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    G/DAY ALL, i may be in a bit of a dilemma ,V8 supercars have not alocated us a campsite at bathurst as yet, we're leaving at 4am on tuesday to go down to work as flagmarshals, after 10 years of service to them its pretty piss poor, is there a fellow frogger around bathurst that might have enough room for a 14ft caravan and a small tent from tuesday till monday morning if V8 SC can't get their act together we are happy to contribute for power and water plus liquid refreshments.
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    V8 STUPID CARS

    This could be why a large number of officials who shall remain nameless refer to V8 SUPERCARS as the V8 STUPID CARS
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    I don't even watch them anymore. Whilst Bathurst existed for real cars that you could buy over the counter (almost), I was a staunch supporter. I cannot for the life of me see the appeal of two different brands of cars (with the same engine) belting around a decent race track only to be watched by spectators who would have no idea what real touring car racing is about and couldn't care less. Another motor sport and it's "hero's" dominated by the media instead of the FIA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter J Kent View Post
    G/DAY ALL, i may be in a bit of a dilemma ,V8 supercars have not alocated us a campsite at bathurst as yet, Cheers Peter.
    Sorry, can't help, but amazing when I check it out that about 6000 campsites for the public were sold out soon after release in April/May. Is it possible that the event is in fact - popular!!!??? Sorry, I guess this is a forum which likes to knock anything to do with Aussie cars. Yes, V8 Supercars is an overly commercialised sport, but it is one of if not THE fastest form of sedan racing in the world, and the technology and professionalism is first rate. Personally I don't like the street events, but some of our tracks are great, and Bathurst is the mecca - if going to Bathurst is only for bogans - count me in.
    Back to the camping - I have known a few people who camp at nearby towns, eg, Orange, but its a bit far if you are doing marshalling work. Yes, its a bit off that you haven't been allocated a spot when volunteers such as yourselves (and myself in a previous life) keep these events running.
    I may be wrong, but one would think that if you turned up as early as you are intending, that a spot will be available at the Council Sports Ground or wherever they allow camping over the big weekend - may be a minimal fee involved. A call to the Bathurst Council maybe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kim Luck View Post
    I don't even watch them anymore. Whilst Bathurst existed for real cars that you could buy over the counter (almost), I was a staunch supporter. I cannot for the life of me see the appeal of two different brands of cars (with the same engine) .
    i absolutely agree...but i would add, that with all the sponsorship decals slathered all over everything, you almost need to know the sponsors to know ford from holden, the sticker garbage cover all the lines & even the headlights.
    if someone wanted their car to stand out, to be really noticeable...put one sponsor in big letters down the sides. it will be the best looking car out there...and the sponsor will be totally noticed
    i understand that money is involved in the sponsorship...but if a car had 37 different brand names on it, who notices any of them?
    better to spend the money & actually get your brand recognised.
    just my opinion

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    I don't enjoy the V8's as much as the other catagories that run there but i can only afford one meeting a year and i do enjoy the people and atmosphere there altho next year we are going to adelade instead
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter J Kent View Post
    I don't enjoy the V8's as much as the other catagories that run there but i can only afford one meeting a year and i do enjoy the people and atmosphere there altho next year we are going to adelade instead
    Cheers Peter.
    By that I guess you mean the Clipsal event? Haven't been to that one yet. But I must say, I love the atmosphere of the circuit. I know I said above I didn't like street circuits, but Adelaide and Monaco are the exceptions. THE best event I have been to, bar none, was the Le Mans sports car 6 hour event on New Years Eve 1999. It ran on the full length GP track and was a 4 day event. Cost less than half a F1 GP ticket, we could afford to get good grandstand seats, and the whole thing was more casual, ie, you could wander through most of the paddock area without passes, and I just love those big sports cars. Standing in the trees on the inside of the hairpin at night, with the cars slowing from 300 km/hr, brakes glowing red hot, and then graunching around the hairpin - memorable stuff. You will enjoy the atmosphere. That year we stayed at the Kent Town Lodge Motel in Wakefield St, short walk to the track, parked the car for 3 days, easy. That motel is very "budget" but cheap breakfasts, and very convenient. I guess for the Clipsal it could already be booked up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fordman View Post
    Sorry, can't help, but amazing when I check it out that about 6000 campsites for the public were sold out soon after release in April/May. Is it possible that the event is in fact - popular!!!??? Sorry, I guess this is a forum which likes to knock anything to do with Aussie cars. Yes, V8 Supercars is an overly commercialised sport, but it is one of if not THE fastest form of sedan racing in the world, and the technology and professionalism is first rate. Personally I don't like the street events, but some of our tracks are great, and Bathurst is the mecca - if going to Bathurst is only for bogans - count me in.
    Back to the camping - I have known a few people who camp at nearby towns, eg, Orange, but its a bit far if you are doing marshalling work. Yes, its a bit off that you haven't been allocated a spot when volunteers such as yourselves (and myself in a previous life) keep these events running.
    I may be wrong, but one would think that if you turned up as early as you are intending, that a spot will be available at the Council Sports Ground or wherever they allow camping over the big weekend - may be a minimal fee involved. A call to the Bathurst Council maybe?

    Good Luck.
    All I know is I can see a lot more through the lens of some thirty plus cameras at home that you ever could at the track. The annual trip to Jugiong had more going for it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kim Luck View Post
    All I know is I can see a lot more through the lens of some thirty plus cameras at home that you ever could at the track. The annual trip to Jugiong had more going for it!
    Kim, of course the tv can show more of the actual race than you can see at the track, of the race itself. What annoys me, having been to several F1 GP's for example, is that while they have Jackie Stewart on TV raving on about the new seat belts or whatever, in the background you just know that a fantastic historic car display is on parade around the track - Ford GT40's, F5000, classic sports cars, etc. Or a great Formula Ford race. Or any number of classic events which they choose not to show on TV - I don't know why - maybe there's no money in it. But one can't get to all the events, so of course TV is the main medium. I think I fit in the category of a motor racing enthusiast, which means I can watch most of the various categories without bad-mouthing the others - and although I do draw the line at Drag racing, I can appreciate that other people find it absolutely enthralling.

    Being of open mind, I googled Jugiong because it rang a bell to me, and I realised I have passed through there several times. I guess you are referring to the motor racing connection of the speeding motorists on the Hume - very droll, Kim. But little things like the history of that town interest me to the extent that it will be a point of call on my next trip, I already have Gundagai listed as a destination.

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    Kim i spent 44 years watching every minute of bathurst on TV before i actualy got to see it live there is no comparison to seeing motorsport live whatever the categories.
    cheers Peter.

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    18 hours till we set off and still no camp site

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    12 oclock now have one campsite instead of 2 better than nothing i supose

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter J Kent View Post
    12 oclock now have one campsite instead of 2 better than nothing i supose
    Good news - hope you have a great week - and may the weather be favourable!

    Bugger, you've got me thinking about Adelaide next year now - and as I am retiring soon, I might just do it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter J Kent View Post
    Kim i spent 44 years watching every minute of bathurst on TV before i actualy got to see it live there is no comparison to seeing motorsport live whatever the categories.
    cheers Peter.
    I agree with everything you say, with the notable exception of V8 Supercars. They are big, noisy and outdated, just like Dinosaurs......
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