In our latest lottery, as well as winning an amazing Ford Mustang or Mercedes Sedan, you could also experience the thrills and spills of a trip to a Bathurst 12 Hour! This is the ultimate getaway for a racing fan.
Win our bonus prize in this lottery and you’ll get to make the pilgrimage to Mount Panorama to see a bunch of legends push their cars, teams and themselves to the limits from 5–8 October, 2017. Our prize is worth a cool $5,000 and covers everything you need for a fun-filled trip to this epic race:
• Return airfare from nearest capital city to Sydney
• Airport taxes and luggage
• 4-day hire of a Toyota Camry or similar
• 4 nights at Quality Hotel Bathurst 4*
• 3-day Trackside Pass including paddock pass
• 4-day paddock pass
• Pit lane walk
• Admission to the National Motor Racing Museum at Mt Panorama
With a trackside ticket you’ll be right in on the action, lapping up the buzz around the track from your choice of various vantage points. The Paddock Pass and Pit Lane Walk will grant you access to all the exciting behind-the-scenes action – you’ll be able to peek on the teams working in the garages and maybe even grab an autograph from your favourite driver!
THE Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour is a race for GT3, GT4 and invited production-based or specialised endurance vehicles held at Mount Panorama.
The race is now recognised and acknowledged around the world as one of the most important races for GT vehicles on the calendar, alongside contemporaries like the Spa-Francorchamps 24 Hour and the Nurburgring 24 Hour.
Mount Panorama is the world-renowned circuit known as the spiritual home of Australian Motor Racing, the circuit became famous via the annual Bathurst 1000 classic which was first held in 1963. The Bathurst 1000 is now one of Australia’s largest sporting events.
Let’s take it back to where it all began, and how Bathurst became the legendary race track it is today.
Nicknamed ‘The Great Race’ among motorsport fans and media, the Bathurst 1000 (currently the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 for sponsorship reasons) is widely regarded as the pinnacle of motorsport in Australia. Initially referred to as the ‘Armstrong 500’, the race was first held in 1960 at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in Victoria. In 1963, it was relocated to the Mount Panorama Circuit in Bathurst, NSW, and has been held there every year since in October.
The success of The Great Race during the 1960s led to most manufacturers in the country entering their vehicles in an attempt to ‘tame the Mountain’. The race was initially dominated by smaller cars but these were soon overtaken by the raging speed of the V8s.
Success at Mount Panorama greatly boosted a cars image and credibility in the Australian marketplace and hence had a major impact on sales. This coined a well-known phrase, “Win on Sunday, sell on Monday!”.
The association between winning and sales spurred on the famous rivalry between Ford and Holden, and also Chrysler earlier on. This three-way rivalry led to the era of muscle cars, commonly referred to as ‘Bathurst Specials’. These muscle cars included the Holden Monaro, Holden Torana, Ford Falcon GT, GT-HO Super Falcon and Chrysler’s Pacer and Charger.
Due to the immensity of the Ford and Holden rivalry, at certain times only Fords and Holdens were allowed to compete in the Bathurst 1000, using their Falcon and Commodore models respectively. In 2013, however, the rules changed and other teams began to enter the race, including Nissan, a past winner.
Ford and Holden have won all but six of the races at Bathurst. Holden has the most overall victories with 30, with Ford next best on 20 and Nissan is the only other multiple winner with two. Jaguar, Nissan, BMW and Volvo have also competed and won the event.
During its history, The Great Race has been conducted for several touring car categories: production saloon cars, Group E Series Production Touring Cars, Group C Touring Cars, Group A Touring Cars, Group 3A Touring Cars, Super Touring and currently Supercars. Since 1999, the race has been run exclusively for the Supercars category and is run for championship points.
Winners of the Bathurst 1000 are presented with the Peter Brock Trophy, which was first introduced at the 2006 race to commemorate the great driver’s death. Brock is the most successful driver in the history of the race and won the event nine times. Regarded a legend in the sport, he was one of the most popular drivers in Australia during his long career and adored by many fans.
You could be there for the power, the noise and the adrenaline filled atmosphere across three thrilling days of racing action. For your chance to experience The Bathurst 12 hour trackside, simply purchase three or more tickets in the Mater Cars for Cancer lottery No. 75. Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of another chapter of Australian motorsport history!