The Bathurst 1000, refereed to by many Aussies as simply 'The Great Race' has a long and celebrated history with motoring enthusiasts and while the younger generation will only remember the race being a two make contest until recently, other than Fords and Holdens, there was another make that once dominated the mountain... The BMC Minis
In 1966 these nimble little machines dominated the race, not only taking out ALL podium spots but securing the top nine positions overall and in celebration of the 50th anniversary a select few Mini owners from across Australia and New Zealand have been invited to take part in the four day national event this year, with special functions, displays, a special drive day and Parade Laps of the famous track all on the cards.
Local enthusiasts Michael Klocovski (1972 Leyland Mini - Right) and Justin Mosher (1966 Cooper S - Left) were lucky enough to be included in the group and will be heading down for the big event tomorrow. We caught up briefly with the pair yesterday evening to get a quick run-down on everything and to say the guys were excited would be a massive understatement!
As another awesome addition to the celebrations, famous Mini race drivers Bob Holden, Rauno Aaltonen and Laurie Stewart will also be in attendance for the weekend, joining in on the majority of the activities and mingling with the car owners.
The guys have got a very early morning start and a long drive ahead of them so we wish them all the best! Michael has offered to keep in touch over the weekend and send through some photos so if you're keen to see what these guys are getting up to be sure to keep an eye on the IMCC Facebook page.
For more information on the event, you can check out the Minis and Mokes at Bathurst - 50th Anniversary Event Facebook page HERE