Bathurst 1000 History

Mount Panorama Bathurst 1000

Bathurst Origins

The Bathurst 1000 (currently branded as The Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000) is a 1,000-kilometre (620 mi) touring car race held annually on the Mount Panorama Circuit in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia. The race concept originated with the 1960 Armstrong 500 at Phillip Island. Since then annual races have taken place in a continuous sequence at these two venues. It is known among fans and media as “The Great Race” and is widely regarded as the pinnacle of Australian motorsport. The Bathurst 500/1000 was generally a “stand alone” event, occasionally becoming a round of a national series such as the Manufacturer’s Championship. Since 1999, the race has been run exclusively for V8 Supercars and is now a round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series. The race was traditionally run on the Sunday before the first Monday in October, which is the “Labour Day” public holiday in N.S.W. In recent years it was held on the second Sunday in October; the 2012 V8 Supercars race calendar changed it to the first Sunday in October.

Race winners are presented with the Peter Brock Trophy. This was introduced at the 2006 race to commemorate the death ofPeter Brock. Brockie, as he was affectionately referred to by race fans, was the most successful driver in the history of the race, winning the event 9 times. He was also one of the most popular and approachable competitors during his long career.

The Mountain

The Mt Panorama Circuit was originally created as a Scenic Drive. During the 1930s it was expanded with Government funding as part of a Depression era job creation scheme. It had a gravel surface prior to World War 2. It has been a venue for many classes of Racing Cars and Motorbikes. Motorbike racing was traditionally conducted at Easter meetings though they have not competed at Mt Panorama since 1994. When not closed for racing the Mt Panorama circuit is a two way public road. The speed limit is 60km/h. It is remorselessly enforced.

Initially open wheelers and sports cars were the dominant classes raced at “The Mountain”. During the sixties they were usurped by the increasingly popular Touring Car categories. The 1968 decision to allow advertising on Racing Cars accelerated this trend as “Tin Tops” were much better billboards than the smaller and swifter “proper” Racing Cars. Factory support from the major marques (Ford, Holden, BMC, Nissan, Toyota, etc) aggravated this trend during the late 1960s and early 1970s. The increase in television coverage and promotion from the late sixties onwards helped to make several of the drivers household names across the country.

Until 1998 the Bathurst 1000 was organized and promoted by a consortium of Channel 7, the Australian Racing Drivers Club and Bathurst (City) Council. Since then it has been run on a more professional basis.

Currently two meetings per year are held at Mt Panorama; The Easter “12 Hour event” for a variety of classes and the October “Bathurst 1000” for “V8 Supercars”.

Article courtesy of Wikipedia

Browse the gallery below for some classic images of the beginnings of the Bathurst Legend.

Ambrose Back For Ford

DJR and Penske sign a V8 Superdeal….

Ambros and Johnson

Photo Courtesy of ABC News

In a major development for V8 Supercars, and what would seem a great shot in the arm for Dick Johnson Racing, Roger Penske, Marcos Ambrose and Dick Johnson have outlined the basic operation that will attack the V8 Supercars Championship next year.

VIA teleconference with Australian and US press the details of the new alliance was revealed last week.

Penske will take 51 percent of the new company while Dick Johnson we remain to head it up with Penske General manager Ryan Story.

Other key personnel will be injected into the team for the 2015 season, with Marcos Ambrose taking over as lead driver. He will pilot the number 17 DJR Falcon. A second driver is yet to be announced.

The deal has come at the right time for Ambrose, as he was ready to return to Australia after a successful stint in the US in Nascar. He last drove in V8 Supercars for the Stone Brothers Ford team in 2005, having won the championship for Ford in the 2003 and 2004 seasons.

Fans will remember the Ambrose / Murphy coming together in the 2005 Bathurst 1000 at Mt. Panorama, ending the chances for both drivers in that years big race, with Mark Skaife, who was out in front at the time, going on to win.

Murphy said of the incident.  “He’s got an ego problem that we all know about and it reared its ugly head again, and I’m just not going to put up with it.”

While Ambrose said after the race. “Greg’s probably going to blame me, because he tends to blame everyone but himself for these kinds of incidents. I knew that I was already 99% past him, I gave him a car-length and a half to go two-wide up into The Cutting, and I just got clean wiped out.”

An excerpt from the crash is seen in the video below. Holden fans will always blame Ambrose while Ford fans believe Murphy caused the collision.

HSV GTS Maloo Sold Out

New “Secret” Holden HSV GTS Maloo Ute … GOOONE!!

HSV GTS MalooHolden dealers report that the initial planned allocation of 150 cars is sold out — despite the $85,000 price, the dearest ute ever to be sold in Australia — and the factory is now scrambling to find a way to build more.

