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#1 Dodgey

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Posted 03 April 2016 - 10:35 AM

Challenge Bathurst is an exclusive opportunity to drive your own street car or track racing car on the famous Mount Panorama Racing Circuit this November.

 

http://www.challenge...e68fc-145663465

 



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Posted 03 April 2016 - 01:12 PM

Hi Steve,

 

Saw that pop up on FB a few weeks ago.

Got all excited, but the -

""Event Fees [incl. GST] $1,590 entry fee per vehicle [includes $100 fuel credit]"" put me back in my box.

 

Add accommodation etc etc and $2k weekend for sure.

 

Having said that...it would be a priceless experience for us old blokes!!....you doing it?



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Posted 03 April 2016 - 06:59 PM

That's the going rate for any chance to run around the mountain, it is expensive but what a great opportunity for most guys who would not normally have a category or platform to drive their car. Well worth it if you get the chance, just need to make sure your car is prepped and ready for The Challenge. Good luck to all who will compete.

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Posted 03 April 2016 - 07:49 PM

Hi Steve,

 

Saw that pop up on FB a few weeks ago.

Got all excited, but the -

""Event Fees [incl. GST] $1,590 entry fee per vehicle [includes $100 fuel credit]"" put me back in my box.

 

Add accommodation etc etc and $2k weekend for sure.

 

Having said that...it would be a priceless experience for us old blokes!!....you doing it?

Hi Col

Yeah it seems like a lot of money - but I reckon it's excellent value. Six 20 minute sessions around Mount Panorama is priceless. Can usually camp in the Paddock for $80 for the weekend. After being up there for MotorFest with Grant (Group Nc) and another mate (NSWRRC Regularity) it is a must do. Six sessions is a lot of driving for a first timer at Mt Panorama (just ask Grant!).

 

I have already sent them an expression of interest in the Regularity Event. Entry Applications & Supp Regs will be sent via email in May.

 

For me the big cost and effort is preparing the car. At the moment, both motor and gearbox are out for rebuild.

 

So yes, this old bloke hopes to be there.

 

Steve



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Posted 03 April 2016 - 07:53 PM

That is a lot of track time ... Added to bucket list ;)

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Posted 03 April 2016 - 08:31 PM

OK Steve...I'll chuck an exp. in as well.



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Posted 03 April 2016 - 08:41 PM

OK Steve...I'll chuck an exp. in as well.

Awesome!!



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Posted 03 April 2016 - 08:50 PM

and Done. Submitted

Geez I hope it all works out!



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Posted 08 April 2016 - 05:29 PM

you'l have a ball it's awesome.

 

 

I think that the regularity time is well worth the cost.

 

just camp as well it's pretty good value and adds to the experience.

 

few beers each night.


Edited by Agent 34, 08 April 2016 - 05:30 PM.


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Posted 08 April 2016 - 08:40 PM

Yep...I'm not a real big camper...but looking at this...YIKES!!....looks like I'm gettin the sleeping bag out!!!

 

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Posted 13 April 2016 - 06:47 AM

Theres a tricky recovery in the short vid Steve, and I can see why the little Toranas have issues on Conrod Grant.....

 



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Posted 13 April 2016 - 05:47 PM

That sounds like an absolute frOcking bargain. 

I hope its on again next year, As I might need to look into lining up something to take!!

 

Something like this would be perfect, yes its gayer than two men frOcking, but its cheap, near new so should be reliable, and an excelent chassis......

 

http://www.carsales....D-3908564/?Cr=0

 

Cheers. 


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Posted 13 April 2016 - 06:25 PM

I dont reckon those 86s are too gay at all Bomber. I almost bought one a few years
ago when there was a 6 -10 month wait on them.29k..a bloody bargain.
They would be a good track day thing. Not a lot of go go but handle like a rear wheel drive car should..i.e chuckable

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Posted 13 April 2016 - 06:53 PM

Ah no I recon there terribly gay... If one was to have something like a Falcon turbo six engine in it on the other hand......

The resons you list are the reasons I would look to such a thing though :D For someone of my driving ability gutless is good....



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Posted 13 April 2016 - 07:37 PM

oh well,,.....looks like Im gay after all.

 

Probably right, as when we were seriously looking at them, my 21 y.o. son said that if i bought one he would disown me in public....lol



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Posted 13 April 2016 - 07:47 PM

Hahahahaha. 

I think the main thing I detest is the boxer engine. 

