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Mount Panorama Timeline


  • Early 1930s: Scenic tourist drive proposed for the Bald Hills to be funded by State Government creating employment for local workers in the post-depression era. 
  • 1934: Bathurst City Council conducted a competition to rename the hills. After much debate the name Mount Panorama that had been proposed by Miss Kathleen Green was adopted.
  • 17 March 1938: Official opening as a scenic drive.
  • 16 April 1938: 1st Australian Grand Prix motor cycle meeting.
  • 18 April 1938: 1st Australian Grand Prix car meeting. 
  • Late 1938: Circuit was sealed. 
  • 23 March 1940: NSW Tourist Trophy motor cycle race.
  • 25 March 1940: 150 mile road race was the last meeting until end of World War 11 as motor sport was discontinued due to shortage of petrol & tyres.
  • 1 January 1946: 1st event held since war ended was a hill climb.
  • 20 April 1946: 1st post war motor cycle event-Tourist Trophy race.
  • 7 October 1946: Grand Prix for cars held over 100 miles (25 laps)
  • 1950s: Mount Panorama Racing Committee formed. Built control tower on Pit Straight and placed safety fences along the circuit. Bathurst Light Car Club also played an important part in building facilities at the mount, including four brick beer kiosks and the spectator mound from the control tower to Hell Corner.
  • 1953: alternative route to the top of the mount was constructed during this year owing to increasing spectator numbers. 
  • 30 September 1962: Bathurst Six Hour Classic-first car race of its type held in Australia
  • 6 October 1963: 1st endurance race, Armstrong 500, conducted at Mount Panorama after being transferred from Phillip Island. 
  • 30 September 1973: Race became Bathurst 1000 over 163 laps when metric system was introduced.
  • 1987: number of laps reduced to 161 after the chase was added. 
  • 31 March 1991: 1st Bathurst 12 Hour race was run. Moved to Sydney in 1995.
  • 1997 & 98: Two Bathurst 1000 races were held due to spilt between ARDC and V8 supercars. Touring cars raced on the traditional October long weekend with V8s racing 2 weeks later.
  • 14 November 1999: FAI 1000 (V8 supercar event) held.
  • 7 October 2001: Bathurst 1000 moved to the 1st weekend after the October long weekend and still takes place at this time. Dates vary according to when the long weekend falls. 
  • November 2002: 1st 24 Hour race held. 2nd event held in 2003.
  • Dec 2003 - October 2005: major upgrades to pit facilities & spectator access were carried out at a cost of $24million, funded by State & Federal Govt and Bathurst Regional Council. 
  • 8 April 2007: Bathurst 12 Hour returned to Mount Panorama.
  • 2013: Introduction of Car of the Future regulations saw an end to the traditional rivalry between Ford and Holden.