As reported exclusively by News Corp Australia, Holden Special Vehicles has told dealers it is preparing a supercharged V8 ute so that the Australian icon ends on a high note and leaves a legacy that will last long after Holden closes the factory in Elizabeth, Adelaide, in 2017.

HOLDEN has sold out of the world’s fastest ute even though it is not yet officially on sale — and not due to go into production until later this year.

Holden and its performance car division both refuse to confirm publicly that such a car exists.
“We don’t discuss future model plans,” says HSV boss Tim Jackson.
But sources within the dealer network say Holden may build 50 to 100 more to keep customers happy — and still retain the car’s exclusivity.
If 250 HSV GTS Maloo utes are built, they will still be more rare than the final Ford Falcon GT, of which 500 will be made, and more rare than the HSV GTS sedan, of which more than 1000 have been sold to date.
One dealer who was allocated five cars says he has 16 signed orders; most other dealers we spoke to say they could have sold twice their allocation of two to four cars each.
No dealers would speak on the record because Holden and HSV have instructed them not to talk to media.
The previous generation HSV Maloo currently holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s fastest ute after Holden racing driver Mark Skaife set an average top speed of 271km/h on the Woomera rocket range in 2006, defeating the previous titleholders which were high-powered US pick-ups from Ford (237kmh) and Dodge (248kmh).

Report courtesy of

Clipsal 500 2014

Clipsal 500 2014 Thrills and Spills.

Courtney Wins Clipsal 500

James Courtney celebrates Clipsal 500 win with fans. Photo Courtesy ABC News

James Courtney has taken out the 2014 Clipsal 500.

In a weekend of great racing, Adelaide saw a return to the winners circle of Holdens 2007 championship winner James Courtney. With Red Bull’s Craig Lowndes coming in second ahead of pole sitter Shane Van Gisbergan.

In a Holden 1,2,3 the maximum Adelaide crowd witnessed a sensational edge-of-the-seat finish between the three Holden pilots.


Defending V8 Champion, Jamie Whincup, won the first of the three Clipsal races, while his team mate Craig Lowndes won the second. But as is customary at the Clipsal the winner of the longer 250kl race on Sunday is crowned the overall Clipsal winner. However in the points standing the leader board tells another story.

Jason bright had a race to remember when, through no fault of his own, he flipped the BOC Holden, to end his race. Luckily he escaped serious injury.

The video below tells the story.


After the first V8 Supercar race meeting for 2014 the top 10 leader board reads: 

Craig Lowndes …Red Bull Racing Australia…888…Holden Commodore VF…282

Fabian Coulthard… Lockwood Racing…14…Holden Commodore VF…230

Shane van Gisbergen …Team TEKNO V.I.P. Petfoods…97…Holden Commodore VF…221

Rick Kelly… Jack Daniel’s Racing…15..Nissan Altima…198

James Courtney …Holden Racing Team…22…Holden Commodore VF…192

Mark Winterbottom …Ford Pepsi Max Crew…5…Ford Falcon FG…189

Jamie Whincup… Red Bull Racing Australia…1…Holden Commodore VF…174

Tim Slade… Supercheap Auto Racing…47…Holden Commodore VF…163

Garth Tander… Holden Racing Team…2…Holden Commodore VF…150-

James Moffat… Norton Hornets…360Nissan Altima0…140

Bathurst 2013 .. Camp BevanLand

Changes all around for Bathurst 2013 on The Mountain.

bathurst 2013 .. Mount PanoramaAs we pack the vehicles for our annual trek to The Mountain, I take a moment to reflect on what lies ahead over the next week.

Nissans, Mercs and the “Car of the future” aren’t the only changes on The Mountain at Bathurst 2013.

This year will be Camp BevanLand’s 11th year at the great race. It’s worn many monikers over the years, from Camp Mud Dudds and Camp Queenslander to Camp Harden The Fuck Up, but eventually and for the last two years, since the launch of this website, it is now Camp BevanLand. At the track .. Thursday.

Our usual numbers were initially down this year, as some of our regulars, who shall remain nameless, decided that they had out-grown their bevanness, and decided they would pursue more moderate pass times.. knitting and such.

Never mind, they will still be able to boast that they were once on The Mountain in the great Camp BevanLand, and that once they were great warriors, even if people do doubt them. But many years from now, when they are sitting by the fire with a blanky across their knees (Maybe they are now??), staring off into the distance, drool at the corner of their mouth, they will ask themselves, Did I give it away to soon? Could I have gone perhaps just one more year? Was 2013 really the year I turned gay? Camp BevanLand Wednesday morning.

But I digress, Bathurst 2013 will go down as the year we found new friends from around the country, to share our annual adventure. Due to the size and logistics of our camp we need to have at least a dozen Bevans to help fund it. Or we could forgo the sites we have accumulated over 10 years and go back to one site, lugging tents, barbecues and tables from Qld. again. It didn’t take us long to decide that we would try to continue to live in the luxury to which we are accustomed.

