Japanese crown – but this belies his standing in the touring car arena. Already a star in Minis, Metros and ModSports, Soper was also bestowed with the 1983 BTCC gong, only for it to be annulled six months later. The reason? His TWR Rover’s single-cam V8's hydraulic tappets had been fitted with non-homologated grub screws for ease of adjustment. He would go on to claim scalps in the ETCC and DTM, but title remained elusive.
AutoFact: Soper also won the 1987 Bathurst 1000, only to be excluded for a technical infringement…
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The Mercedes-Benz R107 was produced from 1971 through to 1989 and was the second longest single series vehicle produced by the firm, besides the G-Class. They were sold under the SL-Class and SLC-Class model names. The R107 took the chassis components of the mid size Mercedes-Benz W114 model and mated them to the larger engines from the S-Class. The SL variant was a 2-seat convertible/roadster wi
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The history of this stunning A110 can be traced back to 1977 was exported from southern France to the USA. According to its first US owner the car looked as if it was used for competition, having virtually no trim, no ignition key (just a master switch) and various other competition features that were available in period from the factory, including a lightweight body, plexiglass rear screen, fibre