This year's FAI 1000 Classic looks set to break all records with the nation's premier V8 endurance race on November 12-15 likely to attract the biggest field ever and require pre-qualifying for the first time. 1998 will be the most testing race yet with a full grid of 55 cars making a seven hour assault on the mountain, where only the toughest survive All of V8's big names are returning to Mt Panorama from November 12-15 for the annual 1000km Ford vs Holden challenge. Holden continued its reign at the top when Larry Perkins and Russell Ingall scooped last year's honours and ruined the farewell of V8 legend Peter Brock. Perkins and Ingall are back in 1998 armed with a new weapon - Holden's VT Commodore. Mobil champion Craig Lowndes and Mark Skaife are also set to campaign the VT on the mountain. However the untried VT faces a tough contest against the Ford Falcons of Bathurst veterans Dick Johnson and John Bowe, Glenn Seton and Neil Crompton.