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Offline flamestone

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Finally I've done it!

I'm not a huge fan of V8 supertaxis, but when I got the call, luckily I was able to clear the calendar and jump at the chance to punt a V8 Commodore around the mountain.

A big thanks goes to John Bowe and the crew from V8RACE for the opportunity.

TTz was also there, and we were both feeling a bit let down based on the fact that the cars we each had in the carpark (both in BMW M cars on the day) were actually quicker...  but getting around the circuit at full race pace in almost anything would be worth it.

The passenger ride with JB was an eye-opener too.  I'm happy with my amateur status, but having his sublime car control would be awesome!

Full album:  http://www.flamestone.com/gallery/automotive/events-road-trips/v8race-john-bowe-experience-at-mount-panarama-bathurst


JB's tool:

Image: Mount Panarama - finally been there done that


JB's next victim, er, I mean passenger:

Image: Mount Panarama - finally been there done that

Image: Mount Panarama - finally been there done that


Passenger rides are done 4-up in a specially designed Falcon:

Image: Mount Panarama - finally been there done that


Late in the day, he didn't get any softer:

Image: Mount Panarama - finally been there done that


The passenger rides were so popular that they invited Steven Johnson to also look after some of the victims on the day:

Image: Mount Panarama - finally been there done that


Drives are done in any one of the sponsored family sedans like these:

Image: Mount Panarama - finally been there done that

Image: Mount Panarama - finally been there done that



Offline Ferrari Fissatore

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Was it a well run day?

I saw all the cars arrive and get unloaded, they looked a bit ratty but I guess they work hard.

How many laps for how much $$

Anyone get to drive them, or only passenger laps?



Offline anotherforumuser

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Was it a well run day?

I saw all the cars arrive and get unloaded, they looked a bit ratty but I guess they work hard.

How many laps for how much $$

Anyone get to drive them, or only passenger laps?

looking at the doors on the yellow car, rides start from $99..
but maybe not at Bathurst.



Offline flamestone

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Definitely a well run day.  Very slick, with more than enough staff in place to make sure everyone is ushered from step to step (sign-up, suit and helmet fitting, etc).

It's easiest just to check out their website (v8race.com) since they list everything there.

And yes, Bathurst is a premium event and definitely nothing available for $99!  During the driver briefing the guy even took the unusual step of not only thanking the customers for coming, but apologising to them for the cost and assuring them that he was only passing on the premium charged by Bathurst Council for the track hire.



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