If you grew up in the late 80s or early 90s like myself and had either a self-discovered or family member influenced interest in motorsport from a young age, you’ll need no introduction to the Super Touring era of the BTCC and, in particular, the later generation of cars that competed towards the end of the decade. You’ll more than likely have a favourite car that sticks in your mind from playing TOCA games on Playstation back in the day; perhaps it was the green & gold Nescafe-liveried Renault Lagunas, the silver & blue Volvo S40s or the red and white Vauxhall Vectras. For me though, the Vodafone-liveried Nissan Primera was always my favourite and I don’t really know why.
Following on from my post about Jason Plato’s 1999 Renault Laguna BTCC car, here are some photos I took on the same day of Anthony Reid’s 1999 Ford Mondeo that was originally prepared by Prodrive.
Despite having attended numerous drift competitions and grassroots events this year, I’ve only been sat in the drivers seat at one of them. A mixture of lack of time to perform essential car maintenance, along with being well aware of the ever-increasing costs involved with attending a drift event, were the main reasons for me putting any ambitions to drive at events on hold for the time being.
If you have lived in the UK, are in your mid to late-20s and have an affection for motorsport, then it’s quite likely that exposure to the BTCC in the mid to late-1990s was responsible for your future motorsport addiction.