Bathurst 1000

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The Bathurst 1000 is a 1,000 km touring car race held annually on the Mount Panorama Circuit in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia.wikipedia
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Mount Panorama Circuit

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The Bathurst 1000 is a 1,000 km touring car race held annually on the Mount Panorama Circuit in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia.
It is situated on a hill with the dual official names of Mount Panorama and Wahluu and is best known as the home of the Bathurst 1000 motor race held each October, and the Bathurst 12 Hour event held each February.

Motorsport in Australia

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Widely regarded as the pinnacle of motorsport in Australia, the Bathurst 1000 is colloquially known as The Great Race among motorsport fans and media.
The most widely watched motorsport category is Supercars, especially at the Bathurst 1000.

Peter Brock

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This trophy was introduced at the 2006 race to commemorate the death of Peter Brock.
He won the Bathurst 1000 endurance race nine times, the Sandown 500 touring car race nine times, the Australian Touring Car Championship three times, the Bathurst 24 Hour once and was inducted into the V8 Supercars Hall of Fame in 2001.

Supercars Championship

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It is currently run as a championship event for Supercars. During its history, the race has been conducted for 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.
Race formats vary between each event, with sprint races between 100 and 200 km in length, street races between 125 and 250 km in length, and two-driver endurance races held at Sandown, Bathurst, and the Gold Coast.

1960 Armstrong 500

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The race concept originated with the 1960 Armstrong 500 at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, before being relocated to Bathurst in 1963 and continuing there in every year since.
This was the first event held in the history of the race later to become known as the Bathurst 1000, the race that would come to dominate Australian motor racing.

Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit

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The race concept originated with the 1960 Armstrong 500 at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, before being relocated to Bathurst in 1963 and continuing there in every year since.
The new track was opened in 1956 and in 1960 the first Armstrong 500 production car race was held at the circuit.

Bob Jane

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In 1961 Bob Jane and Harry Firth, sharing an Australian assembled Mercedes-Benz 220 SE, were the first drivers to complete the 167 laps.
A four-time winner of the Armstrong 500, the race that became the prestigious Bathurst 1000 and a four-time Australian Touring Car Champion, Jane was well known for his chain of tyre retailers, Bob Jane T-Marts.

Harry Firth

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In 1961 Bob Jane and Harry Firth, sharing an Australian assembled Mercedes-Benz 220 SE, were the first drivers to complete the 167 laps.
Firth won the Bathurst 500, including its predecessor at Phillip Island, four times (twice in the final two races held at the Island and twice at Bathurst).

1963 Armstrong 500

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In 1963, Bob Jane and Harry Firth again triumphed, this time in a Cortina GT.
The 1963 Armstrong 500 was the fourth running of the Armstrong 500 touring car race.

1965 Armstrong 500

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1965 brought victory for the first overt "Bathurst Special", the Cortina GT 500.
The 1965 Armstrong 500 was the sixth running of the Bathurst 500 touring car race.

1964 Armstrong 500

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In 1964 the pair drove competing Cortina GTs; Jane won with George Reynolds as co-driver.
It was the fifth Armstrong 500 and the second to be held at Bathurst although it is commonly referred to as the fifth "Bathurst 500".

1961 Armstrong 500

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In 1961 Bob Jane and Harry Firth, sharing an Australian assembled Mercedes-Benz 220 SE, were the first drivers to complete the 167 laps.
It was the second event held in the combined history of the Bathurst 1000, which had begun the previous year with the first Armstrong 500.

1962 Armstrong 500

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In 1962 the class structure changed to one based on price.
This was the third and last Armstrong 500 to be held at Phillip Island prior to the race being moved to the Mount Panorama Circuit at Bathurst in New South Wales where it later became known as the Bathurst 1000.

Barry Seton

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Barry 'Bo' Seton was second with Herb Taylor.
He won the Bathurst 500 (500-mile race, about 800 km) in 1965 with co-driver Midge Bosworth driving a Ford Cortina GT500.

John Roxburgh (racing driver)

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Frank Coad and John Roxburgh in a Vauxhall Cresta, were the first to complete the 500 mile race distance.
Roxburgh's career was highlighted by taking victory in the original 1960 Armstrong 500 (known later as the Bathurst 1000), co-driving a Vauxhall Cresta with Frank Coad.

1966 Gallaher 500

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1966 was the last four cylinder victory for more than two decades.
It was the seventh running of the Bathurst 500 race and the first time that the event had been staged under the Gallaher 500 name.

Leo Geoghegan

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Third outright and first in Class C were Brian Foley and Peter Manton in a Morris Cooper S. The Geoghegan brothers, Ian and Leo, famously drove the race wearing business suits supplied by McDowells.
Leo also drove Group E Series Production Cars and Group C touring cars at the annual Bathurst 500/1000 endurance race for the Ford Works Team, Chrysler Australia and the Holden Dealer Team.

1967 Gallaher 500

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The 1967 victory of the XR Falcon GT over the smaller Alfa Romeo 1600 GTVs and Mini Coopers surprised many pundits as the Falcon GT was unproven.
The race, which was the eighth running of the Phillip Island 500/Bathurst 500, was organised by the Australian Racing Drivers Club Ltd and promoted by Gallaher International (Aust) Ltd.

Holden Monaro

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Ford's Falcon GT and later GT-HO, Holden's Monaro and Torana, and Chrysler's Pacer and Charger models were the result of constant development of race-worthy cars that the general public could buy.
The HK Monaro GTS327 gave Holden its first victory in the Bathurst 500 in 1968 at the hands of Bruce McPhee and co-driver Barry Mulholland.

Bruce McPhee

Bruce McPhee and Barry Mulholland were second in an identical car.
He is most famous for winning the 1968 Hardie-Ferodo 500 (now the Bathurst 1000), defeating both the Holden and Ford factory teams.

1969 Hardie-Ferodo 500

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The 1969 Hardie-Ferodo 500 saw the first of the Ford Falcon GT-HOs.
The 1969 Hardie-Ferodo 500 was the tenth running of the Bathurst 500 production car race.

Group E Series Production Touring Cars

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During its history, the race has been conducted for 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.
Although production car racing in Australia had gained momentum with the running of the first Armstrong 500 endurance race at Phillip Island in 1960, no national guidelines for this type of racing existed until 1 January 1964 when the Group E regulations were introduced by the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport as part of a major review of Australian motor sport categories.

1970 Hardie-Ferodo 500

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1970 saw a change of strategy as Holden chose to race the smaller Torana GTR XU-1 rather than the Monaro.
The 1970 Hardie-Ferodo 500 was the 11th running of the Bathurst 500 touring car race.

1968 Hardie-Ferodo 500

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In 1968, sponsorship changed again and the race became known as the Hardie-Ferodo 500.
It was the ninth running of the Bathurst 500.

Colin Bond

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The new GTS 350 Monaro, in the hands of Colin Bond and Tony Roberts, was able to hold out Ford to claim the second victory for Holden.
He quickly found success, winning the 1969 Hardie-Ferodo 500 mile race (now the Bathurst 1000) at Bathurst, New South Wales in a Holden Monaro.