Legend racers added to Bathurst Festival

MORE LEGENDS TO BE AT BATHURST FESTIVAL Several more of Australia's motor racing legends have confirmed their participation in the Legends V8 Ute race at the WPS Bathurst International Motor Festival next month including Barry "Bo" ...


Several more of Australia's motor racing legends have confirmed their participation in the Legends V8 Ute race at the WPS Bathurst International Motor Festival next month including Barry "Bo" Seton.

Throughout his career Seton enjoyed 22 consecutive starts in the Great Race from 1963 through until his retirement in 1984. He won the Great Race at Mount Panorama in 1965 while co-driving with Midge Bosworth in a Ford Cortina GT500.

During his final two Bathurst starts, Seton's co-driver was his son, Glenn who has since gone on to his own success in Australia's premier motorsport category with the highlight being his victory in the 1993 and 1997 V8 Supercar Championships.

Bo Seton will line up in the Legends V8 Ute race while also competing in the Historic Touring Car Championship races at the Festival aboard a Ford Capri.

Joining Seton in the Legends V8 Ute line up will be David Parsons, Don Holland and Graham Moore to push the number of Australia's motorsport greats who will partake in the event into double figures.

Parsons, a dairy farmer from Tasmania, was one of the most dominant drivers in Tasmania during the late 70's aboard his Holden L34 Torana before making his debut in the Australian Touring Car Championship driving a Group C Commodore at Symmons Plains in 1982.

The Wynyard resident made his debut at Bathurst in 1982 driving alongside Peter Janson to finish fourth. Two years later Parsons joined Johnny Harvey in the 1000km journey in the Holden Dealer Team colours where they finished in second behind team-mates Peter Brock and Larry Perkins.

The highlight of Parsons' career was victory in the Bathurst 1000 in 1987 where he drove with Peter Brock and Peter McLeod.

Parsons last race at Bathurst was in 1999 where he partnered Paul Romano in the Great Race.

"I'm really looking forward to getting back behind the wheel at Bathurst. No matter what type of car or what event you are racing in there is something about the circuit that really gets your blood pumping," said Parsons.

"It will also be great to catch up with a lot of drivers who I haven't seen for quite a while."

Holland's first race was at Warwick Farm in 1961 in an Austin Healey before tackling the Mount Panorama circuit for the first time in October of the same year when he competed in sports car races.

He made his debut in the inaugural Armstrong 500 at Bathurst in 1963 when Holland co-drove with Lindsay Little in a Morris 850. The pair were engaged in a dramatic dice for the class win with Barry Ferguson and Bill Ford throughout the day with the battle for the victory coming down to the very last corner.

Little made a pass for the lead on the final corner of the race but his time at the front was short lived when his car rolled onto its side allowing Feguson and Ford to claim the class victory. Little pushed his car back onto its wheels and was able to cross the line second.

During his career Holland claimed no less than five class wins in the Great Race and tasted tremendous success at Oran Park for some time in his Minis. He was also well known for his success in Series Production racing aboard Holden XU1 Torana's, Mazda RX-3's and RX-7's.

Holland's last start in the Bathurst 1000 was 25 years ago in 1981.

Sydneysider Graham Moore began his career aged 18 at Warwick Farm in an Appendix J Holden before making his debut at Bathurst in 1965 in a Mini Cooper S alongside Ray Kalidi.

Moore, now 62, was a crowd pleaser during the 1970's thrilling the fans in the Norman G Booth Holden XU1 Torana around Amaroo Park taking on and defeating the Holden Dealer Team and Factory Ford teams on a regular basis.

Throughout his career Moore has driven more than a dozen different makes and models of cars including Mini Cooper S's, Falcon's, a works Charger with Doug Chivas, Mazda Rx7, Commodores and GT Falcon's.

Moore's last foray at Bathurst was in the 24-hour races in 2002 and 2003 where he competed in a Future Touring spec Holden Commodore to win his class and finish 10th outright.

While his on track exploits are well known Moore was also very influential behind the scenes by providing the support for drivers like Wayne Gardner, Belgium driver Michel Delcourt and the Williams Super Touring Team to compete at Mount Panorama.

"Bathurst is such a great place and I simply love going there. I'm very proud of my achievements not only behind the wheel but also in the organisational side in helping get a team like the Williams Super Touring team to Bathurst in 1997," said Moore.

"Mount Panorama is undoubtedly the greatest circuit in the world, the only other one that gets close is Spa in Belgium where I have competed in a 24-hour race four times."

"I'm down the beach every morning going for a walk and am pretty healthy, I'm really looking forward to having some fun at the Festival and everything I do I try to do it well."

All four drivers will add even more spice to a great line up of Australian motorsport greats who will take to the circuit at the Festival in the Legends V8 ute event.

The WPS Bathurst International Motor Festival will be held on April 13-16 at the famous Mount Panorama circuit. Promoted and managed by a joint venture between the Bathurst Regional Council and Global Entertainment Team Pty Ltd. The event has gained inspiration from the world renowned Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival in the UK.

The on-track action for the Festival includes the Legends event in V8 Utes, car club parade laps, Historic Touring Car racing, Aussie Racing Cars, Team Australia demonstration laps, GT Championship Cars as well as several manufacturer sessions.

There will also be nostalgia sessions where race and road cars from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s will cut laps of the famous 6.213km Bathurst circuit.

Off-track entertainment is set to include historic car displays, product displays, bands, and kids' entertainment areas.

Tickets are on sale through www.ticketek.com.au


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Series Supercars
Drivers Wayne Gardner , Larry Perkins , Peter Brock , Graham Moore
Teams Williams