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Bathurst celebrated in new book to mark Great Race’s 60th anniversary

THIS year marks the 60th anniversary of the ‘Great Race’ at Bathurst’s Mount Panorama and a new book, ‘The Great Race’ is being released to mark the occasion.

Available to pre-order now here from the V8 Sleuth Superstore, the 352-page paperback has been written by V8 Sleuth’s Aaron Noonan and is published by HarperCollins Australia.

With a foreword by five-time Bathurst 1000 winner Garth Tander, the new book is a collection of insights and stories documenting six decades of Australia’s most famous race, its impact on the Australian motorsport and sporting landscape and celebrates the famous races, cars, drivers and traditions of the race.

From its beginnings in the 1960s as a 500-mile race for standard production cars, the Bathurst 1000 has evolved into an annual multi-million-dollar battle between purpose-built, millimetre-perfect V8-powered Supercars.

After six decades of this extraordinary battle on the mountain, The Great Race looks back at the thrills, the spills, the legends and the losers of the race’s history, from the legendary Ford and Holden battles to how the Mountain made household names of Peter Brock, Allan Moffat, Dick Johnson, Craig Lowndes, Mark Skaife and so many more, including the fearless women who have challenged the race.

It’s an eye-opening account of how the circuit has evolved from a scenic tourist drive into a world-famous Mecca of motorsport and includes special added insight into what became of the legendary cars that have conquered Mount Panorama after their days of glory.

‘The Great Race’ is on sale from August 2, making it the ideal gift for Father’s Day.

It’s the second book that V8 Sleuth’s Noonan has written for HarperCollins after he worked with Neil Crompton on the 2021 release, ‘Best Seat In The House’, telling the story of Crompton’s amazing motorsport career behind the wheel and behind the microphone.

Copies of the Crompton book are available here via the V8 Sleuth Superstore.

The start of the 1985 race was headed by pole-sitter Tom Walkinshaw into Hell Corner. Photo: an1images.com/Dale Rodgers.
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