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Morning Qualifying – Bathurst Birthday Bash

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Greetings from the land of Academia!  I would be less than a proper Hooniversal Hoonitarian if I didn’t pause my studies for a moment to remember one of the high holy days of our faith….(Praise be, Murilee!)…Bathurst weekend!  This weekend the V8 Supercar Championship returns to the Mt. Panorama circuit at Bathurst for the 50th running of the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.  Before you rev up your modems to , there’s a little something to whet your appetites after the jump! 

The John Goss/Henri Pescarolo Ford XC Falcon GS500 leads the Bob Morris/Dieter Quester Holden LX Torana SS through the Dipper, during the 1979 Hardie-Ferodo 1000. Copyright Autopics.

Back in 1979, the Hardie-Ferodo 1000, as it was known then, operated according to CAMS Group C touring car regulation regulations with 4 classes: Class D for cars with sub 1600 cc engines, Class C with a maximum displacement of 2 liters, Class B with a maximum engine displacement of 3 liters, and Class A for cars with engines displacing 3 liters or more.  The field was stacked with the cream of Australian motor sport, and a smattering of international stars like Derek Bell, Henri Pescarolo, Dick Barbour and Dieter Quester.  So, now that you know the lay of the land, here are the highlights from the original Australian Broadcast Company telecast of the 1979 Hardie-Ferodo 1000.  Happy 50th birthday, Bathurst!

  • Dammit: Why couldn't you have posted this while I was still at work an hour ago? Would have been infinitely more entertaining than providing excellent cotomer sevis as I was…..

    Great post.

  • Senior Smee

    That is one fantastic racing track. It's like they threw one of everything awesome at it. Who thought letting Herman Tilke design every track in the world was a good idea?

    • sporty88au

      It was even more awesome back in the 70's and early 80's, with Conrod Straight (the fastest part of the track) being completely straight for over 2km (a bit under 1-and-a-half miles) with a hard 90-degree left turn at the end. I'm amazed nobody ever ran out of brakes at the end of it. Even with the changes made back in the mid-80's (smoothing off most of the corners, extra run-off areas, the Chase) it's still a great place to drive.

  • BAMacPherson

    Now where can we watch the coverage online? Anywhere?

    • scroggzilla

      • BAMacPherson

        You're a saint.

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