Mus­cle Sport

There were point­ers to the past around ev­ery cor­ner at Bathurst this year. Here’s what caught the eye of Great Race his­tory buffs.

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Our cam­eras were out in force at Bathurst, Baskerville and To­ranafest. All the lat­est on the his­toric and retro rac­ing scene.

With apolo­gies to Lit­tle River Band...“Can you guess where I’m call­ing from? The Bathurst Hil­ton...” Surely the Hil­ton is the only race week­end camp­site with an of­fi­cial spon­sor – us! Thanks to Bathurst Hil­ton CEO Dale Sud­holz, ex­ec­u­tive chef Ken Turner and concierge Gre­gory Gay for look­ing af­ter their spon­sor. Be­fore you ask, they got home on the Mon­day, some­where around noon.

For those with­out pay TV, here’s a shot of Al­lan Mof­fat and Colin Bond re-en­act­ing their 1977 1-2 fin­ish 40 years on. Why TEN chose not to show this pre-race mo­ment beg­gars be­lief. Ear­lier, James showed his son gran­dad’s old cars. ‘Crazy Dave’ Reynolds and Luke Youlden sur­vived a crazy day on the Mount to be­come the 69th and 70th win­ners of the Great Race since its in­cep­tion in 1960. Theirs was a win built on the per­fect combo of pace, prepa­ra­tion, the per­fect set-up for a wet-to-dry­ing race and smarts be­tween the ears. Who would have thought when Ere­bus owner Betty Kli­menko an­nounced five years ago she was tak­ing her GT team into V8 Su­per­cars she and her squad would still be around in 2017, much less Bathurst 1000 cham­pi­ons. Not us! Betty, proved her crit­ics wrong and de­serves the sat­is­fac­tion she must now feel. Ere­bus is the sec­ond team in his­tory to win both of the Bathurst en­duro ‘ma­jors’ – the 1000 and 12 Hour – fol­low­ing Te­kno Au­tosport’s suc­cess in both races last year. Ere­bus won the 2013 12-hour with an AMG-sup­ported Mercedes-Benz SLS GT3.

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