Bathurst stars in 1963 Ford Cortina
Wed, 26 Sep 2012 8:38a.m.
It's just over a week until the 50th running of the Super Cheap Auto Bathurst 1000 and two drivers have taken the opportunity to have a real history lesson.
Lee Holdsworth and Craig Baird have got an early look at the circuit at the wheel of a car that was the star back in 1963.
Driving Mount Panorama at any time is special, but for IRWIN Racing's Holdsworth and Baird, doing in at the wheel of a full replica of the 1963 winning Ford Cortina Mk I GT of Bob Jane and Harry Firth was a real eye-opener.
Cruising around at the everyday speed limit was enjoyable for the pair - but how about 500 miles of racing.
Holdsworth and Baird lapped the circuit under normal road rules, obeying the 60 km/h speed limits. Even at that leisurely pace both drivers got an appreciation for what it would have been liked to race the first 500 mile production car race at Bathurst.
The car was as it finished with vinyl seats and even standard wheels and tyres of the day. In fact the car completed the race distance on the same set of tyres that it started with.
It was a far cry to the 650 horse power IRWIN Falcon that Holdsworth and Baird will drive next week.
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