GROUP N Historic Touring Cars will complete a massive program for the 2013 Bathurst Motor Festival next Easter.

The classic cars that represent a sensational era of Australia’s Touring Car history – the 1960s and early 1970s – will return to the Mountain next Easter with a big field and action assured.

Dominant cars in the class include Ford’s iconic Mustang, XU-1 Holden Torana’s and even GT Falcons, continuing the classic Holden v Ford battle that Bathurst has made so famous.

Cars from other classic brands, including Chrysler and Mini, are also likely to feature amongst a competitive field of cars drawn from across Australia.

The cars are loud, sideways and surprisingly fast given their age – making them crowd favourites amongst spectators and race officials.

Group N joins six other categories at the March 29-31 Festival, including the return to the Mountain of the Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship for the CAMS Gold Star.

2013 will represent the 11th time that Australia’s longest continually awarded motorsport honour – the Gold Star – will have contested a round at the iconic 6.213km circuit.

Prior to this year’s much talked about return, 1969 was the last time that the Gold Star / Australian Drivers Championship had competed at Mount Panorama with a race won by Australia’s then Formula 1 world champion; Sir Jack Brabham.

Of the other categories set to compete, the debut of the New South Wales Production Touring Car Championship his highly anticipated – especially given their exciting 2012 season that has been playing out this year.

The Production Tourers have fought out a season of mixed sprint and endurance races, with their year set to conclude in early November. A Field of 40-plus cars are expected for their debut at Bathurst next Easter.

Production Sports Cars, Formula Vee, New South Wales Road Racing Club regularity and the NSW Porsche Club Regularity will also feature on a packed three-day program across the Easter 2013 long weekend.