WILL the Bathurst 1000 be the next major sporting event advertised on a Sydney architectural icon?
Parade doesn’t think it can be ruled out after reading some comments from the prime minister in the metropolitan media on Monday.
PM Scott Morrison, who visited the Bathurst 1000 on the weekend, was asked his opinion about the controversial decision to advertise The Everest horse race on the sails of the NSW capital’s iconic Sydney Opera House.
Perhaps because he still had the sounds of the Supercars buzzing in his ears, Mr Morrison said he would “put the Bathurst 1000 on the Harbour Bridge if I thought it was going to get more people there”.
Parade wonders whether putting the Great Race on the Sydney Harbour Bridge would be as controversial as putting a horse race on the Sydney Opera House.
Room to move in great outdoors
IT was a quiet old scene when Parade wandered down to the Bathurst Aquatic Centre on Sunday afternoon to celebrate the fact the outdoor pool had opened for another season.
There certainly wasn’t any need to fight for a lane: there was only Parade and a duck using the water (and the duck probably would have moved if you’d asked politely).
Parade always gets a bit melancholy when the outdoor pool closes up in autumn, because he knows the long winter is ahead.
On the flipside, however, he always gets a bit of a spring in his step after the first outdoor swim of spring.
It’s a sign that better weather lies ahead.
Forecast is for weather envy
IT’S not very often that Bathurst is dishing out better weather than the coast.
But a couple of Parade’s family members, who have spent some time in the Port Stephens area while renting out their house for Race Week, reported to Parade on the weekend that the weather had been uniformly unpleasant.
Incredibly, they almost sounded wistful for Bathurst – and that, again, is not something you hear very often.
Parade will be sure to welcome them back home when they arrive.