Re: Do we really want parity?
I would still watch the V8's even if everything was the same underneath the bodyshell of the 2 makes. Reason? close racing...
Lets say we went back to production spec (or close to it) and Ford dominated for an entire year, the next year Holden hit back and build a better mousetrap and then they dominate all year. Who wants to see that?
These days motorsport has to compete with all the other sports for bums on seats, if the racing isn't close and with a fairly even playing field people will switch off.
It is also a myth that the touring cars of the 70's and 80's were production cars. Sure they were closer to it than todays Supercars, but it has been over 30 years since we had TRUE production car racing in the ATCC, parity racing has been with us for a long time and it will continue. Who remembers the bickering and politics of the 80's when each and every manufacturer thought THEY were hard done by and whinged until they got what they wanted. Cams were trying to please everyone but the fans, it was a mess
For me these days it's not so much Ford vs Holden, it's team vs team. Sure I like Ambrose winning 'cause he's in a Ford, but my main support goes to my chosen team (DJR) and I even, dare I say it, like to see certain Holden teams do well
Bottom line is, I'm a MOTORSPORT fan and like to see good hard racing, no matter who wins and I believe the current formula gives us that
Thats just my (long winded) opinion anyway