September 15, 2016 | General


MORE THAN 50 of the most spectacular muscle cars from Australia and New Zealand will be one of the highlights of the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 event this October 6-9 at Mount Panorama.

A collaboration between Touring Car Masters New Zealand’s Central Muscle Cars series and with the full support of event promoters Supercars the Wilson Trans-Tasman Challenge will see the Bathurst grid filled with 600-plus horsepower muscle cars from both sides of the Tasman.

Cars from Australia’s Touring Car Masters (TCM) series will be joined by more than 25 entries from New Zealand’s Central Muscle Cars (CMC) Series to offer fans a spectacular show of classic racing machinery from the early 1960s to late 1970s / early 1980s.

The Wilson Group will be the major sponsor for the event supported by long-term TCM sponsors Shannons Insurance Rare Spares Total Lubricants Hoosier Tyres and Waeco Fridges.

It is set to be one of the largest grids of purely V8 (and selected six-cylinder) muscle cars assembled on the Mountain in years.

The bumper field will contest three races across the October 6-9 weekend including a preliminary race on Friday and a Trophy Race on Saturday prior to the Supercars Top-10 shootout.

Sunday morning will feature the main event – the Wilson Trans-Tasman Challenge where the 25-plus cars from each series will line up side by side for a stunning rolling start on the mountain.

The New Zealand contingent will be made up of 25 Central Muscle Cars representing both of their classes.

Touring Car Masters competitors are already looking forward to their moment in the spotlight at Australia’s most famous circuit. 

“The cars will be the stars and we will have a collection of race cars never assembled together before in this number†Touring Car Masters category manager Tony Hunter said.

“The Sunday Wilson Trans-Tasman challenge race could be one of the best sights ever seen on the Mountain with Touring Car Masters cars on one side of the grid and Central Muscle cars lined up on the other for an incredible rolling start.. there will be thunder in the hills!

“For many drivers racing at or in the Bathurst 1000 is a dream so for a lot of people this will be a pinnacle event of their racing careers.

“We are very thankful to the Wilson Group for supporting what is set to be one of the most incredible fields of Muscle Cars in Australian history.â€Â

Visiting Central Muscle Cars include the Group 1 Falcon XD driven by Dean Perkins the Group 2 champion in Steve Noyer (Shelby Mustang) and former Group 2 champion Dr. John Elliot’s Torana GT-R XU1.

Tony Galbraith will also bring his fire-breathing V8-powred Chrysler Charger to the Mountain to put on a show for Chrysler fans.  

More details including technical details relating to each class will be released ahead of the October 6-9 event.


Jim Richards AMC Javelin   Tristan Teki Chevrolet Camaro
John Bowe Holden Torana   Anthony Galbraith Chrysler Charger
Glenn Seton Ford Mustang   Dean Perkins  Ford Falcon
Tony Hunter  Chevrolet Monza   Steven Ross Holden Commodore
Andrew Fisher Ford Falcon   Andrew Turner  Holden Commodore
Tony Karanfilovski Ford Mustang   John Elliot Holden Torana
Keith Kassulke Holden Monaro   Greg Cuttance Ford Falcon
Adam Bressington Chevrolet Camaro   Sean Fowler  Holden torana
Mark King Chevrolet Camaro   Stephen Noyer  Ford Mustang
Leo Tobin Ford Mustang   Mark Holland  Chevrolet Camaro
Wayne Mercer Ford Falcon   Bruce Anderson Ford Mustang
Rusty French Ford Mustang   Cameron Crawford  Ford Falcon
John Roberts Chevrolet Camaro   Murray Graham Holden Torana
Grant Wilson Chevrolet Camaro   Michael Eden  Ford Falcon
Jason Gomersall Holden Torana   Calvin Andrew  Holden Commodore
Brett Youlden Holden Monaro   Stephen Scoles Chevrolet Camaro
Blu Cannon Ford Falcon   Grant Dalton  Chevrolet Camaro
Al ‘Cusso’ Boughen Mercury Comet   Anthony Barrow Holden Commodore
Greg Garwood Ford Capri   Colin Meadows  Chevrolet Camaro
Adam Garwood Holden Torana   John Midgley Ford Falcon
Eddie Abelnica Ford Falcon   David Hopper  Chevrolet Camaro
Cameron Tilley Valliant Pacer   Brendan Mason Chevrolet Camaro
TBC Chrysler Charger   Steven Hildred Holden Monaro
Nigel Benson   Holden Monaro   Gregory Holden   Ford Falcon
Paul Freestone Chevrolet Camaro   Duane Ingley  Dodge Challenger
Darren Beale Holden Monaro   Roderick Hayman Pontiac Firebird
Steven Johnson Ford Falcon      
Garry O’Brien Holden Monaro