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Showdown at the Gold Coast Corral – Click above to watch the video after the jump

Back in the Mad Men days, just about everyone was either a General Motors man or a Ford man. Cadillac or Lincoln. Buick or Mercury. Nowadays it may be as much about Toyota vs Honda, but the Detroit rivalry is far from dead. Arguably more than anywhere else, it's played out in Australia, where it's all about GM's Holden versus Ford...in the showrooms, on the streets and, perhaps most of all, on the race track.

While up in this hemisphere the Detroit automakers play out their rivalries in stock cars on super-speedways, Down Under it's all about the V8 Supercars series. And this past weekend's race at Surfer's Paradise was one for the ages.

This year's Gold Coast 600 drew a star-studded lineup of international racing superstars from around the world: names like Castroneves, Bourdais, Franchitti, Dixon, Salo and Villeneuve. But it was the seasoned series veterans racing against the fresh-faced newcomers who made for some of the most nail-biting action you're ever likely to see. It was all about defending champ Jamie Whincup in the Team Vodafone Holden Commodore against young Shane Van Gisbergen in the Stone Brothers/SP Tools Ford Falcon. Watch it all unfold down to the line in the video after the jump. Thanks to all for the tips!

[Sources: Motorsport.com, YouTube]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      V8 Supercars is bloody boring not to mention incredibly lame. It's the V8 supercars now because they banned everything else from racing. The Nissan R32 GT-R dominated it for 3 years, so they banned it. Then BMW won 3 years in a row, so they banned that too.

      All we have left is stupid family sedans modified into race cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nascar could (and does) put on great road racing, but if they did, it'd just be 11 Autoblog readers watching.

      Blame NASCAR for your acne, lack of girlfriend, and parent's-basement-apartment, but the truth is that Americans don't give a crap about road racing.

      (I love road racing (full-fendered, open wheel does nothing for me), BTW.)
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Aussies can keep their edge-of-the-seat excitement, I'm gonna go chug a case of Budweiser and hope that #7 crashes into #12.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Okay, back on with having to purchase a Pontiac G8 GT; used! My family is larger and am in need of a 7 seat SUV, but after seeing this beautiful beast racing, gets my gears going again to lust for it once more. Is anyone selling theirs? Doubt it!
      • 4 Years Ago
      =NASCAR on a road course. Sucky racing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      He def has confidence in himself
      • 4 Years Ago
      That was great.
      • 4 Years Ago
      @ spin cycle. You don't know what you're talking about. All cars in the V8 supercars were a production car at an early part of their life, then had all the guts ripped out, and filled with racing tech.

      In fact I think for some of the teams close to the manu' just get the shell.

      So yeah. You don't know what the hell you're talking about.

      And yes our V8 supercar series is boring. Too many vehicle/parts regulations are choking any sort of competitiveness. Ford would obliterate Holden if they could use the tech at their disposal. With more Manu's coming into the sport, hopefully, it will spice it back up. You'd have to fire the idiots running the series though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Aussie V8 Supercars FTW
        • 4 Years Ago
        It still baffles me to this day how a country with so many motorheads is so obsessed with one of the most boring forms of motorsports out there. Just once, just ONCE I'd like SPEED to show this on Prime time and see the reaction from viewers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thats what i like to see @ autoblog not some randy chevy commercials...run deep wtf
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm a Ford guy.
      I like my Mustang.
      I wake up at 7am, weekdays and weekends.
      I drink 15 year old Canadian rye.
      I don't smoke, unless I want to.
      I hate loud music, unless it's mine.

      Ford lost. I still came.

      Seriously this was exciting as hell. I don't remember tension like this in many other sports the past little while. Meanwhile...Chrysler is getting some new ideas together in a think tank. They say they'll be competetive by 2010 standards in about 12 months.
      • 4 Years Ago
      nice race :) the ford had more torque but the gm had more power and the diference was sooo small ...almost good as a Super GT race
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