One of the many obstacles on the mountain are kangaroos which will hop across the track without warning. Only one was hit, when Jim Richards hit a roo coming up to the Cutting in 2004.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0D55LHY ... re=related
Now for some footage from the years before Australian Touring Cars became V8 Supercars.
This is the finish to the '92 Bathurst 1000 when Jim Richards crashed out of the lead in the Nissan. The race was then stopped due to the track being blocked and the crowd were convinced that Dick Johnson and John Bowe had won. The results were decided by a one lap countback and the Richards/Skaife Nissan was declared the winner. This made way for the infamous podium celebrations when the crowd jeered the Nissan drivers. I'm going to leave what "Gentleman" Jim said as a surprise for all of the people who haven't seen this (Warning: there is some swearing, so if you don't like that, don't watch this video) Sound is a bit laggy on the video.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_NKQjbN ... re=related
Another famous incident, this time from the '82 Bathurst 1000. Kevin Bartlett had a tyre fail on him at the top of the mountain, causing the car to roll. The Camaro was then refered to as the Channel 6 Camaro.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=423qAJG133Q
In 1980, little known (at the time) Queenslander Dick Johnson was leading the 1000km race 17 laps in when he hit a rock on the track. The TV cameras never caught what happened but Dick had nowhere to go other than hitting the rescue truck or hitting the rock. At the time Dick was only a privateer driver, scraping up funds to go racing. In an interview on TV he said that this would be his last ever race as he was out of money. Channel 7 then ran a campaign to raise money for Dick and Edsel Ford II said he would match every donation dollar for dollar. Dick then came back and won the '81 race.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nErou_JWx7A
Here's a clip all you Walkinshaw haters will absolutely love. "Uncle Tom" brought his team of Jaguars to Bathurst in '84... and didn't even make it to the startline.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uG08IWLYbn4
Back in 1971, Bill Brown had a horrific crash when a tyre burst on his Falcon which sent the car rolling on top of the fence. Fortunately he escaped with only minor injuries.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=us1atrMY ... re=related
Now back to the modern "V8 Supercars" era.
Craig Lowndes' crash at Calder in '99 was easily one of the biggest startline crashes in the history of V8's. Other drivers came over to help, including Larry Perkins who went over to check what parts were on the dominant HRT cars.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3Hkws3h ... re=related
Until Friday this year, Greg Murphy's 2003 qualifying lap was the fastest lap ever in a V8 at Bathurst. It is still considered better than Lowndes' lap this year because it was in one-lap qualifying, and Murphy had actually missed a gear. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MaNiV7K ... re=related