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Bathurst 2011, another accidental trip to the V8's


This time I got arsy, I won tickets to Bathurst from Matt at Orccon Steel. Included with the tickets was access to a pit tour at Ford Performance Racing as they sponsor the #5 car of Mark Winterbottom. They also gave tickets to the gala dinner and a grid-walk. What wasn't included was transport and accomodation and as you may be aware, bookings around Bathurst race time are taken a year in advance. Luckily a mate and his crew 'do' Bathurst every year and I got to borrow a corner of their campsite on top of the mountain. Cheers to Ards, Leroy, Betty, Tazo, Daniel and Earl (or whatever their real names may be) from Camp Cuntox.



V8 Supercar shots from Bathurst 2011 : McPhillamy Park Campground Car Pass.

McPhillamy Park Campground Car Pass.
Only a t-shirt from Camp Cuntox or a sticker like this really says you were on top of the mountain during the big race. I got both because I could.








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V8 Supercar shots from Bathurst 2011 : Orrcon Steel ute in

Orrcon Steel ute in "Blue Steel" livery.
Orrcon steel's Ute in the same livery as the Number 5 race car of Mark Wintebottom.








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V8 Supercar shots from Bathurst 2011 : Campfire shot at Bathurst

Campfire shot at Bathurst.








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V8 Supercar shots from Bathurst 2011 : Camp Cuntox

Camp Cuntox
The campsite, all laid out ready for a big weekend.








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V8 Supercar shots from Bathurst 2011 : The Bear Bar

The Bear Bar.
The campsite two up from us, they went a little further in the all-out stakes.








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V8 Supercar shots from Bathurst 2011 : Extreme Camper-trailer

Extreme Camper-trailer.
This was the other local campsite that was a bit over the top. Handy, but imagine how complicated setup and tear-down must be.








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V8 Supercar shots from Bathurst 2011 : Camps

Camps
Most campsites were just a dry (hopefully) place to rest up between races.








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V8 Supercar shots from Bathurst 2011 : Jason Bargwana's Jana Living car

Jason Bargwana's Jana Living car.








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V8 Supercar shots from Bathurst 2011 : TV Camera station at McPhillamy park

TV Camera station at McPhillamy park.
Getting his kit all ready for a cold and occasionally wet weekend.








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V8 Supercar shots from Bathurst 2011 : Serious bush cooker

Serious bush cooker.
That's one way to keep the smoke out of you eyes. Judging by the woodpile there was little chance the kettle was going to get cold.








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V8 Supercar shots from Bathurst 2011 : Mark Winterbottom and Steve Richards' car

Mark Winterbottom and Steve Richards' car.








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V8 Supercar shots from Bathurst 2011 : Will Davison and Luke Youldens car

Will Davison and Luke Youldens car.








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V8 Supercar shots from Bathurst 2011 : GARTH TANDER AND NICK PERCAT, BATHURST WINNERS 2011

GARTH TANDER AND NICK PERCAT, BATHURST WINNERS 2011.








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V8 Supercar shots from Bathurst 2011 : Cameras at-ease all over the mountain

A break in the action, Cameras at-ease all over the mountain.








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V8 Supercar shots from Bathurst 2011 : Looking down over skyline

Looking down over skyline where it all drops away.








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V8 Supercar shots from Bathurst 2011 : Murrays corner

Looking right down the mountain at Murrays corner.








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V8 Supercar shots from Bathurst 2011 : Lens envy

Lens envy.
Although I didn't take my real kit with me, some of these came off the phone, most with the 'second' body and the cheaper lenses.








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V8 Supercar shots from Bathurst 2011 : Esky and Flag combo

Esky and Flag combo.
I've got more stickers, but I haven't put mine on wheels (yet)..








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V8 Supercar shots from Bathurst 2011 : FPR V8 Racecars








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V8 Supercar shots from Bathurst 2011 : Matt Hall Pilot

Matt Hall, absolutely crazy man with an aeroplane.








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V8 Supercar shots from Bathurst 2011 : sausage-onna-stick

Tazo, not looking excited about sausage-onna-stick.








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V8 Supercar shots from Bathurst 2011 : The Roulettes

The Roulettes.
You can tell a class event by whether or not the Roulettes are invited. It is not often the backdrop for a shot of them is the ground though.