So this year we opened the camp up to others who still have that Bevan spirit in there gut, and still feel a need to howl at the moon and bond with other Bevans. We advertised on Gum Tree and were deluged by people wanting to join the famous Camp BevanLand. In 2013 we will be joined by Pete and his boys from Victoria, Justin and his mate from Victoria, Matt and his boys from South Australia, Brad and his mate from WA and Reece from NZ via Mount Isa, together with our staunch bunch from Avaa .. Our chef on The MountainQueensland we will number 16. A league of states.

Another change this year will be that our good friend and Chef Extraordinaire, Andrew (Hava) Taylor, from our brother camp across the road, won’t be able to join us this year. Get well soon my brother.

Also this year we will be supporting our good friend Dirty Pierre, the international comedian, in his t-shirt sales for charity, our crew from last year appear in caricature on his t-shirts this year, so get down to – News On William, 80 William Street, Bathurst. Phone 02 6331 1402 and buy a shirt. Get in early because they go fast.

Bathurst 2013 will be another great year, and be recorded in the legend which is BevanLand. Much motor racing, piss drinking, story telling, scuberizing, character assassination of absent friends, hard rocking and so it goes. Another legendary year on The Mountain.  

HRT Breaks The Drought

Tanda and Courtney Make It 1 – 2 In Townsville.

HRT-State-Of-Origin_raceAlmost two years of frustration are finally over for ex-V8 Supercars champion Garth Tander after he savoured victory in Sunday’s 200km race in Townsville.

However, series leader Jamie Whincup was left with a bitter taste in his mouth after again bombing out in north Queensland in a big blow to his title defence.

Tander stood on top of the podium for the first time since the 2011 Bathurst 1000 – a 21-month wait – after finishing just ahead of Holden teammate James Courtney with Shane van Gisbergen third.

On Saturday, long suffering Ford fans were celebrating after Will Davison marked only their third win of the season and completed a quinella with factory-backed teammate Mark Winterbottom in the opening 200km race.

However, the Blue Oval fans were seeing red barely 24 hours later when Tander ensured the factory-backed Holden Racing Team ended a 58-race drought.

Remarkably, it also marked HRT’s first quinella since Sandown 2009.

However, Whincup had another frustrating day on the tough street circuit, finishing 11th after qualifying 15th fastest.

It followed his seventh placing on Saturday after he started 16th on the grid – marking the first time he began a race outside the top 10 this season.

After arriving in Townsville leading teammate Craig Lowndes by 159 points, Whincup had it whittled down to 111 by Sunday.

The weekend did not start well for Tander who had to have parts flown in on Saturday after experiencing broken shock absorbers in practice.

But Tander reversed his fortunes on Sunday after starting fourth on the grid.

As he reeled in pole sitter Winterbottom on lap 19, Tander made heavy contact with the wall but somehow emerged unscathed.

Van Gisbergen was also impressive, tearing through the field to make the podium after switching to softs despite being relegated to the back of the field when he spun out on the opening lap.

Winterbottom started on pole but Tander got the tyre and fuel strategy just right to win an absorbing battle and finally re-enter the winners’ circle.

It was his 51st career win.

Half the field switched to the faster soft tyres after nine laps when Lee Holdsworth’s Mercedes was left idle on the track following oil pressure problems and the safety car emerged.

Winterbottom lost the lead by the 22nd lap when he was swamped by the soft tyre brigade led by Tander.

What followed next was an intriguing battle as teams juggled soft and hard tyres and fuel stop strategies.

The next round will be held in Ipswich from July 26-28.

Volvo V8 Supercar.

It’s Official ..  There will be a VOLVO V8 Supercar.

Volvo V8 SupercarVolvo announced this week that they will join the V8 Supercar  competition. The Swedish car manufacturer will link with Garry Rogers Motorsport for the 2014 season. Making them the 5th car manufacturer to enter the fray, along with Holden, Ford, Nissan and Mercedes Benz.

Volvo and Garry Rogers Motorsport will become Volvo Polestar Racing from next year with the newly formed outfit to race two V8 Volvo S60s.

Volvo Car Australia Managing director Matt Braid said at the launch“I’m delighted to announce our return to motorsport in Australia.”

“Volvo has a rich motorsport heritage in this country, including winning Australia’s most famous race, Bathurst, 15 years ago this coming October.

“As the first luxury car brand to enter a factory team in the V8 Supercars Championship, we’re determined to add to this heritage, while strengthening the presence of the S60 model line and the Volvo brand here in Australia.”

Volvo S6 Polestar European Racecar.

Volvo S6 Polestar European Racecar.

