BISHOP AND LOWNDES ENJOY SPECIAL MOMENT It was a special moment recently when three-time V8 Supercar champion Craig Lowndes came face to face with the man responsible for creating last year's perpetual Peter Brock Trophy, which was presented to...
BISHOP AND LOWNDES ENJOY SPECIAL MOMENT
It was a special moment recently when three-time V8 Supercar champion Craig Lowndes came face to face with the man responsible for creating last year's perpetual Peter Brock Trophy, which was presented to the winners of the 2006 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.
Wallace Bishop Jewellers Chief Executive Officer and Principal of Hardy Brothers Jewellers, Stuart Bishop, was taken aback by the occasion knowing full well how much the Bathurst victory meant to Lowndes.
The 2006 Mt Panorama success marked a most significant time, as Queensland based Lowndes and Jamie Whincup combined in the Triple Eight Race Engineering Ford to claim the holy grail of Australian motorsport and end Holden's reign of seven straight titles.
For Lowndes especially the securing of the trophy named in honour of his racing mentor, Peter Brock, proved a deeply emotional time.
Just as Bishop's own personal exchanges with Lowndes, a man considered one of the modern day icons of Australian motorsport, proved just as special.
"This year's Bathurst 1000 marked Hardy Brothers Jewellers introduction to the world of motorsport after being commissioned by V8 Supercars Australia to design the Peter Brock trophy," said Bishop.
"Personally I'm a huge fan of all forms of motorsport and I feel very privileged to have been extended an invitation to come along to the Triple Eight workshop. The opportunity to chat with Craig was an even bigger bonus.
"Obviously to be involved in such an iconic event such as the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 is a huge honour for Hardy Brothers Jewellers and this visit really personalises the whole relationship.
"Being born and bred here in Brisbane it was also fantastic to have the inaugural winner of the Peter Brock trophy hailing from up here in Queensland."
Of course as most drag racing fans know, Bishop's own passion for motorsport is usually played out behind the wheel of his 3500 horsepower '67 Camaro Diamond Doorslammer.
While his racing program for 2007 is still being finalised, fans are encouraged to involve themselves in the Wallace Bishop Jewellers National Photographic competition and go in the running to win some great prizes.
Opportunities abound Australia-wide to shoot images at your local race track and forward them through the website www.stuartbishopracing.com.au to enter.
Simply by taking photos of all the drag racing action on and off the track, then submitting images into the competition, individuals will go in the running to win cash and prizes worth more than $20 000, courtesy of Wallace Bishop Jewellers.
The length and breadth of the country will play host to a vast array of quarter mile drag racing action, coordinated at the three major venues in Ipswich, Sydney and Perth, plus plenty of smaller hotspots in between.
As has become traditional on the Australian drag racing calendar, Queensland's own Willowbank Raceway will kick off with its New Year's Night Fire extravaganza this weekend. This event will be a packed triple treat of Top Fuel, Top Alcohol and Pro Stock Motorcycle excitement to kickstart 2007.
On the back end of the Golden State Titles, Perth rockets back into action with a U-S Jet Dragsters show on January 13, while Sydney will have a host of smaller events coordinated in the lead up to its Summernationals on February 16/17.
But it's not just the major venues that will be pumping with quarter mile drag racing action these holidays as some of the smaller quarter and eighth mile facilities get in on the act.
Stretching along the East Coast of Australia, Victoria's South Coast Raceway at Portland has a scheduled feature meeting taking place on January 6 and will follow up with events over the following three months which all qualify for the Wallace Bishop Photographic competition.
It's a similar story at Tasmania's Motors-ACDelco strip which will play host to Round 5 of the State Drag Racing Series plus a round of the Street Car Shootout on January 13 before following up with activities right through to April.
Mildura's Sunset Strip in Victoria, Darwin's Hidden Valley Drag Strip and Queensland's Palmyra Dragway (Mackay), Benaraby Raceway (Gladstone) and Warwick Dragway have yet to formalise their 2007 calendar but each is bound to have plenty of high speed thrills in store for fans early in the year.
Full details of the Wallace Bishop photographic competition are available at www.stuartbishopracing.com.au as is all the new up to date information relevant to the SBR team and the '67 Camaro Diamond Doorslammer.