A report on 1977 Australian Touring Car Championship

CAMS sanctioned Australian motor racing championship open to Group C Touring Cars.

- 1977 Australian Touring Car Championship

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Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit

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Motor racing circuit located near Ventnor, on Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia.

Motor racing circuit located near Ventnor, on Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia.

Arthur Waite won the 1928 100 Miles Road Race on the Phillip Island road circuit driving an Austin 7
Casey Stoner in action at the 2010 Australian motorcycle Grand Prix at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Panorama showing turn 12 heading on to the 900m Gardner Straight
The Dallara IR-05 driven by Mathew Radisich

In 1990, the Australian Touring Car Championship (ATCC) returned to the circuit for the first time since 1977, this time as a sprint round.

Phillip Island 500

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Annual motor racing event, last held for Supercars at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in Phillip Island, Victoria.

Annual motor racing event, last held for Supercars at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in Phillip Island, Victoria.

The 500K was a round of the Australian Manufacturers' Championship from 1971 to 1975 and counted towards both the Australian Championship of Makes and the Australian Touring Car Championship in 1976 and 1977.

A Group C Holden Torana

Group C (Australia)

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In relation to Australian motorsport, Group C refers to either of two sets of regulations devised by the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) for use in Australian Touring Car Racing from 1965 to 1984.

In relation to Australian motorsport, Group C refers to either of two sets of regulations devised by the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) for use in Australian Touring Car Racing from 1965 to 1984.

A Group C Holden Torana
The Ford Mustang Boss 302 Group C Improved Production Touring Car of Allan Moffat leading the Super Falcon of Pete Geoghegan at Lakeside in 1972
A Group C Ford Falcon
A Group C Toyota Celica
A Group C Ford Escort

The ATCC had expanded to 11 rounds in 1976 and 1977, but the 'Golden Era' often had a thin veneer as uncompetitive small engined cars bolstered entries for many years.

Allan Moffat in the Ford Boss 302 Mustang at Lakeside International Raceway

Allan Moffat

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Canadian-Australian racing driver known for his four championships in the Australian Touring Car Championship, six wins in the Sandown 500 and his four wins in the Bathurst 500/1000.

Canadian-Australian racing driver known for his four championships in the Australian Touring Car Championship, six wins in the Sandown 500 and his four wins in the Bathurst 500/1000.

Allan Moffat in the Ford Boss 302 Mustang at Lakeside International Raceway
Moffat in the works Ford Falcon GTHO Phase III at Surfers Paradise International Raceway, February 1972
Replica of the Ford XA Falcon GT Hardtop in which Moffat and Ian Geoghegan won the 1973 Hardie-Ferodo 1000
Ford XC Falcon Hardtop Group C race car - Moffat/Ickx 1977 Hardie Ferodo 1000 race winning car (second-placed team car of Bond/Hamilton in the background)
Replica of the 1982 Mazda RX7 Group C race car driven by Moffat/Baker in the 1982 James Hardie 1000
1982 Mazda RX7 Group C race car replica
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A of Allan Moffat & John Harvey, winner of the 1987 Monza 500, on display at the Historic Sandown 2009
Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth Group A race car - Moffat/Rouse/Tassin 1987 James Hardie 1000

He won his second consecutive ATCC title in 1977, backed up brilliantly by new teammate Colin Bond who had switched to Ford after driving the previous eight years for the Holden Dealer Team.