Lesson

The Bathurst Races


So, today I wanted to talk about racing in Australia, because it’s related to muscle cars and I thought, okay, muscle cars and racing in Australia, Bathurst, the Bathurst races that occur every year are always with muscle cars, with Holdens and Fords. Alright.

So, let’s talk about some motor racing history in Australia, specifically, I want to tackle the races that occur in Bathurst at Mount Panorama. Okay.

So, the Mount Panorama Circuit is a motor racing track located in Bathurst in New South Wales and Australia. This is the South East Coast, Central Coast of Australia. It’s situated on a hill with dual official names of ‘Mount Panorama’ and ‘Wahluu’. And it’s world-renowned for being the home of two annual races in Australia. Number one the Bathurst 1000 motor race, which is held every October each year, and number two, the Bathurst 12-hour event, which is held every February.

The track is approximately 6.2 kilometres long, which is exactly 4 miles long, and is technically considered a street circuit as it is on a public road, which has normal speed restrictions when no racing events are being held, and, as a result, there are numerous residences that live around this track where they can actually only get access on the circuit. So, that must be a real pain in the arse when these events are held, because they wouldn’t otherwise be able to get to their houses. So, they must have to stock up on food and stuff during those days.

So, from the start-finish line, the track can be divided up into three main sections. Number one: the short pit straight and then a tight left turn into a long steep mountain straight as the road climbs up the hill. Number two: the tight narrow section across the top of the mountain itself. And then, number three: the long downhill section of Conrod Straight with the very fast Chase and the turn back on to pit straight to complete the lap.

Throughout its history, the race track has been used for a large variety of different racing categories including everything from motorbikes to open-wheel racers. However, due to the fact that the race track is considered somewhat unusual in its layout and because of tighter modern safety standards for racing, it’s unlikely that major race meetings in those categories will be held on the track again in the future. As a result, the race track has become the near-exclusive territory of close-bodied cars, specifically, Holdens and Fords, the V8s.

If you a bit of a rev head yourself or you’re just interested in checking out Mount Panorama and Bathurst itself, the Mount Panorama Circuit is open to the public as a public road on non-race days when it isn’t closed off due to an event. And if obviously, you want to check it out too, because you’re a rev head and love races, then obviously, go and check out the Bathurst 1000 in October or the Bathurst 12-hour event in February. So, I guess the next one coming is in October.

On your average day, cars can drive in both directions around this circuit for free. However, you will have to adhere to a snail-pace speed limit of 60 kilometres an hour unless you want to risk receiving a speeding fine from the local cops, the local police.

Anyway, guys, I hope you enjoy this episode. I hope you guys like cars as well. I’m sort of a rev head, I guess, kind of, I kind of like cars. I’m not obsessed, though. Though, I do love cars. I do love a good V8.


Vocabulary:

ST – Something

SO – Someone

SW – Somewhere

A chase – the nick name of a section of Mount Panorama Circuit with 3 turns in it.
A close-bodied car – a car where the wheels are within the frame or body of the car.
A cop – a policeman.
A good ST – used by Australians to emphasise that ST is good or liked by SO.
A hill – a small mountain.
A lap – one circuit of a track during a race.
A layout – the way in which the parts of something are arranged or laid out.
A pain in the arse – an annoying or difficult thing or person.
A pit straight – the final straight before the finish line.
A public road – a street that members of the public can use.
A real ST – used to emphasise ST, e.g. he’s a real idiot.
A residence – a place SO lives.
A restriction – a limiting condition or measure, especially a legal one.
A speeding fine – a monetary penalty given out to people who drive faster than the speed limit.
A street circuit – a racing circuit composed of temporarily closed-off public roads of a city, town or village, used in motor races.
A tight left turn – a turn to the left that is sharp and abrupt.
Adhere to ST – closely follow, observe, or represent.
An open-wheel racer – racing cars where the wheels are exposed and separate from the body of the car.
Annual – occurring once each year.
Approximately – roughly; not exactly.
As a result – as a consequence.
Climbs up – ascends.
Closed off – made private and not available to the public.
Divide ST up into ST – separate ST into multiple parts.
Dual official names – having two official names.
Due to the fact that – considering; as a result of.
Exactly – precisely.
Held (on a date) – (of an event to) occur (on a date).
Located SW – positioned or situated SW.
Motor racing – the sport of racing motor vehicles, especially cars.
Narrow – of small width in relation to length.
Near-exclusive – almost completely excluding.
Non-race days – days when there isn’t a race being held.
Numerous – many.
Obsessed – addicted to; fixated on.
Open to the public – not closed off privately where the public aren’t allowed.
Otherwise – in other respects; apart from that.
Racing – any sport that involves competing in races.
Risk ST – expose (someone or something valued) to danger, harm, or loss.
Safety standards – rules for ST to be considered safe.
Situated – located or positioned SW.
Snail-pace – at the speed that a snail moves at.
Steep – with a sharp incline.
Stock up on ST – buy many items of a specific resource to save and use at a later time.
Tackle ST – attempt to resolve a problem.
Technically – according to the facts or exact meaning of something; strictly.
The start-finish line – the place where a race on a circuit begins and ends.
Tighter – more fixed, fastened, or closed firmly; harder to move, undo, or open.
Unlikely – not sure to happen.
Unusual – not usual; uncommon.
World-renowned – known all over the world.