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.

The Mountain 2013.. Camp BevanLand

The Mountain 2013 .. New boys to Camp BevanLand a great fit.

The Mountain 2013Taking a couple of new blokes into a week-long camp on “The Mountain” is always a bit of a risk, let alone taking in eleven. Particularly if the others in the camp have been together for some 10 years. The camp dynamic can be easily upset and animosities developed, and it took a lot of consideration before embarking on the path we did.

We’ve developed Camp BevanLand into a metropolis theses days, which needs the team numbers to keep the costs to individuals to an affordable amount, and this year at least half of our regulars decided to stay home in the lounge with their blanky. So as reported in the last post before we left, we got some new Bevans to The Mountain Brother Campjoin our yearly adventure.

I can now report that it was another great year and the new blokes fitted into the camp like a beer into a Camp Cuntox Cooler.

One of my biggest concerns was how our newcomers would fit with our mates in our Brother Camp across the road (There’s some dodgy cunts over there), but everyone got on like a house on fire (No pun intended Olly), and overall I’m sure some new friendships were formed. Even though we still called each other cunts and such.

On the Mountain with BrianWhat happens on the Mountain usually stays on the mountain, but a few things should be mentioned. Brian didn’t think he would come, but he was there, and Rollon ensured that he was a part of everything. Hava didn’t make it. Pez’s machine took a while to get there but he finally rolled in. Kiwi wore the same footy shorts for a week. Olly’s fire displays, while spectacular still, were a little subdued. Rusty got to play a whole night of “Rusty Music” loud and across the whole camp. Tony made about 5 litres of Mead which added substantially to the general drunkenness of the camp. Camp Cuntox didn’t arrive.. Whatha??. Gav spewed cider on Slim’s Penrith sockies. Pez and Rollon had a little lie down at the disco-tech. The Vic boys build a bus from a lawn mower with the help of a couple of in-house engineers, and Justin performed a spectacular burnout in the SS to finish with. .. Oh yeah, and Ford won..Fuck it!

You get a better idea of the antics in the camp from photos, so I’m adding a gallery to the bottom of this post for your perusal. More will be added as the boys send them in.

Click the photos to start the gallery.

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.