VR-VS Commodore: The Racing Reject That Became A Champion

13 September 2017
Reigning champion Mark Skaife pushing very hard in his Gibson Motor Sport VR Commodore at Queensland’s high-speed Lakeside Raceway during the 1995 Australian Touring Car Championship.

Holden’s VR Commodore and its identical VS twin rank among The General’s most successful competition cars, with two Australian Touring Car Championships, two Sandown 500s and two Bathurst 1000s between them. However, during the early stages of its development, the VR also triggered a year-long political war which threatened to rip touring car racing apart.

At the core of the controversy was Holden’s planning for its second 5.0 litre V8 touring car challenger based on the then-latest VR model, which was due to replace its existing VP for the start of the 1995 season.