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V8 Supercar shots from Bathurst 2011 : Skyline

Skyline
Skyline at Bathurst, just watching the in-car makes your stomach drop, imagine getting to do it 161 times in a day.








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V8 Supercar shots from Bathurst 2011 : Gary's fingers

Gary's fingers..








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V8 Supercar shots from Bathurst 2011 : Umbrella over campfire

Emergency fire maintenance when we got 25mm or so dropped on us from above.








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V8 Supercar shots from Bathurst 2011 : Morning cloud at Bathurst 2011

Morning cloud at Bathurst 2011
The gap between the sky and the earth, that thin layer we all live in.








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V8 Supercar shots from Bathurst 2011 : Ford One Two

Not "the" Ford one-two..








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V8 Supercar shots from Bathurst 2011 : Glenn Seton's new XB

Glenn Seton's new XB








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V8 Supercar shots from Bathurst 2011 : The car that Rod built

The car that Rod built..
The guy that built this is a master craftsman, the guy that drives it is a legend. Very cool to see this come first on Sunday.








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V8 Supercar shots from Bathurst 2011 : Jim Richards

Jim Richards.
Another legend, but this *is* the Touring Car Masters after all.








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V8 Supercar shots from Bathurst 2011 : Doug Westwood

Doug Westwood








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V8 Supercar shots from Bathurst 2011 : Mick Wilson

Mick Wilson








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V8 Supercar shots from Bathurst 2011 : Peter Brock Commodore

Peter Brock Commodore








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V8 Supercar shots from Bathurst 2011 : Lee Kernaghan

Lee Kernaghan
Lee Kernaghan giving us "Boys from the Bush" while I wait behind Demo and his tyre pile to get out onto the grid and photograph Frosty's car.








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V8 Supercar shots from Bathurst 2011 : FPR V8 Supercars

Frosty's car in the foreground, Paul Dumbrell's in the background.








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V8 Supercar shots from Bathurst 2011 : Jamie Whincup 88 Vodaphone V8 Supercar

Whincup's (doomed) car
Battery and Alternator issues pulled him out of the race early.








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V8 Supercar shots from Bathurst 2011 : Mark Winterbottom on the Grid at Bathurst 2011

Frosty having a good time before the race starts.








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V8 Supercar shots from Bathurst 2011 : Steve Richards

Richo (and Sophie)
Richo minding the car. Richo did the first stint.








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V8 Supercar shots from Bathurst 2011 : Race Helmets

Helmet shot.








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V8 Supercar shots from Bathurst 2011 : Winterbottom family

Family shot;, Frosty, Renee, and Oliver.
Olivers first Bathurst. Took him less than a year to get onto the grid, took me many more than that.








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V8 Supercar shots from Bathurst 2011 : Dean Canto

Dean Canto getting ready to do first stint in Paul Dumbrell's car.
Sarah doing double duty as a grid girl for Dean Canto.








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V8 Supercar shots from Bathurst 2011 : EH Ute Esky Trolley

EH Ute Esky Trolley








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V8 Supercar shots from Bathurst 2011 : TV Helicopter

Every year, same helicopter, same shot.








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V8 Supercar shots from Bathurst 2011 : McPhillamy Park Campsite

The campsite in sunlight.. rare but possible.








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V8 Supercar shots from Bathurst 2011 : V8 Supercars safety car

Safety car and Amber Anderson.








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V8 Supercar shots from Bathurst 2011 : Bathurst from the mountain

Driving off the mountain Monday morning.








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V8 Supercar shots from Bathurst 2011 : Pejar Dam

Driving home, Pejar dam
No wonder there's a water shortage, there's a hole in the Dam and Lake George near Canberra ought to be re-named George's Flats, it's been dry so long there's fences and old sheds in it.








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V8 Supercar shots from Bathurst 2011 : Magpie eating worms

Magpie, also stopping for a bite to eat.








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V8 Supercar shots from Bathurst 2011 : Magpie squawking

Magpie having a good old yell before dive-bombing me.








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V8 Supercar shots from Bathurst 2011 : OZIPIX UTE

Obligatory Ute shot in case you forgot what it looks like..








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