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It is 60 years since the 500-mile endurance race known as the Armstrong 500 moved from Phillip Island to Mount Panorama, Bathurst. From the first Bathurst 500 in 1963 to the Repco Bathurst 1000 of today, the event has grown to become Australia’s iconic motor race.
We celebrate the event in this special edition with features on the greatest driver combinations and drivers plus the best car, race, lap and so much more.
This issue starts out with a lap around the Mount Panorama Circuit, with the corner and straight names telling the story of the iconic circuit through some of the key players in its formation and the characteristics of its geography. Then we explore the development of the race through its history and the records.
To commemorate the 60-year anniversary, we look back and pick the 60 most amazing moments in the history of the race – from the memorable winners, headline-grabbing controversies, best laps, biggest crashes and more.
We bring together the best drivers and combinations in what we’ve called ‘The Greatest Race’: 64 entries featuring every winner of the Bathurst 500/1000 plus other notable drivers to form an iconic fantasy Bathurst grid. There’s also a look at the other great and intriguing combinations in the history of the event.
The masters of Bathurst are ranked as we compare the records of the 11 drivers to win the race three times or more.
We also pick what we consider to be the best and most significant car, race and lap over the last six decades. There’s also the story of why there were two Bathursts in 1997 and 1998 and the history of the Shootout qualifying format, which is also celebrating a milestone in 2023.
Issue #130 includes the following:
Welcome to Mount Panorama: A lap around the Mount Panorama Circuit, telling the history of the corners and straight names.
The evolution of Bathurst: The history of the Bathurst 500/1000, from the first race in 1963 to today.
Bathurst records: The winners, record holders and more from the Bathurst 500/1000.
60 amazing Bathurst moments: Reflecting back on the 60 most amazing moments in the 60-year history of Bathurst.
The Greatest Race: A super grid of some of Bathurst’s best and most intriguing driver combinations and cars.
The masters of Bathurst: Ranking the 11 three-time or more Bathurst winners based on their race results.
Brock & Lowndes: Master and apprentice: The ties that bind Bathurst greats Peter Brock and Craig Lowndes.
The last of the Big Bangers: The Holden VK Commodore that dominated at Bathurst in 1984 in the Group C swansong.
1994: The dawn of a new era. The significance of one of the best Bathursts over the last 60 years, the 1994 Bathurst 1000.
The Lap of the Gods: Greg Murphy’s unforgettable Shootout qualifying lap from 2003.
Two Bathursts – the great divide: The factors that led to there being two Bathursts in both 1997 and 1998.
Shootout on the Mountain: The history and development of the Bathurst 1000’s Shootout qualifying format.
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