Bathurst community planning party welcome for 24-hour fans and teams.
Bathurst businesses and community organisations are planning a major welcome for fans and teams attending the Bathurst 24-Hour race next November.
The plans include a welcome party in the centre of Bathurst on Thursday night 20 November, organised by a new community-based committee to be formed shortly.
The committee is one of the outcomes of a well-attended public briefing meeting held in Bathurst last Monday night.
John Cowley, Deputy Executive Chairman of event organiser PROCAR Australia, said local businesses would be working together to bring more of the 24-hour fans from the Mount Panorama circuit to the city's central business district.
"I was delighted to hear at the meeting that the business people want to take a stake in this event and take advantage of its potential. Bathurst should look and feel like a city keen to welcome race visitors," he said.
"The race has enormous potential not only for PROCAR but also for Bathurst and the central west region to come along for the ride.
"The city already has an international reputation for its racing circuit, but our international coverage provides the opportunity to showcase so much more.
"Last year, the race telecast reached more than 280 million households around the world and this year it's going to be even bigger, with images going into New Zealand, Britain, the United States, Europe and Canada, as well as Australia."
Mr Cowley said PROCAR planned regular meetings with its partner Bathurst City Council and local organisers over the next eight months.