Motor racing at Mount Panorama has come along way since men walked the track at night with hand held brooms preparing the circuit for the next day’s racing.
It is hard to imagine this scene today, but it will be these and many more memories of days gone by that will be shared as racing enthusiasts from around Australia gather this Easter in a series of events to celebrate 75 Years of Motor Racing at Mount Panorama.
Mayor of Bathurst Monica Morse said the people that rallied to establish what we now have as a world famous motor racing circuit, were pioneers in their day.
“It was in the very early years back before WWII with the running of events in 1938-39 that the foundations were laid for the development of a scenic, thrilling race track that would become a place where motor racing legends were made.
“These were people who had a vision for what could be and a passion and commitment to developing motor sport in this country and we have them to thank for this fantastic circuit we all know and love today.”
Car clubs from around Australia representing every era of motor racing over the 75 years are being invited to a Show ’n Shine on Saturday March 30. Individual car or motorbike enthusiasts and car clubs are welcome to participate.
The National Motor Racing Museum will be focus for a few special events also as it marks 25 years of operation with the unveiling of a new bronze bust of motorbike racing legend Harry Hinton (Snr). Council has plans also to commemorate the Bathurst woman who won the public competition in 1934 to name the circuit.
The 75 Years of Motor Racing events will be part of the action of the Bathurst Motor Festival, run over the Easter long weekend March 29-31. The event features the opening round of the Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship, NSW Production Touring Cars, Group N Historic Touring Cars, Production Sports Cars, Formula Vee and regularity categories, the New South Wales Road Racing Club and NSW Porsche Club.