Story by Beth Dolgner

It’s a dream that’s all too common among gearheads: Take a bunch of modified production cars and race them against each other. Today’s Pirelli World Challenge Championships scratches that itch, and its roots date back nearly 40 seasons.

Through the years, the series has seen …

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759NRNG
759NRNG SuperDork
2/9/18 8:59 a.m.

Please let's not forget  Andy Pilgrim and Johnny O'Connell...thank you

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
2/9/18 9:00 a.m.

Watching the Real Time Racing cars on TV is very much a defining part of how I still look at racing. Watching the FWD Integras battle with their peers convinced me that the crap boxes I drove could be much more than they really were. 

Is there an online source for the races these days? Doesn't have to be live, but I'd love to sit down and follow a racing season again. 

759NRNG
759NRNG SuperDork
2/9/18 9:15 a.m.

MotorTrend on Demand......check out the PWC site some very interesting things happening there.....still no word as to where Johnny O has landed......yea i might find the answer to this, but I'm not a bookface lurker.

bmw88rider
bmw88rider SuperDork
2/9/18 11:39 a.m.

First pro race I ever went to was PWC right before Speed bought the series. It was at Heartland Park. Bought my first Integra because of that series. 

 

 

trigun7469
trigun7469 SuperDork
2/12/18 3:29 p.m.

I always loved the Pirelli World Challenge, I remember in the early 2000's some of the racers arriving with open trailer and very meager setups. I assume that was how pro racing was in the 50's and 60's. I actually bought a former WC car, look forward to running it in champcar.

racerdave600
racerdave600 UltraDork
2/12/18 3:51 p.m.
mazdeuce - Seth said:

Watching the Real Time Racing cars on TV is very much a defining part of how I still look at racing. Watching the FWD Integras battle with their peers convinced me that the crap boxes I drove could be much more than they really were. 

Is there an online source for the races these days? Doesn't have to be live, but I'd love to sit down and follow a racing season again. 

The RTR Integras racing were some of the best races on TV that I've seen, even now.  Those things were awesome to watch.

Stefan
Stefan MegaDork
2/12/18 4:13 p.m.

In reply to mazdeuce - Seth :

If you search around on YouTube, there are quite a few of the older races available.

Crxpilot
Crxpilot Reader
2/12/18 8:54 p.m.

Some of the first racing I watched on TV had commentators letting you know Plumb's headlight cover was purple "plum".

spacecadet
spacecadet New Reader
2/14/18 9:25 a.m.

In reply to mazdeuce - Seth :

MotorTrend on Demand has everything from PWC

Craiger81
Craiger81
7/5/22 6:36 p.m.

In reply to 759NRNG :

What about Justin Marks? He got to race with those guys and was working on making a name for himself. Unsure who he raced for.  The 67 Porsche 911 team. 

759NRNG
759NRNG UberDork
7/5/22 7:31 p.m.
Craiger81 said:

In reply to 759NRNG :

What about Justin Marks? He got to race with those guys and was working on making a name for himself. Unsure who he raced for.  The 67 Porsche 911 team. 

Dude being a Caddy honk I just loved watching Johnny O thro a beat down using his best MaxV driving skills .............wink

racerfink
racerfink UberDork
7/5/22 7:43 p.m.

Followed the series really closely from it's beginnings because so many of the drivers were people I knew from SCCA Club Racing.

I remember when Champion Audi showed up with 305's on all four corners and all the other teams went nuts, and when Cadillac showed up with the CTS-V coupes at Sebring for their very first race.  I just happened to pass Mad Max's car with the hood up and thinking "Yeah, that motor isn't even CLOSE to the stock location".  It was so low and back in the car, it bordered on being mid-engined.

The fight between Mazda, Acura, and BMW in Touring was pretty epic.

759NRNG
759NRNG UberDork
7/5/22 7:45 p.m.

That Audi gives me uh er ...oh nevermind

racerfink
racerfink UberDork
7/5/22 8:05 p.m.
bmw88rider said:

First pro race I ever went to was PWC right before Speed bought the series. It was at Heartland Park. Bought my first Integra because of that series. 

 

 

It was SCCA WC, then SpeedWorld Challenge, the Pirelli.  They ran Toyo Proxxess, then R888 street tires before moving on to slicks and Pirelli.

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