2018 Bathurst 12 hour spectator help & hints.

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08 Nov 2017 08:16 - 18 Jan 2018 20:49 #9384 by maverick
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Our spectator help & hint's thread was very helpful for this year's event, so we'll do the same for next year's event, especially as things change from year to year.
Probably a good idea to go back through the 2017 thread also.
Something that i learn't from this year's event was that if you are thinking of getting there on the Wednesday, take your own drink as there wasn't any vendor's open until the Thursday and as we know, it's bloody hot.

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22 Dec 2017 19:05 #10045 by Justin_Bannon
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Make sure you hammer your tent down! and lower your Gazebos in the paddock area, Can be very windy out the back of the pits! Also for our fare skinned friends loads of sunscreen and a Big wide brimmed hat! look forward to seeing everyone on the mountain in 2018
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18 Jan 2018 12:00 #10341 by Chris32
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We are heading over from Adelaide, just wanting to find out if you can access the pits on Saturday evening? I seem to remember it being open for spectators to have a look one of the nights

And is this access just the back of the pits like during the day, or can you access the track and race side of the pits for a look?

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18 Jan 2018 15:02 #10346 by kiwikid_1
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Chris32 wrote: We are heading over from Adelaide, just wanting to find out if you can access the pits on Saturday evening? I seem to remember it being open for spectators to have a look one of the nights

And is this access just the back of the pits like during the day, or can you access the track and race side of the pits for a look?


Never been kicked out of anywhere...but will say last year the pits were a little more closed shop than years b4...Ive been down there till around 11pm no worries at all

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18 Jan 2018 16:14 #10347 by bennythejet
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My biggest bit of advice for those camping i a tent is take a cordless drill to drill holes for your tent pegs because the ground behind the pits is rock hard and you have almost zero chance of hammering them in without pre drilling
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18 Jan 2018 17:38 - 18 Jan 2018 17:40 #10348 by Richo
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bennythejet wrote: My biggest bit of advice for those camping i a tent is take a cordless drill to drill holes for your tent pegs because the ground behind the pits is rock hard and you have almost zero chance of hammering them in without pre drilling


First year I went to this I camped in paddock. Had the thin POS pegs included with the tent that bent when I tried to hammer them in. ':lol:

A quick drive into town to the nearest hardware shop (Home?) and got some big thick cast iron ones that you could knock someone out with and they did the trick. Was looking for them last night and cant find them :( Im back in Paddock this year so will have to look around for a cordless drill or borrow one in exchange for a beer.
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18 Jan 2018 19:53 #10351 by bennythejet
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Im in the paddock and i will be bringing my bunnings cordless drill. It may need a recharge after every hole but after bending heavy duty pegs last year im not risking it again
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18 Jan 2018 22:47 #10354 by Pierre
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First time paddock camping this year, drill tip noted! I might have bent a couple up on the mountain too, but it doesn't sound like it was as bad.

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25 Jan 2018 09:50 #10473 by cshaks
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Good tip on the cordless drill... I broke a mallet trying to hammer in pegs on the mountain last year!
Another point, it looks like they have added a second superscreen this year for the top of the mountain. The map shows one in the recovery area near the grate at around reid park.
Make sure you bring plenty of water and sunscreen, if it is anything like last year (38 degrees every day).

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25 Jan 2018 10:56 #10474 by maverick
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cshaks wrote: Good tip on the cordless drill... I broke a mallet trying to hammer in pegs on the mountain last year!
Another point, it looks like they have added a second superscreen this year for the top of the mountain. The map shows one in the recovery area near the grate at around reid park.
Make sure you bring plenty of water and sunscreen, if it is anything like last year (38 degrees every day).


Forecast still saying mid to high 20's for all days which will be heaven.

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25 Jan 2018 12:12 #10475 by Pierre
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Yep, glad for the forecast. For any first timers though, always pack for all seasons!

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25 Jan 2018 13:24 #10477 by Nardulas
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The only thing you can rely on at Mount Panorama is the weather being unreliable. Although, if it stays as forecasted, I'll be thrilled
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25 Jan 2018 13:52 #10479 by Richo
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Mid to high 20s is fine by me too. Its getting closer and closer, the hype is real!

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25 Jan 2018 19:53 #10488 by The conversationalist formally known as Goat69
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Richo wrote: Mid to high 20s is fine by me too. Its getting closer and closer, the hype is real!


At 38 degrees. Parts of dads army were pulling out. But with weather like that their all coming.

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25 Jan 2018 20:02 #10489 by maverick
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Richo wrote: Mid to high 20s is fine by me too. Its getting closer and closer, the hype is real!


At 38 degrees. Parts of dads army were pulling out. But with weather like that their all coming.


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27 Jan 2018 21:07 #10508 by jdyort
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bennythejet wrote: My biggest bit of advice for those camping i a tent is take a cordless drill to drill holes for your tent pegs because the ground behind the pits is rock hard and you have almost zero chance of hammering them in without pre drilling


Yes I am a seasoned veteran of swearing at the paddock rockground. Last year me and a builder mate got creative.
We ended up buying roofing screws (they don't sell them at Bunnings) and making tabs to clip our tent ropes onto. Take up a cordless impact driver and bang, what rock?



They work awesome. We didn't tell the other guys what we were doing so we got great mileage out of watching them bending pegs when ours were done in 2minutes.
If you look closely you can see the 2 different designs above. Getting the bendy brackets like what use to be on the rear of car stereo's from Bunnings work pretty well.
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