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    The South African War Memorial

    by globetrott Written Oct 31, 2014

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    The South African War Memorial

    This is the South African War Memorial that dates back to the year 1909 and it was built in order to honour the Bathurst men who served in the 1899 South African War. In the 1960s several names of soldiers were added to the Memorial, including that of Lieut Peter Handcock, who had been executed by order of a British Court.

    Directions: You will find this monument on George Street, Kings Parade.

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    The George Evan's Memorial

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    The George Evan's Memorial

    This is the George Evan's Memorial, a monument dedicated to Surveyor George Evans who once had discovered Bathurst in 1813. The foundation stone to this monument was laid in 1913, when Bathurst celebrated its first centenary.

    Address: George Street, Kings Parade

    Directions: You will find this monument on George Street, Kings Parade.

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    Sunswift II

    by globetrott Written Oct 31, 2014

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    Sunswift II

    It was really great for me to see such a great solar-power-car as well in that museum of racing-cars! It was designed and built by volunteer students from the UNSW Solar Racing Team in 1997. The car was built of carbon fibre and has excellent aerodynamics and it competed in various races of the World Solar Challenge from Darwin to Adelaide between 1999 and 2003. The best results was in 2002 when they received the SunRace Enterprise Award for technical Innovation.
    Of course such races make sense only in the special climate of Australia.
    Another thing that I found quite interesting was the fact that the solar-cells of the car are able to collect just 1,2kW, that is the electric power that we normally use in order to toast a piece of bread, BUT in this car that same power was enough to give that car a topspeed of 130km/h.

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    The 1965 Wosley Rally Car

    by globetrott Written Oct 31, 2014

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    The 1965 Wosley Rally Car

    This is the 1965 Wosley Rally Car that took part in the 1997 Rally "Peking to Paris" that was made in order to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Peking to Paris race of 1907.
    In 1907 five cars started for the race and four of them made it to Paris. In 1997 this car was driven by Andrew Snelling and it finished the race on position 16 out of 96 startes and 87 cars that finished the race.

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    The 1967 Lola T70 Mk3b

    by globetrott Updated Oct 31, 2014

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    The 1967 Lola T70 Mk3b

    This 1967 Lola T70 Mk3b was one of the most successful sports & racingcars worldwide in the late sixties ! It was built in Eric Broadley's Lola factory in England, mostly with a Chevrolet 5-litre engine. These cars were racing in all of the longdistance classic races like Daytona, Le Mans, Bathurst & Sebring.
    This car in the museum was driven by Mark Donohue and Chuck Parsons.
    Take an extra look at the hight of that car, when you see my extra photos here as well and see in the last 2 pictures, that the Lola is in fact not much higher than just the front-tyre of the car that is standing next to it
    (b.t.w. that other car is a 1987 Ford Falcon XF Ute / Baja 1000 )!

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    To drive the race Track is an adventure !

    by globetrott Written Oct 31, 2014

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    Everybody will be able to drive exactely the same streets that are used for the famous Bathurst 1000 race and it will be a scenic ride on a combination of public roads and some areas that are used for the racing-circuit only ! You will soon find out how hard it would be to do this circuit in a fast time like the racing-champhions do it with around 2 minutes and 6 seconds and even less than that !
    Of course your speed-limit will be 60km/h and there will be radar-controls as well, but also with 60km/h it will be quite hard to drive some of these sharp bends.

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    The Mount Panorama Circuit has a total length of 6213 meters and the deepest and the highest point of the racing-circuit have a difference of 174 meters !
    The fastest round in an official race so far was made in April 20th, 2014 by Simon Hodge in Mygale M11-Mercedes Benz, a racing car of Formular Three with 2:02.6701
    The only one that was faster so far was Jenson Button in a Mc Laren Formular1-car in March 2011 as a part of a publicity exercise for the 2011 Australian Grand Prix and his fastest lap was recorded at 1:48.88 , BUT as it was not in a race it is not counted as a Bathurst-record !

    Website: http://www.mount-panorama.com.au/

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    The National Motor Racing Museum in Bathurst

    by globetrott Written Oct 31, 2014

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    The National Motor Racing Museum was in fact the main reason for me to drive to Bathurst and I can highly recommend it to visit for anybody who loves racingcars and vintage-cars of the 1950s - 1990s.
    There are various speedway, solar, drag, Rallying, open wheeler, sports car as well as touring cars on display and lots of motorbikes with and without sidecar. And there is a great souvenir-shop as well and a cafe.
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    The National Motor Racing Museum in Bathurst
    is open daily from 9.00am until 4.30pm
    Closed 25 December (Christmas Day) and some other selected holidays
    adults payed in 2014: 12,50 AUS $ & children 5,50 AUS $

    Address: Murray's Corner 400 Panorama Avenue, Bathurst NSW

    Directions: Bathurst is in a distance of 200km from Sydney.

    Website: https://nmrm.com.au/

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    The Peter Brock memorial

    by globetrott Updated Oct 31, 2014

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    The Peter Brock memorial

    Peter Brock was a famous carracing champion and he was also called "The King of the mountain" because he was able to win the Bathurst 1000 nine times out of 30 starts.
    On the monument you will see Peter Brock's 1984 Holden VK Commodore, that was the winning car of the race in 1984 that gave him the 7th victory in the Bathurst 1000. And on top of the car you will see the champion himself, holding the James Hardie trophy.
    Peter Brock died on September 8th, 2006 in a caraccident while making another race.

