Fitting celebration for Nissan's first pole-sitting Bathurst car
By V8 Supercars
Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
Nissan Motorsport will pay tribute to the Bluebird Turbo that clinched the first pole for the manufacture at the Great Race 30 years ago today in the most fitting way possible.
The original driver George Fury will cut laps around Mount Panorama in the Nissan he took to the front row of the grid in 1984 later today, alongside Michael Caruso in his Norton Hornet, which sports a retro livery paying homage to Fury's Bluebird Turbo.
The celebration of Nissan's first pole-sitting Bathurst car was met by a humble Fury, who is baffled by the advances in the stature of today's V8 Supercars and the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, after being absent from the Great Race for around 20 years.
"(Bathurst) Isso big, it's huge - it's hard to comprehend in some ways, how much bigger it is than it has been," he said.
"It's humbling really [to be honoured by Nissan] because I'm still on my 1000 acre farm and live by myself and then to be told that it's the 30th anniversary, which I never even thought about it, and to come up here it's really great.
"The cars [today] are much more aerodynamically efficient, so they're much quicker over the top of the mountain than we ever were, and we raced with about 400 horsepower and that was kind of, at full boost, it was kind of competitive with the V8s at the time, but these guys have a lot more horsepower as well.
"I have been in Michael Caruso's car, and I'm quite amazed where you sit in the car and how foreign that seems to feel. I suppose as soon as you start driving it it becomes second nature, but just to sit in the car, it's like being in the middle of the lounge room and every things around you, it's strange."
The special on-track demonstration will kick off at 9.15am - a special moment in history race fans do not want to miss and just one of the great entertainment options at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 today.
And then, positions will be finalised for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 in the shootout this afternoon, but that's not all that's happening at the Great Race today.
The V8 Ute Series, Aussie Racing Cars, Touring Car Masters and Carrera Cup will also burn some rubber today, pushing and shoving to take the chequered flag and the glory at Mount Panorama.
The JCB GT Backhoe will also be on hand to thrill crowds, reaching speeds near 193km/hour with its supercharged Chevrolet V8 big block engine.
The unique machine will attempt to officially become the world's fastest earthmover, with plans to set a new world record at Mount Panorama.
Look to the skies to see the RAAF Roulettes performing breath-taking displays, while the Hot Wheels Stuntz Inc Stunt Team will be on track showing their dangerous and spectacular motorbike skills and stunts.
The Aussie Bandit will be wheel-standing and blowing flames around the mountain, while the Australian Defence Force's Project Digger will be trackside to wow crowds.
And then, of course, late this afternoon it will all happen - we will know what starts from ARMOR ALL Pole Position at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, and if the V8 Supercar lap record can be lowered further.
Make sure you don't miss a second of the action - Mount Panorama is just a two and a hour drive from Sydney CBD, there's free parking and the circuit is bathed in sunshine. Leave now with plenty of time to see the ARMOR ALL Top 10 Shootout this afternoon.