If you know, even a little bit about racing and motorsports the world over, then the name Bathurst conjures up images of perhaps one of the greatest race tracks in the world.
This weekend the annual 12 hour endurance event will take place around the Mount Panorama circuit. There is so much legend and history there. The 12 hour ran in the 90’s (1991-1994) took a break and then began again in earnest in 2007. I linked their website if you want to see stats and winners names, etc. This is just a short intro into these events and why you should see them, if just one time in your life.
As an ex-racer, it is impossible to not be jealous of the competitor’s there this weekend, or at any event; anywhere or anytime in the world! That being said; Bathurst and Mt. Panorama sit at the top of a very exclusive list, at least for me, of the world’s current premier race circuits.
In fairness there have been a lot of great racing circuits. Sadly, some are no longer with us. The focus here then should be about the current places you should add to your racing bucket list because they are just too awesome to miss.
I provide this in order of importance as I see it. You are certainly entitled to your own opinion, but see them just the same.
Next: LeMans. How can you not have this race and it’s rich heritage on your list? For sheer magnitude and legacy this had to be included.
Truth be told, number one and two were easy! The next races and facilities, well, not so much.
Number Three. Nurburgring. This iconic race track, the Nordshleife or “green hell” defines the very essence of road racing. Much like the Mille Miglie or Carrera PanAmericana it’s not just a quick 3 mile lap. At almost 21km or 13mi, for us non-metric folks, it is a challenge to race through the Eifel forrest each and ever circuit.
Number Four: Spa. Purist might say “Spa Francochamps”, but for most everyone, it’s just Spa. They ran their first 24 hour race there in 1924. In the Ardennes of Belgium it is one of the premier race circuits of the world.
Number One(again lol): Bathurst (Mt. Panorama) I can think of quite a few reasons to go “down under” this one is still the top of my list. All you have to do is watch the 12hr or some V8 Supercar and you will understand why there is just not another race track like it anywhere. Use caution, the youtube racing videos are addicting!
This list can go on and on. I think for the sake of brevity, I’ll split it up a little. But you can be sure on the list will be places like: Daytona, Watkins Glen, Monaco, Sebring, Silverstone, Laguna Seca, and more. So, stay-tuned, and happy racing!