104 Cars that won Bathurst

Australian Muscle Car - - Contents -

Volvos are sud­denly cool thanks to Scott McLaugh­lin. The pair of Su­per Tour­ing Bathurst 1000 win­ning cars (a Volvo and a BMW) form an im­por­tant part of Mount Panorama his­tory and packed plenty of punch from their two-litre en­gines. Theme song: ABBA’s ‘The Win­ner Takes It All’.

No fewer than three venues have hosted top-flight mo­tor­sport on the Gold Coast, all within a me­ter­maid’s stroll of Surfers Par­adise’s Cav­ill Av­enue. The first lo­ca­tion hosted races, in­clud­ing the Aus­tralian Grand Prix, in the mid-1950s on mi­nor ru­ral roads at South­port. And for the last 23 years the ac­tion has cen­tred on an­other tem­po­rary lay­out, along­side Main Beach, ini­tially for Indycars and now with V8 Su­per­cars as the head­line act.

In­cred­i­bly, the ‘Indy’ track’s longevity has ex­ceeded that of the per­ma­nent cir­cuit that filled the void.

The 3.2km Surfers Par­adise In­ter­na­tional Race­way hosted the pre­mier rac­ing cat­e­gories of its time for 21 years, 1966 to 1987.

If Lake­side was the epi­cen­tre of Bris­bane’s mo­tor­sport scene dur­ing that pe­riod, SPIR was the glitzier, but of­ten soggy, big event coun­ter­part.

SPIR’s first races were for Le Mans-style sportscars and open-wheel­ers, be­fore tin-tops took over as the main at­trac­tion.

Surfers also hosted 17 Aus­tralian Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship rounds, the first three for the Im­proved Pro­duc­tion mus­cle cars and won by Norm Beechey (Monaro), Al­lan Mof­fat (Mus­tang) and Bob Jane (Ca­maro).

In the sec­ond in­stal­ment of AMC’s new Sa­cred Sites se­ries, we learn more about the site’s past, present and fu­ture...

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