Bathurst to honour Great Race legends

Mount Panorama will recognise Great Race legends

Twelve of the most famous names in Australian motorsport will be honoured at this year’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

Supercars and Bathurst Regional Council have teamed up to create the new ‘Legends Lane’ permanent tribute at the Mount Panorama Circuit.

The ‘Legends Lane’ walk of fame will be designed this year and unveiled at the 2018 edition of the Great Race.

The first 12 inductees will be revealed at a special event on the Friday of this year’s meeting from October 5-8, with several of the cars they piloted set to be on display. A special parade lap featuring the group will take place ahead of the race start.

Supercars announced the concept at the official launch for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 along with this year’s theme which is ‘Heroes and Legends’.

It was attended by Australian touring car greats Jim Richards, Fred Gibson, Allan Moffat and Colin Bond. The quartet were joined by reigning Bathurst 1000 winners Will Davison and Jonathon Webb.

This year marks 40 years since the famous 1-2 finish featuring Ford Falcons driven by Moffat and Bond in 1977, which will be among the moments honoured at the event.

“This permanent legacy will become a major focal point for Mount Panorama and a place where people can come to pay homage to some of the greatest names in Australian sport,” said Supercars CEO James Warburton.

“This will also be a major tourism drawcard to join the National Motor Racing Museum where of course the Peter Brock statue resides, as a lasting legacy for motorsport in this country.”

Bathurst Mayor Graeme Hanger OAM believes the addition of a permanent tribute would be another major drawcard for the thousands of people who visit the circuit each year.

“Mount Panorama holds a special place in the heart of Australian motorsport fans and the proposed tribute to the legends of the Mount will continue to build on the reputation of the circuit as the spiritual home of motorsports in this nation,” said Hanger.

The ‘Heroes and Legends’ theme will be reflected on Fox Sports’ Bathurst Channel with a selection of special programs to be aired during race week.

Meanwhile, Supercars also highlighted the launch of a new eSports program which will feature at the event.

Speedcafe.com reported in June that Supercars were assessing a special Bathurst eSports event.

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