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 some of the most competitive street stock racing in the United States. Manufacturers have used it as a development and marketing platform for their new models, while drivers have enjoyed long and lucrative careers in the series.

The list of World Challenge participants reads like a who’s who of American sports car racing: Randy Pobst, Elliott Forbes-Robinson, Stirling Moss, Terry Borcheller, Boris Said, Peter Cunningham, Max Angelelli, Tommy and Bobby Archer, Bill Auberlen, and even actor Bobby Carradine.

Virtually every popular sports car—as well as a slew of less-than-successful models—has made an appearance in the series. American muscle cars like the Chevrolet Corvette, Saleen Mustang and Dodge Viper have gone up against imports and exotics like the Acura NSX, Honda Prelude, Aston Martin DB9 and even the Peugeot 505 Turbo. Factory-backed efforts often share paddock space with independent teams.

The series has evolved since its inception, but the basic premise has more or less remained intact: The cars circling the track have a lot in common with their street-driven counterparts.

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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

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