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Bathurst 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.

We’ll 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).

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“This is American style marketing, European style road racing – with the Australian touch.”

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.”

“I’m tending to stand back a little more, but all the team owners will be on the Board of Directors.”

“PROCAR 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.”

And that’s 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…..

Ross Palmer on the right, you know who on the left.

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