WikipediaMount Panorama Racing Circuit
is probably Australia's most well known car racing track having been established in 1938. Situated at Bathurst a few hours drive due west of Sydney the track hosts a number of major races each year, the most famous of which is the V8 Super Cars Bathurst 1000 (161 laps), traditionally held on the long weekend in October each year. Traditional rivalry has always almost exclusively been between car makers Holden and Ford although other makes of car have always competed in the race.
Current Track Lap Record = 2:08.4651 (Jamie Whincup
, Ford BF Falcon
, 2007, V8 Supercar
The current track is just over 6.2 km around rising to 862m at the top with a 174 m difference between the top and bottom of the track. Parts of the track have grades of 1 in 6. Top speeds of up to 300km have been recorded on Conrod Straight.
The circuit is open to the public but a 60kph speed limit is imposed and regularly policed.
The National Motor Racing Museum
is located at Mount Panorama and showcases an impressive array of motorcycle and car racing memorabilia from all over the country.The Museum is is located at Murray's Corner, at the foot of Mount Panorama and is open every day (except Christmas Day and Good Friday) - Hours:- 9:00am to 4:30pm
The Chase,a 3 turn addition at Conrod Straight was completed in 1987 thus interrupting the longest straight in world car racing at that time. Most drivers approach The Chase chicanes at over 290 km/h (180 mph) after reaching speeds of up to 300kph (186mph) coming down Conrod Straight.