Australians love cars, whether itīs tinkering with them, revelling in their destruction at demolition derbies or watching them put through their paces on the racetrack. The F1 (with one round held in Melbourne every year) and Indy Car series favoured overseas maintain a following in Australia, but the V8 Supercar and motorcycle events enjoy the highest profile across the country.
The most prestigious event on the V8 racing calendar is the Bathurst 1000, staged in the rural New South Wales town of the same name every October. Racers complete circuits of the steep and spectacular Mount Panorama, averaging around 140 kilometres per hour in their customised V8 sedans.
Traditionally, V8 racing has been an ongoing duel between Holden (General Motors) and Ford cars, with spectators often unshakably devoted to one team or the other. Multiple winners at the mountain have included racing legends Peter Brock, Dick Johnson and Allan Moffat.
Motorcycling, the more global motorsport, has yielded arguably Australiaīs greatest sporting champion. In the 500cc class, Mick Doohan has won five consecutive World Championships, with injury preventing him from even more victories.
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