DICK JOHNSON & STONE BROS HEADLINE 2019 EVENT

DICK JOHNSON & STONE BROS HEADLINE 2019 EVENT

Legends of Bathurst return to Hampton Downs

Dick Johnson and the Stone Brothers will headline the 2019 edition of Hampton Downs’ Legends of Bathurst event, taking place over the weekend of January 12th and 13th.

John Bowe, Jim Richards, Steve Richards and Paul Radisich are also confirmed for the event, which will celebrate all things Bathurst.

It promises to be a special homecoming for Ross and Jimmy Stone, who grew up building go-karts in nearby Onewhero before moving to Australia and establishing one of the most successful teams in V8 Supercars.

“Some friends of mine, including Jim Richards, came over to Hampton Downs for the first Legends of Bathurst event earlier this year and they talked about what a good event it was,” says Ross Stone. “People around the world have an interest in Bathurst because it’s such a great track and has produced so many classic races over the years. It’s a great excuse to get home to New Zealand and catch up with all my old friends from the sport before I moved across to Australia.”

Stone Brothers Racing won three Supercars championships in a row, in 2003 and 2004 with Marcos Ambrose and the 2005 championship with Russell Ingall. But some of their greatest triumphs have been at Bathurst.

“I first went to Bathurst in the early 1970’s,” recalls Ross Stone. “I was an apprentice mechanic and I didn’t have a lot of money but the guy I was working for shouted me a trip. Jim Richards and Rod Coppins finished third that year and I remember promising myself I’d get back there someday because there was something magical about the place. To go back and win the race as team manager for Dick Johnson in 1994 and win it with our own team in 1998 was very, very special.”

Ross was Johnson’s team manager in 1994 while his brother Jimmy was an engineer. The brothers went on to form their own team, Stone Brothers Racing in 1998 and won the Bathurst 1000 in their debut season in a Ford EL Falcon driven by Jason Bright and Steve Richards.

The Legends of Bathurst festival will celebrate Johnson & Bowe’s wins in the Bathurst 1000 in 1989 in a Sierra Cosworth and 1994 in a Ford EB Falcon. A recently restored Sierra Cosworth in the 1989 livery will race in the Historic Touring Cars category at Hampton Downs.

Another highlight of the LOB festival will be Jim Richards driving the Peter Sturgeon-owned, ex-Frank Gardner Group C BMW 635i in the iconic black and yellow John Player Special livery. The BMW 635 is a well travelled car and proved hugely popular at the Silverstone Classic in the UK last year where it won the Stuart Graham ‘Scarf and Goggles’, the award for the most admired car at the Classic.

John Bowe, a two-time winner of the Bathurst 1000, is hoping to be reunited with the #44 Volvo 240 GT car he raced around Mt Panorama in 1986. Car #44 is owned by New Zealander Mark Petch, who ran it as part of the Mark Petch Motorsport team in the mid-1980s.

Paul Radisich will compete in the Historic Touring Cars category in the Ford Mondeo he drove to victory in the 1993 & ‘94 Touring Car World Cup at Monza and Donington respectively.

The two feature categories, the Historic Touring Car (NZ) Association and ENZED Central Muscle Cars promise to deliver some outstanding racing on the track.

The Historic Touring Car category was set up in 2015 to promote the purchase and active use of touring cars from the various categories which were run through the 1980s and 1990s. Fans can expect to see a broad range of Super Tourer models in a 23-strong field, from the popular E30 and E36 BMW 3-series models to the later model Honda Accords, Nissan Primeras and Volvo S40s.

The ENZED Central Muscle Cars (CMC) is one of the most popular race categories in New Zealand. CMC was formed in 2003, by a group of like-minded enthusiasts from around the Central North Island (hence the name) who wanted to create a class catering to classic competition muscle cars. The category grew quickly, as many other competitors who shared the same passion for thundering, powersliding Australian and American muscle cars came on board and the fan base grew rapidly.