    Directions: You will find this monument next to the entrance of the National Motor Racing Museum in Bathurst.

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    ROYAL HOTEL

    by globetrott Written Oct 31, 2014

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    ROYAL HOTEL”

    The Royal Hotel is one of my favorite buildings in Bathurst, it reminds me of many buildings that I remember from old movies with these typical cast iron balustrades and balconies facing the streets. The Royal Hotel was opened in 1840 and served as a hotel for more than a century, but nowadays it is no real hotel anymore, but at least a part of it is rented as appartments for travellers under the name "The Royal Apartments - overnight & long term (tel. 6332 4920). And on the ground floor you will find a cafe and upstairs there is a Restaurant called "Crepes Royale".

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    Ford Cortina GT of 1963

    by globetrott Updated Oct 31, 2014

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    Ford Cortina GT of 1963

    My father had an ordinary Ford Cortina as our familycar for many years and when I was a child it made my always proud to see how successfully the Ford Cortina GT versions were able to wind most of the races of that time. Of course they had a stronger engine, BUT the car itself looked quite the same as ours.
    And this is what you can read about this Cortina GT in the museum: The Cortina GT driven by Bob Jane and Harry Firth to 1st, outright and class "C", in the 1963 Armstrong 500 at Mount Panorama. Jane and Firth blitzed the field to finish a full lap ahead of the Frank Morgan and Rakph Sach Holden EH S4.
    There is a stronger Ford Consul as well and many others, but my favorite will always be the Cortina !

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    "The Yellow Submarine"

    by globetrott Written Oct 31, 2014

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    "The Yellow Submarine"

    This is "the Yellow Submarine" , a Mildren Tasman Waggott TC-4V 2000cc with 260 B.H.P., driven by Kevin Bartlett to win the Gold Star Championship in 1969. The car was built by the Alan Mann workshops in Byfleet England in 1968, commissioned by Alec Mildren in conjunction with Frank Gardner. All of these cars had of course been restored after the races, that is why they are shining like new.
    In my extra Pictures: various other exhibits from this great Museum.

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    The "Red Car" - a George Reed Special

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    The "Red Car" - a George Reed Special

    This racingcar is called "The George Reed Special" named after a local Bathurstian who built racingcars in the 1940's and 1959's and he also drove them successfully in many races. This car is a replica of his third car, the "Red Car" , powered by a Ford V8 239 cubic inch side-valve engine with Offenhauser heads.
    The most famous win of this car was the 1951 Australia Grand Prix in Narrogin, Western Australia, when it was driven by another local Bathurstian, Warwick Pratley

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    Midget-Cars galore

    by globetrott Written Oct 30, 2014

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    Midget-Car is a special class of racingcars that is also called Speedcar in Australia. These cars are very small and also with a weight of just around 500kg and they normally will drive circuits, that are nowadays mostly dirttack-circuits.
    The first such races took place in the Loyola High School Stadium in Los Angeles on August 10 in 1933. In 1934 they also started such races in Australia.
    Lots of famous drivers from the IndyCar- or NASCAR-races started their career in Midget Cars.

    Directions: You will find These cars in the National Motor Museum of Bathurst

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    you need to take a little drive

    by wise23girl Updated Sep 6, 2014

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    Near Bathurst N S W Australia.
    You really must visit the Beekeepers Inn....the historic Cobb and Co Inn est 1859 just outside of Bathurst. We were introduced to this fascinating place by our friend....a true local.

    Honey in amazing quantity and so full of flavour....and different...and some very nice peanut paste taken home by our friend. And would you believe we were able to watch some bees in action in a 'see through' hive......I guess this was changed around on a regular basis as the bees would have to be able to fly in and out on a regular basis.
    There was a small museum on the premises...the boys looked but I went in to see the honey and the bees.

    Address: 2319 Mitchell Highway, Vittoria, NSW.

    Phone: +61 2 63687382

    Website: http://www.goldfieldshoney.com

    the museum enter here the view
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    a night on the town

    by wise23girl Updated Sep 4, 2014

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    We began with a quick drink at the Cobblestones Pub...just downstairs from our apartment....then it was to Jack Duggans Irish pub for a Guinness and a lambshank.... the football or Rugby or some such thing was on all the screens at Jack Duggans so the artist was waiting in the wings to sing......I would rather have listened to some Irish music than watch the screen. We actually walked past Annies home made icecream in our meanderings and I think we missed a treat....but now it was night and I think she had gone to bed.

    Then it was off to the RSL Club (Returned Serviceman's League) where we had to show ID (identity) in case we won on the poker machines. There was some music,,,,poker (slot) machines and KENO (a gambling thing with numbers)...we were told coffee in the RSL not the best so we did not sample that.

    I have to confess it was after midnight before we found our way back to William Street and our cosy bed,

    Address: Bathurst CBD

    Directions: all within walking distance of The Royal and our apartment.

    our own muso coffee to celebrate she was in bed on our night out rounds
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