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2015 Bathurst 1000

I love V8Supercars, the premier Australian touring car category, but haven’t been able to watch much of the action this year – until today.  The 1000km race at Mt Panorama, Bathurst, is the biggest race of the year and I’ve always made sure I can be in front of a TV to enjoy the race.  Whether its at a BBQ with mates or sitting at home, I’ve only missed one race since 1977 (when I was overseas in 2006).

Whilst my 15 year old son (Josh) has no interest in motor sports, I spent the day watching the big race at home with my 12 year old son (Brad).  Even my 6 year old daughter (Karla) showed some interest and declared she wants to go to a race track and watch the cars “in real life”!

The coverage was good this year, the first year of the Foxtel / Network Ten joint TV rights deal.  We watched on Foxtel, which meant High-Definition pictures and fewer ads.  Even when Fox Sports did run commercials, they continued the coverage with picture-in-picture so viewers didn’t miss the action.

I may have become one of those armchair experts who only watches one or two V8Supercars meets a year, but I certainly enjoyed watching the race today, and I may have even sparked an interest in motor racing with my two youngest kids.

Congratulations to one of my favorite drivers, Craig Lowndes, score his sixth Bathurst 1000 victory with co-driver Steven Richards.

Winning 888 Commodore, 2015 Bathurst 1000, driven by Craig Lowndes and Steven Richards

Winning 888 Commodore, 2015 Bathurst 1000.

Craig Lowndes and Steven Richards hold the Peter Brock Trophy at Bathurst 2015

Winners!

2015 Bathurst 1000 results - website screenshot

2015 Bathurst 1000 results

Images from FoxSports TV coverage and V8Supercars website.

Road trip to Bathurst, Sydney, Canberra with Brad

Only a couple of weeks after a father-son road trip with my Dad to say goodbye to Uncle Bob in Queensland, the Easter long weekend was time for another father-son road trip with my boy Brad.  We drove to Sydney to see the Essendon Bombers take on Sydney Swans in the opening round of the AFL.

We took a minor (250km) detour to Bathurst on the way to meet up with my cousin Danny from Queensland, he’s involved with a car that was racing at Mount Panorama that weekend.  I don’t like the drive between Bathurst and Sydney, this time it was worse as the fog and rain came across the Blue Mountains.

The footy game was on Saturday night, so earlier in the day I thought we’d go for a drive in and around Sydney, just for a look.  Unfortunately  we didn’t see much except lots of rain, rain and more rain.  We did drive across the Sydney Harbour Bridge a couple of times and ended up at Manly Beach, but didn’t even get out of the car because the rain just didn’t stop.

At ANZ Stadium that night for the footy, the rain had eased off to a drizzle, but was still constant.  After a terrific start in the game, Essendon ran out of puff in the last quarter and lost to Sydney.

The Sun was actually shining on Sunday morning as we headed off towards Canberra.  Once in the capital that afternoon we visited the Royal Australian Mint to see where all our coins are made, and then to the Australian War Memorial.

Monday morning the rain had returned and it was time to start heading towards home, but on the way we visited the NASA Deep Space Tracking Station at Tidbinbilla (south of Canberra).  After checking out the radio telescopes we headed through Cooma, Gippsland and home to Pakenham – just over 4000km for the weekend.

Bradley at the Royal Australian Mint in Canberra

Brad looking for free samples at the mint!

Happy Bathurst Day!

Happy #Bathurst Day!

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It’s that one day of the year when I can get away with spending the whole day in-front of the TV.  Today is the annual 1000km race at Australia’s premier motor race track – Bathurst.  Apart from one year when I was overseas, I’ve been doing this every year since I was a kid (I’m talking late 1970’s).  Whether it’s on my own, with the kids or a group of mates, I just love spending the day watching the great race.

This year year the track has been resurfaced, which has resulted in some record-breaking times and may have contributed to some of the big crashes we’ve seen already in practice and qualifying.  The race it’s self kicks off at 10.30am this morning, and promises to be a ripper.  I’m barracking for Craig Lowndes in the 888 car, while my 11 year old son Brad is going for his Red Bull team-mate Jamie Whincup in the number 1 car.  It could get pretty loud in our lounge room if they get close to a podium finish this afternoon, but Whincup has a job ahead of him starting from the back of the grid following a crash in qualifying.  Lowndes starts from P6.

I’m disappointed Channel 7 isn’t broadcasting the race on their High Definition channel (7Mate), we are stuck with Standard Definition on their main channel.  There’s a new TV deal next year, with coverage going to Channel Ten (free-to-air) and Foxtel (pay-tv), so hopefully we’ll get HD on the Foxtel Speed channel in 2015.

Anyway, bring on the 2014 race in just under an hour.  I’ll be glued to the TV and the v8supercars.com.au website all day – after all, it’s the only day of the year I can.

UPDATE: writing this, I remembered a blog post I wrote in 2008, when I was just getting into blogging.  See that post here – simonsaysblog.wordpress.com/2008/10/12/bathurst-1000-2008/