The planned trip to com­pete at the 2016 Su­percheap Auto Bathurst 1000 is fast be­com­ing a re­al­ity, and plenty of progress is be­ing made be­hind the scenes. The cur­rent plan is for 25 Enzed Cen­tral Mus­cle Cars (CMC) ve­hi­cles to com­pete against 25 Enzed Tour­ing Car Masters (TCM) cars. One of the big in­ten­tions is to add a lit­tle par­ity to the classes, with CMC cars his­tor­i­cally be­ing more pow­er­ful, and also to limit the top speed of the faster CMC cars down Bathurst’s leg­endary Con­rod Straight, the aim be­ing to en­sure that a pro­posed 280kph top speed is en­forced across the board. The plan cur­rently is to im­pose an rpm limit, al­though, un­der­stand­ably, there are com­pli­ca­tions about how that would be man­aged. The al­ter­na­tive is to look at diff ra­tios, which may help some of the en­gines that have been built to pro­duce higher power at the ex­treme rpm. Apart from this ob­sta­cle, progress on the trip is go­ing well, with the 25 driv­ers hav­ing re­ceived con­fir­ma­tion that they’ve been ac­cepted to at­tend. With more than 25 be­ing keen to go, pref­er­ence was given to driv­ers with a long-stand­ing as­so­ci­a­tion with CMC. De­spite TCM be­ing Aus­tralian based, CMC ac­tu­ally has more cars of Aus­tralian ori­gin com­pet­ing, so even the pa­tri­otic Aussies are likely to be look­ing for­ward to the sight and sound of 50 old bangers rac­ing around the moun­tain. If you haven’t booked your flights yet, now’s the time to get them sorted.

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