Mount Panorama will host Trans-Tasman encounter

A collaboration between Touring Car Masters and New Zealand’s Central Muscle Cars series 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 at Mount Panorama a great show of classic racing machinery from the early 1960s to late 1970s.

MUSCLE BATTLE: Australia’s Touring Car Masters and New Zealand’s Central Muscle Cars competitors will meet at Mount Panorama in a Trans-Tasman clash. Photo: PHIL BLATCH 101015pbv830

MUSCLE BATTLE: Australia’s Touring Car Masters and New Zealand’s Central Muscle Cars competitors will meet at Mount Panorama in a Trans-Tasman clash. Photo: PHIL BLATCH 101015pbv830

It is set to be one of the largest grids of 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.

Touring Car Masters category manager Tony Hunter said it will be a sight muscle car fans will adore.

“The cars will be the stars and we will have a collection of race cars never assembled together before like this,” he said.

“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.”

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