Bathurst 1000, 2020: Supercars crowd decision yet to be made | Photos, pictures

RETRO RACING: Daniel and Katie Toney with their children Fletcher and Grace travel from the Sunshine Coast in Queensland to the Bathurst 1000 each year. Photo: SUPPLIED
RETRO RACING: Daniel and Katie Toney with their children Fletcher and Grace travel from the Sunshine Coast in Queensland to the Bathurst 1000 each year. Photo: SUPPLIED

A RETRO racewear-loving family from Queensland and a frequent flyer from Texas are just some of those waiting for Supercars to make a decision on whether crowds will be allowed at this year's Bathurst 1000.

Daniel Toney and Jed Martin have an annual pilgrimage to Mount Panorama locked in their calendars, but they are still playing the waiting game this year.

RACE FAN: Texas man Jed Martin flies from the United States to Bathurst each year for the Great Race. This year the COVID-19 pandemic has forced him to miss out. Photo: SUPPLIED

RACE FAN: Texas man Jed Martin flies from the United States to Bathurst each year for the Great Race. This year the COVID-19 pandemic has forced him to miss out. Photo: SUPPLIED

Mr Toney and his family travel from the Sunshine Coast in Queensland to Bathurst in NSW's Central Tablelands each year and 2020 would have been his 39th consecutive Great Race.

He wants Supercars to make a decision on allowing crowds and says the delay has left thousands of race fans in limbo.

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"We've got three campsites [booked] in The Paddock and that's $320 each. Why can't they [Supercars] come up and say camping is off?" he said.

"It's an open circuit and people can sit a little way away from each other, or they could limit it to just the people who have booked a campsite.

"We've had to move my leave back because of this [the date change for the Bathurst 1000] just in case something happens and we're allowed to go.

"It's the biggest event of the year. Just let us know."

COVID-19 has also shelved Texas resident Mr Martin's plans to fly to Australia for what would have been his eighth consecutive Bathurst 1000.

"I'd watched the V8s on American TV and online for over a decade and when I saw that they were racing in Austin, Texas in May of 2013, I went to that race," he said.

"I met four Australian blokes on the racetrack after the race. They invited me to come camp with them at Mount Panorama and watch the Great Race.

"I took them up on their offer and have returned every year. I love that place."

For the Toney family, the Bathurst 1000 is a chance for Daniel, his wife Katie and their children Fletcher, 8, and Grace, 6, to show off their love of retro race clothing.

"I cryovac our [retro] clothes and they'll only come out in good weather at the track. I'd have over 100 shirts that are all old school retro," he said.

RACE FAN: Supercars driver Scott McLaughlin with Grace Toney at the Bathurst 1000. Photo: SUPPLIED

RACE FAN: Supercars driver Scott McLaughlin with Grace Toney at the Bathurst 1000. Photo: SUPPLIED

"It's to preserve them; this is Bathurst."

Mr Martin said there is a very good reason he keeps coming back.

"Once I visited, I wasn't disappointed. What I wasn't counting on was the camaraderie and the non-stop laughter."

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