The start of the 1996 AMP Bathurst 1000. Pic: an1images.com / Graeme Neander

THE full 1996 AMP Bathurst 1000 has been released on DVD for the first time as part of the popular Seven Sport’s Magic Moments of Motorsport series.

A must-have addition to any Bathurst DVD collection, the release runs for approximately nine hours and 28 minutes and features the complete race day telecast.

That includes the Sunday morning Formula Ford and two-litre Super Touring support races as well as the full 161-lap Mountain classic held on Sunday October 6, 1996.

The DVD features unseen race vision that took place while the original broadcast went to commercial breaks and follows the release of the 1994 and ’95 full race telecasts earlier this year.

The 1996 race was a special one as it marked the first Bathurst 1000 victory of two men who went on to become legends of the Mountain: Craig Lowndes and Greg Murphy.

The Mobil Holden Racing Team duo led the field home in a race that lasted just over seven hours as wet weather and six Safety Car periods added to the action.

It was a triumph that delivered 22-year-old Lowndes a sensational ‘Triple Crown’, having already won the Australian Touring Car Championship title and shared the Sandown 500 win with Murphy.

The 1996 race featured a 35-car field packed with professional teams and privateers that were once a hallmark of the event, for a total of 12 Falcons took on 23 Commodores.

The field heads up the Mountain. Pic: an1images.com / Graeme Neander

All the big names of the period are featured in this race: Peter Brock, Mark Skaife, Larry Perkins, Russell Ingall, Jim Richards, Dick Johnson, John Bowe, Tony Longhurst, Wayne Gardner, Alan Jones and more.

Stars of the future including Todd Kelly and Jason Bargwanna are on show in the Formula Ford race, while Jim Richards made a special appearance in Peter Brock’s #05 Volvo in the Super Tourers.

This special DVD release can now be purchased in the V8 Sleuth Bookshop.

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