Motor racing enthusiasts of varying skill levels were given the unique opportunity to take their cherished vehicles for a spin around Mount Panorama over the weekend as part of the annual Challenge Bathurst event.
The event saw more than 400 participants take to Mount Panorama for four days of performance driving around the world-famous circuit.
For professional drivers, it was an opportunity to put in vital practice laps for major race meetings such as the Bathurst 1000 and Bathurst 12 Hour while for amateurs, it provided a chance to test their skills around a track notorious for its challenging turns and breakneck straights.
Challenge Bathurst organiser James O'Brien said the event continues to grow each year.
"This is the fourth year we've run this event and we're maxed out in terms of how many cars we can invite to participate," Mr O'Brien said.
"Challenge Bathurst is the only event on Mount Panorama's calendar where amateur and professional drivers can test their own street and track cars outside of race meetings."
The event brought in drivers from as far away as the United Kingdom, and allowed participants to drive free of competitive pressure.
"A lot of the amateur participants regularly compete in club level racing events and for most, their key reason for participating is to tick an item off the bucket list," Mr O'Brien said.
"Their main objectives are to go as fast as possible, test out young drivers and experiment with vehicle configurations."
Canberra-based drivers Gareth Wiggan and Matt Brown were in attendance representing Northside Euros, a specialist European vehicle repair centre, and both found the circuit an extreme challenge.
"The track is pretty hairy in places, and it definitely rewards commitment," Mr Wiggan said.
"Mountain and Conrod straights are certainly the scariest parts of the circuit, as the dips are more formidable than they look on television."
Mr Brown, who was participating for the second year running, said the event provides a relaxing atmosphere to hone their skills.
"The Bathurst community is very welcoming, and we've forged some great connections," he said.