 

Alas, its a compact sporty front engined rear wheel drive car, so cant be to bad, just wish they were a touch more subtle on the styling and didnt put a boxer engine in it :P



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Posted 21 May 2016 - 06:18 PM

Ok, on the list of things to do for this event are  - 

 

1. Sort out 3.08 diff c/w Detroit locker.

   Just about done, but need 2 LONG BOLTS for Banjo housing. Looks to me like there are just fine thread 9/16 and any bolt shop should be able to supply?

 

2. Replace the front and rear wheel studs with longer ones and nuts ( easier for scrutineering regardless of what event it is). Without just machining off the ends of  the normal old mag nuts, how do peope deal with the stud  versus wheel fit? i.e a normal nut doesnt have the big shank on it like a mag nut does? 

 

Thanks

 

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Posted 22 May 2016 - 12:05 AM

Go to a local speed shop or decent tyre shop for the mag nuts.
Any drag car running centreline's or weld wheels etc has to have the protruding wheel stud.

Ive got them on all of mine. With morroso long wheel studs.

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Posted 22 May 2016 - 09:25 AM

thanks 8 Ball..I'll give that a run mate.



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Posted 30 May 2016 - 09:12 PM

bolts = $2 each at bolt shop.

Long studs = not bothering , on advice.

 

For anyone else thinking of having a go, but lacking a car, well.......here it is -

http://www.carsales....D-4046462/?Cr=1



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Posted 19 October 2016 - 08:17 PM

There is still time to enter the Regularity event at Challenge Bathurst. Entries close 28th October.

 

From SpeedCafe:

http://www.speedcafe...lenge-bathurst/

 

GT3 teams confirmed for Challenge Bathurst.

 

Organisers have confirmed a field of more than 320 cars for the inaugural Challenge Bathurst sprint event to be held at Mount Panorama next month.

The brainchild of James O’Brien, the event will consist of four days of sprints split into 20 minute timed track sessions at the 6.2km circuit, designed for both professional and regular drivers.

Seen as a chance to log valuable track time ahead of February’s Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour, the November 24-27 Challenge Bathurst event has attracted several GT3 teams.

The Lightning Super Sprint, for elite and experienced competitors, has been fully subscribed with 120 cars entered.

The line-up is headed by Maranello Motorsport which will field its Ferrari 488 GT3, to be piloted by Supercars stars Craig Lowndes, Jamie Whincup and GT ace Toni Vilander at the Bathurst 12 Hour.

Pending their availability, Lowndes and Whincup are expected to attend to complete valuable test runs.

Steven Richards Motorsport will enter two BMW M6 GT3s, including the recently confirmed Bathurst 12 Hour trio of Mark Skaife, Russell Ingall and Tony Longhurst.

BMW, which has booked the circuit privately for Monday, November 28, will also deploy factory engineers to the test to assist the team’s lead up to the endurance event.

Others entered include Ferrari squad Vicious Rumour Racing and the Miedecke Stone Racing Aston Martin outfit.

Australian GT racers Mark Griffith (Mercedes AMG GT3) and Yasser Shahin (Lamborghini Gallardo) will also run alongside McElrea Racing and a five car contingent from MARC Cars Australia.

 

Organisers have received 200 entries for the Thunder Regularity sessions designed for non-professional drivers.

Event director O’Brien has been stunned by the response to the Challenge Bathurst concept.

“The reaction to Challenge Bathurst has been outstanding and shows the appeal that Mount Panorama has for motor racing fans and competitors from all around Australia,” said event director O’Brien.

“The Lightning Super Sprint is sold out and will be a very fast, very competitive few days with some of the fastest GT cars and biggest brands involved alongside a lot of private entries – all in serious machinery.

“The Thunder Regularity has achieved 200 entries. With the cap set at 275, there is still time for people looking to get some laps of Mount Panorama to submit an entry and be part of the action.

“We are very pleased with the outcome in both Lightning and Thunder, and it will deliver a big four days on the Mountain this November.”

Entries will remain open until October 28



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Posted 19 October 2016 - 08:34 PM

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Posted 20 October 2016 - 12:40 PM

Should be fun for everyone involved. Even more so now with some GT cars to watch.

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Posted 27 October 2016 - 01:25 PM

Had a bit of a play today to check all good and ready...fingers crossed.

 

Should note the new suspension from Greg Nowland's Suspension Concepts is very nice ( from what I could tell on the little track here in Newcsatle).

 

Apparently there are 7 guys from here entered, so it should be fun.

 

 

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Posted 22 November 2016 - 06:11 PM

come on boys give us a race prep run down.

 

 

boys here's a little bit of bathurst magic just to get you pumped up !!!

 

 

its an Xw but pretty good anyway 

 

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