DEPUTY mayor Bobby Bourke expects tickets to go on sale in the next week for his ambitious farmer fundraiser at Mount Panorama later this year.
The fundraiser has been given a name – Driving For Drought 1000 – and a few adjustments in the weeks since it was announced early last month.
Though the original intention was to establish a world record for the most number of cars moving on a racetrack at the same time, Cr Bourke said the event will now aim to set a record for the Mount Panorama track alone.
For it to be a Guinness World Record, he said, it would have to involve just the one make of car.
The original aim was to have 2000 cars involved, but Cr Bourke said the new limit will be 1000 cars and participants will pay $50 a vehicle, rather than $30, to be part of the event.
“You will purchase tickets online on the Bathurst Regional Council web page,” he said.
“You won't be able to get tickets on the day to go in it.”
Cr Bourke said there had been plenty of interest in the event since it was announced last month.
“Every day someone is approaching me,” he said.
“And now that it has been cut back to 1000 cars, I would encourage people to get online [and buy tickets] early so they don't miss out.”
Bathurst Regional Council will run the fundraiser and Cr Bourke said V8 Supercars and the Penrith Panthers will also be involved.
He also expects a few big names – both from the world of entertainment and the world of politics – to be there on the day.
“Four to six” classic cars from the National Motor Racing Museum will be taken out on the track for the event and Cr Bourke said seats in the vehicles will be auctioned off and the money raised will go to the cause.
He hopes to raise somewhere between $50,000 and $100,000 from the day to buy hay for drought-stricken farmers.
“Because the drought will still be around after October,” he said. “We need to keep supporting our farmers.”
Vehicles taking part will need to be registered, Cr Bourke said.
He said he was pleased that all of Bathurst Regional Council and its councillors were behind the event.
The fundraiser will be held on Sunday, October 28.