James Warburton, CEO, V8 Supercars, also welcomed the entry of Volvo.

“To have another prestigious brand like Volvo in our sport is a red letter day for V8 Supercars,” Warburton said.

“The strength of V8 Supercars is such that global brands, not limited to car manufacturers, are becoming increasingly aware of and directly involved in the business.

“It is my vision to build V8 Supercars into one of the strongest brands in the world with the partners to match. That is the level of untapped potential I believe this sport has.

“I am extremely delighted to have Volvo in our sport and congratulate Garry and his team on becoming the official Volvo factory team in V8 Supercars.”

Volvo Polestar Racing is a partnership between Volvo Car Australia, Polestar and Garry Rogers Motorsport, and it will be the official Volvo factory racing team.

The “Car Of the Future” program which commenced this year with Nissan and Mercedes both entered the traditional two way battle between Holden and Ford is headed up by former V8 championship Mark Skaife.

Volvo S60 2013 Road Car

Volvo S60 2013 Road Car

The program sees each V8 team use control components on their cars which make it easier for new manufacturers to enter the series.

The Polestar Volvo road car will be four-wheel-drive powered a six-cylinder engine. However the V8 Supercar would have to feature the traditional normally-aspirated V8 powerplant dictated by V8 Supercars rules in a rear-wheel-drive format.

However, V8 Supercars’s new Car of the Future platform – which sees all cars in the field sharing the same basic chassis layout with differing engines and bodywork – will allow them to make the necessary changes.

If Volvo elect not to build their own V8 engine, there is still a ‘generic’ engine based on a Chevrolet LS3 block that V8 Supercars could make available for their use.

The S60 is currently used in motorsport both in Scandanavia and in the United States.

Whincup Dominates in Texas

Team Red Bull score 2 x 2 in Austin 400.

WhincupLowndesJamie Whincup became the first V8 Supercar driver to win in the US, by winning race one of the Austin 400. Then he blitzed the field to win race two, with his team-mate Craig Lowndes scoring second place in both races, in a dominant display for Red Bull racing on day one.

A large local crowd came through the gates at Circuit of Americas in Austin, Texas, to view the show, marketed as the “Aussie Invasion” and Whincup showed them a completely dominant display with typically flawless driving. He now boasts 18 wins in 24 overseas starts in V8 Supercars.

With a healthy crowd watching on from the towering stands, Whincup blasted past pole sitter Fabian Coulthard in the first race to take the lead, the third most successful driver in the history of the sport making the most of a poor start from the Kiwi.

 With Whincup blasting away in clear air, the field put on a show for the American’s with the usual lap one elbows claiming Scott McLaughlin and prompting a yellow flag.

Texas1The action resumed with Whincup again tearing away, but a battle broke out behind him between Coulthard, Craig Lowndes, Jonathan Webb and Will Davison.

With a well calculated passing move, Lowndes past Coulthard and began chasing Whincup as Davison and Webb continued their tussle.

The pit-stop saw Craig Lowndes emerge on Whincup’s tail but his gain was tempered when the governing body launched an investigation into his pit-stop release.

The second race was far easier, Whincup leading from start to finish and never being challenged after an early onslaught from Lowndes.

Carnage At Symmons Plains 2013

.. Symmons Plains Spectacular Crashes.

Fabian Coulthard Wins at Symmons PlainsDrivers experienced another new innovation to there racing formats this year, with races on Saturday following a 60:60 sprint format.

The 120 Km race was divided into two halves of 60 kms each with know pit stops except for “Half Time”

Although drivers didn’t openly say, it was evident that many were not impressed with the format. Particularly on the smallest track on the circuit and with a short turn-around before Pukekohe in New Zealand next weekend.

In a big weekend for Brad Jones racing, Fabian Coulthard won the new format sprint race on Saturday while veteran driver Jason Bright drove Jones’ other main car to victory in the last race on Sunday with Coulthard coming in third behind Holden Racing team driver Garth Tander.

Jason Bright Wins At Symmons PlainsIt was Bright’s first win in V8 Supercars since Winton (VIC) in 2011.

The Symmons Plains round saw two major accidents during race 3 with David Reynolds coming to grief first then Scott Pye staging a spectacular head on with the Armco later in the race. Both drivers escaped serious injuries.

Check out the carnage on the following videos.



V8 Supercars – Cars of the future.

Cars of the future.. The new V8 Supercars are here for the start of the 2013 racing year.

The Clipsal 500 2013 will see the start of a new era in V8 supercar racing.

Mercedes and Nissan will join Holden and Ford on the grid in 2013 and some of the old favourites have new sponsors and livery as well as new driving teams. Below is a preview of some of the main teams. Go to V8 Supercars to see the teams and drivers

Go to V8 Supercars for the low down.