24 Hours – Palmer’s Paradise
This man is a larger than life character – Ross (Roscoe to
his friends) Palmer, the man responsible for founding his PROCAR
organisation, and therefore the man responsible for this 24 hour
event taking place here this weekend.
bring a full interview with this giant of Australian motorsport
as soon as we can, but for now, a few soundbites…from the
Executive Chairman of PROCAR Australia (during a gentle lap of the
Bathurst circuit in his Porsche Cayenne).
“This is American
style marketing, European style road racing – with the Australian
On why Australian Nations
Cup GT races are a series of short sprints at each meeting: “It’s
just grown that way: we’ve looked at the two driver scenario
and floated the idea of longer races to the team owners, but they
wanted to stick to the sprints.”
to stand back a little more, but all the team owners will be on
the Board of Directors.”
started out with nine Production cars in 1995 – that was it.
Now we’ve got the Nations Cup, GTP (a bit like Grp. N spec.
cars), the V8 Brutes (which have got quite a cult following in the
UK, on Motors TV) and now we’re funding F3.”
“You need persistence
and determination, a long term vision, and you have to have that
desire to create something.”
how the Bathurst 24 Hours originated. Ross Palmer has raced in the
Nurburgring 24 Hours seven times, and last year he took the bold
step to bring a 24 hour event to Australia. This event has some
real momentum, and perhaps we’ll see American teams out here
next year. Without a November race in France…..
on the right, you know who on the left.