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Hard travelling - V8 stars in an old Holden

Click here for full page image in PDF format THE car Todd Kelly will drive to Bathurst this year was built three years before he was born.

This weekend, Todd and Rick Kelly will pack up a 1976 HX Holden Kingswood for the trip from their family home in Mildura to Bathurst — part

of a growing tradition of getting to Mt Panorama under their own steam.

Along the way they will pick up another Holden driver, Nathan Pretty. The three V8 Supercar drivers will cruise to Bathurst in the Kingswood — towing a matching 1970s caravan.

“This car is so good you could drive straight on past Bathurst and keep going around Australia,” Todd said yesterday.

Todd Kelly personally chose the Kingswood, which he described as having a “nice

beige paint job with not too much rust”.

The drivers will sit three abreast on the front vinyl seat and sleep in the caravan on their way to Bathurst.

The car and van will be on display in the pit paddock at Mt Panorama and after the race, autographed by Holden drivers, will be auctioned for the Peter Brock Foundation. Todd Kelly will race with Mark Skaife in the Bathurst 1000 and Rick will team up with Garth Tander for Toll Racing. Pretty is in the second HRT car with Glenn Seton.

In Bathurst developments yesterday, WPS Racing announced they would pair up leading drivers Jason Bargwanna and Max Wilson.