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International Suzuka 1000km: Hall of Fame – 1999-2017

This is the final installment of the International Suzuka 1000km Hall of Fame, our look back at the champions of the Suzuka 1000km on the eve of its final running on August 27.

The GT500 class has been the premier category at the Suzuka 1000km ever since 1999, and Japan’s great race has been part of the Super GT championship for over a decade. Our final look focuses on the champions of this GT500 era.

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International Suzuka 1000km: The Hall of Fame – 1966-1998

Welcome to the second installment of the International Suzuka 1000km Hall of Fame, a look back at the winners of Japan’s great race at Suzuka Circuit, in the build-up to the 46th and final running of the event.

This installment focuses on the overall winners from before the GT500 era, through the first 27 runnings of the event from 1966 to 1998 – a span of over 30 years that encompasses many landmark eras of endurance sports car racing, including the Group C sports prototypes that starred in the 1980s and early 1990s.

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International Suzuka 1000km: The Hall of Fame – GT300

Welcome to the first part of our multi-installment series – The International Suzuka 1000km Hall of Fame, a look back at the winners of Japan’s Great Race, on the eve of the 46th and final running of the Suzuka 1000km on August 27, 2017.

Our first installment covers the GT300 class, which has been a part of the Suzuka 1000km since 1999.

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Revisiting Honda’s history-making winning streak

If any of the six Lexus LC500s in the GT500 field win this weekend’s Fuji GT 300km Race, not only will Lexus have set the record for the most consecutive wins to open a season by a GT500 manufacturer, they’ll also tie the all-time premier class record of six wins in a row, with a streak starting in the second race of last year’s Motegi GT Grand Final.

The current record for the most consecutive GT500 victories is held by Honda, and the first-generation NSX-GT, which racked up six consecutive victories from 1998 to 1999 (plus one more in a non-championship All-Star event after the 1998 season), and we felt it only fitting to take a look back at Honda’s memorable winning streak – and look back to the dawn of Super GT’s first golden age.

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