Valiant R & S Series: Potent ’60s Pentastars!

14 April 2014
Adelaide’s Clem Smith was one of the top Valiant R series campaigners in the 1960s. Here he’s pushing his hot slant six Valiant hard at Queensland’s Lakeside Raceway at the 1964 ATCC.

Chrysler’s Valiant Hemi Pacers and R/T Chargers are today revered as the finest high performance road and track cars to wear the famous pentastar badge in Australia, but the most successful Valiant to compete in the Australian Touring Car Championship was in fact the first one – the R series.

That historic achievement occurred at South Australia’s Mallala Raceway on April 15, 1963 when Australia’s premier tin-top title was still being decided by a single race each year.