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Lowndes and Skaife drove the car to second place at that
year’s Sandown 500 and to sixth at Bathurst.
Triple Eight Race Engineering, one of the most professional
teams in the history of Australian motor racing, has loaned
the 2006 Lowndes and Jamie Whincup Bathurst-winning Ford
Falcon, which sits alongside the beautifully designed Lowndes
‘green-eyed monster’ of 2001.
Other common forms of racing machines can also be seen
within the galleries: solar racing cars from central Australia,
Paris to Peking Rally entrants, a Baja California desert race
winner, car and bike dragsters, speedway, sidecar, sports sedans,
V8 Utes and even gravity racers.
The varying technologies of motor racing are also exhibited,
with old and new engines, transmission, rescue, signalling, and
medical equipment able to be viewed within the museum.
To further enhance the visitor experience, temporary exhibi-
tions are also regularly displayed. These allow added racing and
motoring stories to be told.
The museum has a 40-seat theatrette that plays an introduc-
tory video of the history of racing at Mount Panorama from
1938 till the present. It sets the scene for the cars and bikes
on display inside. It also introduces the Old Vale circuit, which
preceded the Mount Panorama racing up till 1937.
While in Bathurst it’s worth taking the extra time to retrace
the route of Australia’s first motorcycle grand prix, which
was held on a rough mountainous circuit in the hills behind
Yetholme, east of Bathurst. The 100-year anniversary of this
event is being celebrated in November 2014.
Established in 1988 as the Mount Panorama Hall of Fame,
the museum existed in temporary housing behind the pit area.
In 1993, after backing from the ARDC, Castrol, Channel 7 and
the Bathurst Light Car Club, the museum moved into purpose-
built facilities at Murray’s and received great support from
many individuals and local groups. It remained a community-
based museum until 1997, when Bathurst City Council took
over the primary support and running of the organisation.
This is when its name and focus became national. Since then
three extensions have seen the creation of separate large galler-
ies, a large shop and foyer area and back of house storage and
work areas – supported by both state and federal governments.
While Mount Panorama will always be the main focus of the
museum, because it is the National Motor Racing Museum,
its mission is the presentation of the history of motorsport in
Australia – in all its forms and on all of the tracks.
A visit is definitely an educational as well as an entertaining
experience. The museum is also indebted to the many private
lenders and donors who have supported the museum over the
years. Their objects as well as those in the permanent collection
provide a wealth of history.
The well-stocked shop contains a wide range of merchan-
dise that will be of interest to any motor racing fan: books, V8
Supercars merchandise, DVDs, model cars and clothing, as well
as toys, gifts and general souvenirs for those not so car-crazy.
The museum heartily welcomes motoring clubs, school groups
or families of all sizes. It has disabled facilities inside and ample
coach parking, BBQs and playground outside.
Functions and conferences are regularly held within the
museums galleries, utilising the catering kitchen and conference
room. It has hosted workplace-training days, formal dinners,
corporate cocktail parties, even international football teams, so
don’t hesitate to call for further info.
Bathurst is only two and half to three hours from Sydney and
is a comfortable day trip from Canberra. Unlike most racing
circuits in Australia, Mount Panorama is a public road for all of
the year, except race time, so you have the opportunity to drive
it yourself and then visit what is fast becoming one of the best
museums in Australia.
below: The winning Allan Moffat/Jacky Ickx and Colin Bond/Alan Hamilton XC
Falcons together again below Mount Panorama. The Moffat car resides in the
National motor racing museum, while the #2 car is part of the David bowden
above: some of the 50 rare and unique racing bikes on display in the museum.
matchless, moriwaki, Jawa, Ducati, triumph, aJs, Welsh, suzuki and maico are
just some of the makes on show.
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