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A die-hard v8 fan currently holidaying in Central-West New South Wales is carefully scouring the campsite at Mt Panorama for an extra couple boxes of tins he buried up a few weeks ago.
With a metal detector in hand, Bradley Bowler (45) says he’s gone to great lengths to get around the Bathurst 1000’s controversial ‘1 carton per person per day’ rules.
“They only check ya at the gate” he said.
“But a month back this place was a ghost town. That’s when I took the little ones up to help daddy bury a few 30-can-blocks for race week”
The Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 is a 1,000-kilometre (620 mi) touring car race held annually on the Mount Panorama Circuit in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia. The event is internationally popular with Supercar enthusiasts and hosts a pilgrimmage of racing fans each year who camp alongside the iconic racetrack bends.
However, since 2014, limitations have been placed on the amounts of alcohol and food permitted into the site. Campers are restricted from bringing in over 200 sausages, so as to avoid the potential on-sale of food. Daily limits of alcohol also apply and each person is permitted the following limit per day: 1 carton of full strength beer or full strength premixed drinks in cans only (24 can), or 1 carton of mid strength beer (30 cans), or 1 cask of wine, or 1 750ml bottle of spirits.
“Times are a-changing” says Brad.
” I daresay it’s half the reason FOXSPORTS started their own channel for the mob who aren’t able to brave the mountain anymore”
The race starts this weekend, and is expecting to be broadcast to audience of millions outside the Central-West.