Other support categories include the Pre 65s, Formula Libre, Formula Ford and a Bathurst all comers class. The Legends of Bathurst will do autograph signing sessions over the course of the weekend while there will a unique show n shine. The Legends on Stage dinner on Saturday evening at Hampton Downs Pavilion promises to be another highlight of the weekend.

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Hampton Downs all set for Ferrari Challenge

Hampton Downs all set for Ferrari Challenge

The Ferrari Challenge is one of the most spectacular one-make motor racing categories in the world and it’s coming to Hampton Downs this weekend. On April 14-15, the famous Italian car marque will take centre stage at Hampton Downs in… Continue Reading

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WHO’S WHO OF MOTORCYCLING AT THE MIKE PERO MOTOFEST

This weekend’s Mike Pero MotoFest is going to be a sensational motorcycling experience, the likes of which has never been seen before in New Zealand. The inaugural Mike Pero MotoFest (March 3-4) promises excellence on all fronts, with former champions… Continue Reading

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KIWI ICONS REUNITE FOR MIKE PERO MOTOFEST

KIWI ICONS REUNITE FOR MIKE PERO MOTOFEST

Two icons of Kiwi motorcycling greatness reunite for the inaugural Mike Pero MotoFest at Hampton Downs this weekend. Record nine-time New Zealand superbike champion Andrew Stroud and the distinctive Britten V1000 motorcycle will be out on track at MotoFest on… Continue Reading

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MOTOGP HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE AT MIKE PERO MOTOFEST

MOTOGP HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE AT MIKE PERO MOTOFEST

American road-racing legend Randy Mamola, the star attraction of the Mike Pero MotoFest at Hampton Downs on March 3-4, will be inducted to the Hall of Fame soon after this New Zealand motorcycling extravaganza. Mamola’s name was among an illustrious… Continue Reading

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Legends of Bathurst to become an annual event

Legends of Bathurst to become an annual event

Hampton Downs owner Tony Quinn has confirmed the 4Guys Autobarn Legends of Bathurst will become an annual event to be held in January every year. The festival, celebrating all things Bathurst, concluded today with hundreds of fans turning up to… Continue Reading

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  1. Looking forward to next year already Tony! Me and my son enjoyed today immensely. It was great being able to look around the pits and just walk up to any one of the legends and have a chat to them. Fantastic!

  2. Honestly what a fantastic day. I came along with a couple of dudes on Sunday- my hubby and his mate – and we bought VIP tickets. I wanted access to the pits. And boy did I get my moneys worth. They should have just set me up in a small room with a coffee machine by the pits so that I could bug the hell out of everybody. I managed to bug Steven Richards, Jimmy and John Bowe for autographs and a quick yack but my boys had already headed on up to the AU. So I ran out of time to bug the other drivers.

    I’ll be baaaaack.

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Richards all class at Legends of Bathurst

Richards all class at Legends of Bathurst

“Gentleman Jim’ Richards proved a hit on and off the track on the opening day of the Legends of Bathurst festival at Hampton Downs. The seven-time winner of the Bathurst 1000 finished 3rd in the Archibalds Historic Touring Car category… Continue Reading

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DICK JOHNSON & STONE BROS HEADLINE 2019 EVENT

DICK JOHNSON & STONE BROS HEADLINE 2019 EVENT

Legends of Bathurst return to Hampton Downs

Dick Johnson and the Stone Brothers will headline the 2019 edition of Hampton Downs’ Legends of Bathurst event, taking place over the weekend of January 12th and 13th.

John Bowe, Jim Richards, Steve Richards and Paul Radisich are also confirmed for the event, which will celebrate all things Bathurst.

It promises to be a special homecoming for Ross and Jimmy Stone, who grew up building go-karts in nearby Onewhero before moving to Australia and establishing one of the most successful teams in V8 Supercars.

