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Monday, 01 October 2018 12:29

Flashback: Iconic moments of the Great Race

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Mount Panorama Circuit was born 80 years ago and the Great Race 55 years ago. To celebrate the milestones, we look back at the iconic moments that helped create the legend of the Bathurst 1000 in SupercarXtra Magazine issue #107 and the 2018 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 event program.

CLICK HERE for more information on SupercarXtra Magazine issue #107.

CLICK HERE for more information on the 2018 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 event program.

The feature looks back at key developments, the coronation of kings, the dominators, the heartbreaks, the popular winners, controversies and dramatic finishes.

It begins in 1963, when Australia’s long-distance touring-car endurance race moved from Phillip Island to Mount Panorama, Bathurst. There were 56 cars and 16 manufacturers on the grid for the first Bathurst 500, won by Harry Firth and Bob Jane in a Ford Cortina MkI GT.

V8 power rose to the fore in 1967, with the Ford works team of Harry Firth and Fred Gibson handing the Falcon its first win at Mount Panorama.

Holden took the fight to Ford and prevailed for its first win courtesy of Bruce McPhee and Barry Mulholland in the Monaro HK in 1968, with Holden sweeping the podium.

The event went from 500 miles to 1000 kilometres in 1973, won by Allan Moffat and Ian Geoghegan in the Ford XA Falcon GT Hardtop, and ran to the same regulations as the Australian Touring Car Championship for the first time.

CLICK HERE to purchase the digital edition of the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 event program to read the full feature.

CLICK HERE to purchase issue #107 within Australia to read the full feature.

CLICK HERE to purchase issue #107 within New Zealand to read the full feature.

CLICK HERE to purchase issue #107 for the rest of the world to read the full feature.

CLICK HERE to find where to purchase issue #107 at your nearest store to read the full feature.

CLICK HERE to purchase the digital edition of issue #107 to read the full feature.

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Event Date
Superloop Adelaide 500 February 20-23
Melbourne 400 March 12-15
Tyrepower Tasmania Super400  April 3-5
ITM Auckland Super400 April 24-26
PIRTEK Perth SuperNight May 15-17
Truck Assist Winton Super400 June 5-7
Watpac Townsville 400 June 26-28
BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown July 17-19
Sydney SuperNight August 28-30
OTR The Bend 500 September 18-20
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 October 8-11
Vodafone Gold Coast 600 Oct. 30-Nov. 1
Penrite Oil Sandown Super400  November 20-22
Coates Hire Newcastle 500 December 4-6
   
   

 

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1. Scott McLaughlin
288  
2. Jamie Whincup
261 -27
3. Chaz Mostert
234 -54
4. Cameron Waters
231 -57
5. Will Davison
231 -57
6. David Reynolds
210 -78
7. Lee Holdsworth
171 -117
8. Mark Winterbottom
162 -126
9. Fabian Coulthard
162 -126
10. Rick Kelly
150 -138

Full championship standings