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The late and great Volvo racing wagon! This has to be one of the coolest racing vehicles ever produced! Enjoy!<P> <IMG SRC="http://www.mds.mdh.se/~elt93pad/bild/bil/volvo/race/855_2.jpg"> <P> <IMG SRC="http://www.mds.mdh.se/~elt93pad/bild/bil/volvo/race/855_1.jpg"> <P> <IMG SRC="http://www.mds.mdh.se/~elt93pad/bild/bil/volvo/race/855_3.jpg"> <P>-Drew<P>
 

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Too bad Touring Car banned them. Any of you guys remember the minivan that raced? I think it was a Reneault. They let it go like one or two races and then banned it also.<P>That was the cool thing though about the Touring Car setup when it was strong. FWD, RWD, AWD all okay, and who doesn't make sedans? Virtually anyone can compete. Too bad the model as a whole is on the decline. <P>Papa Don Panoz ought to buy the rights to the NATCC and run it on his American LeMans weekends when he runs Trans Am etc. That'd be cool.
 

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Damn tootin! I remember watching the 94 BTCC tapes and just laugh when cars would bump into the 850 wagons. Normally, a good way to get the guy in front of you to spin is to tap his rear fender... however, if you're trying to spin an 850 wagon, good luck.<P>There is one clip of a Mazda Xedos6 (626) trying this method on a wagon and getting royally punted with the wagon only sustaining a minor wiggle... great stuff... <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/biggrin.gif"><P>It would be great to see the NATCC make a comeback. Hopefully more manufacturers would be committed this time. What was it the first time? Stratus and Accord??<P>
 

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Yes, basically Dodge and Honda. Honda's effort entailed the previous year's cars from the BTCC and Australia, IIRC. There was a couple of 626's run in a private effort, and a couple of private BMW's as well.<P>I'd love to see Panoz bring the series back. It seems like the ALMS audience would understand touring cars, and appreciate them more. The CART audience, unfortunately, only understood that cars with fenders go around tracks like Daytona, Martinsville, and Talledega. <P>
 

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I am surprised that I forgot about the Mazda effort! Both of those cars were ex-works Xedos6's from the BTCC and now below to the two guys that run <A HREF="http://www.touringcarclub.com" TARGET=_blank>TCCRRA</A>. I think one or both of them are for sale. Man, talk about fast... they're actually too fast for Buttonwillow.<P>I'll keep my fingers crossed for some Panoz efforts...<P>
 

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Yeah, under Panoz, they could run the old A4s, BMW 3-series, Volvo S40, last year's Hondas, etc etc. without much developement to get it started.<P>Don's got some weight to throw around with the ALMS, ELMS and Asian LMS. I'd love to see Touring Car make a resurgence under him. It is such a great format.<P>Even the US carmakers could get into it with their "other" brands. A Saturn could easily be built from the Vectra program in Europe, and GM could push other brands like Oldsmobile, Buick or better yet Saab.<P>I still think it's more like Nascar's route's than Nascar is.
 

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Well said George. I agree completely. Not pushing for the latest models would allow a much great percentage of ex-works teams and home-built cars to enter.... and that's good racing... <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/biggrin.gif"><P>
 

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Wow I didn't know about the TCRA, here in Texas we have the Texas motor speedway and I believe they also have something similar. I'll be planning to attend once my S40 is complete. <BR>Also, the 850 Volvo Estate BTCC wasn't banned from the touring car circuit. Due to rule changes (the mandatory rear wing) for 1995 Volvo would have been not only at a disadvantage, but talk about a funky looking wagon with tons of weight at the rear!!<BR>LOL!!<P>Carlos<BR>2001 Volvo S40 "Volvo for life"
 
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