Know mount Panorama
Mount Panorama has been a loud and colourful part of Australia’s sporting tapestry for decades, with its first staging in 1963. But the track’s first event was the Australian Grand Prix, in the far braver days of 1938. Modern F1 cars would never be allowed to race around such a steep and technically unsafe track, with its 6.2km length surrounded by trees, walls and, infamously, had the odd adventurous kangaroo cross it. Perhaps the most insane people ever to ride their luck on its steep slopes (there’s a 174m vertical rise from the Pit Straight to Brock’s Skyline at the top) were the motorcycle racers who competed here in the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix which then just became known as the Easter races, before some unfortunate rioting and mindless violence shut the whole thing down. While it has proved a theatre of dreams for many larger-than-life characters over the years, from Dick Johnson to Jim Richards, the undisputed King of the Mountain was Peter Brock. Brocky, or Peter Perfect as the fans called him, won the Great Race an incredible nine times. In his day, he was unbeatable around The Mountain, and in 1979 his winning margin was an almost unfeasible six laps. In the same year, Bathurst also changed the way everyone in the world watches motorsport. It was the place where Channel 7 unveiled the world’s first in-car cameras, Racecam, putting viewers in the driver’s seat in a feat of technological brilliance we now all take for granted.