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