“Some friends of mine, including Jim Richards, came over to Hampton Downs for the first Legends of Bathurst event earlier this year and they talked about what a good event it was,” says Ross Stone. “People around the world have an interest in Bathurst because it’s such a great track and has produced so many classic races over the years. It’s a great excuse to get home to New Zealand and catch up with all my old friends from the sport before I moved across to Australia.”

Stone Brothers Racing won three Supercars championships in a row, in 2003 and 2004 with Marcos Ambrose and the 2005 championship with Russell Ingall. But some of their greatest triumphs have been at Bathurst.

“I first went to Bathurst in the early 1970’s,” recalls Ross Stone. “I was an apprentice mechanic and I didn’t have a lot of money but the guy I was working for shouted me a trip. Jim Richards and Rod Coppins finished third that year and I remember promising myself I’d get back there someday because there was something magical about the place. To go back and win the race as team manager for Dick Johnson in 1994 and win it with our own team in 1998 was very, very special.”

Ross was Johnson’s team manager in 1994 while his brother Jimmy was an engineer. The brothers went on to form their own team, Stone Brothers Racing in 1998 and won the Bathurst 1000 in their debut season in a Ford EL Falcon driven by Jason Bright and Steve Richards.

The Legends of Bathurst festival will celebrate Johnson & Bowe’s wins in the Bathurst 1000 in 1989 in a Sierra Cosworth and 1994 in a Ford EB Falcon. A recently restored Sierra Cosworth in the 1989 livery will race in the Historic Touring Cars category at Hampton Downs.

Another highlight of the LOB festival will be Jim Richards driving the Peter Sturgeon-owned, ex-Frank Gardner Group C BMW 635i in the iconic black and yellow John Player Special livery. The BMW 635 is a well travelled car and proved hugely popular at the Silverstone Classic in the UK last year where it won the Stuart Graham ‘Scarf and Goggles’, the award for the most admired car at the Classic.

John Bowe, a two-time winner of the Bathurst 1000, is hoping to be reunited with the #44 Volvo 240 GT car he raced around Mt Panorama in 1986. Car #44 is owned by New Zealander Mark Petch, who ran it as part of the Mark Petch Motorsport team in the mid-1980s.

Paul Radisich will compete in the Historic Touring Cars category in the Ford Mondeo he drove to victory in the 1993 & ‘94 Touring Car World Cup at Monza and Donington respectively.

The two feature categories, the Historic Touring Car (NZ) Association and ENZED Central Muscle Cars promise to deliver some outstanding racing on the track.

The Historic Touring Car category was set up in 2015 to promote the purchase and active use of touring cars from the various categories which were run through the 1980s and 1990s. Fans can expect to see a broad range of Super Tourer models in a 23-strong field, from the popular E30 and E36 BMW 3-series models to the later model Honda Accords, Nissan Primeras and Volvo S40s.

The ENZED Central Muscle Cars (CMC) is one of the most popular race categories in New Zealand. CMC was formed in 2003, by a group of like-minded enthusiasts from around the Central North Island (hence the name) who wanted to create a class catering to classic competition muscle cars. The category grew quickly, as many other competitors who shared the same passion for thundering, powersliding Australian and American muscle cars came on board and the fan base grew rapidly.

Other support categories include the Pre 65s, Formula Libre, Formula Ford and a Bathurst all comers class. The Legends of Bathurst will do autograph signing sessions over the course of the weekend while there will a unique show n shine. The Legends on Stage dinner on Saturday evening at Hampton Downs Pavilion promises to be another highlight of the weekend.

KIWI ICONS REUNITE FOR MIKE PERO MOTOFEST

KIWI ICONS REUNITE FOR MIKE PERO MOTOFEST

Two icons of Kiwi motorcycling greatness reunite for the inaugural Mike Pero MotoFest at Hampton Downs this weekend. Record nine-time New Zealand superbike champion Andrew Stroud and the distinctive Britten V1000 motorcycle will be out on track at MotoFest on… Continue Reading

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