Performance Car of the Year 2019 is 11 hell-raising cars, five days in scenic SA, and one champion.
In the magazine, our PCOTY feature is split into sections for road and track, plus the final countdown. For TV, and in turn the video you see here, is a ‘fly on the wall’ follow along with us and a brief countdown of the top place-getters.
South Australia’s Gorge Road is driving nirvana, which doubles as a stern test for our crop of performance cars.
Fresh tarmac, number crunching and drifts for the camera – we head to The Bend Motorsport Park, where our contenders need to impress both the judges and the stopwatch.
Revisit the 2019 Performance Car of the Year
Dylan Campbell – Editor
Dylan, or ‘DC’, has had the helm at MOTOR for a few years now, and has plenty of experience with fast things on four wheels.
Scott Newman – Associate Editor
Scott’s usually the man behind the wheel for our action shots, and he’s regularly tasked with getting the best 0-100km/h run, quarter mile time, and braking distance for the PCOTY field.
His Instagram handle is @addictedtosliding, which says it all, really.
David Morley – Contributor and PCOTY veteran
Morley’s been testing cars since before some of MOTOR’s journalists were born. That’s not a joke.
Decades of experience and an appreciation for how engineering has progressed have made Morley a perfect judge of a vehicle’s technical aspects, plus he can drive. Well.
Louis Cordony – Journalist
This is Louis’s first time as a PCOTY judge, but it’s certainly not his first time at PCOTY. Louis has been at MOTOR for a few years, plenty of time to drive everything that comes through the garage.
The Driver: Rick Kelly
He’s had three Bathurst podiums, two of those on the top step in 2003 and ‘04, and took out the championship on 2006. We reckon he’s more than qualified to be the man setting our lap times at The Bend.