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7 February 2018

The Bathurst 12 hour paddock is a supercar show

By Mitchell TulkMitchell Tulk

There were plenty of sights off-track at the 2018 Bathurst 12 hour.

Racing for 12 hours is a long time, so you’re forgiven if you want to take a break from the action and explore what’s on show at Mount Panorama.

Luckily, there’s plenty to see and do. Checking out the National Racing Museum is a must, as it holds a large selection of classic Aussie touring cars.

Even in the VIP carpark there were a few unique cars; everything from an Audi R8, and Bentley Continental GT to a Porsche 911.

However, the really good stuff is behind the fence with many owners showing off their pride and joy while a number of manufactures display their halo models.

  • Yes, I had a fanboy moment seeing the P1. (image credit: Mitchell Tulk) Yes, I had a fanboy moment seeing the P1. (image credit: Mitchell Tulk)
  • Can-Am, for those who found F1 boring. (image credit: Mitchell Tulk) Can-Am, for those who found F1 boring. (image credit: Mitchell Tulk)
  • Is that enough Carbon Fiber? (image credit: Mitchell Tulk) Is that enough Carbon Fiber? (image credit: Mitchell Tulk)
  • Can you tell this 911 a part from the current model? (image credit: Mitchell Tulk) Can you tell this 911 a part from the current model? (image credit: Mitchell Tulk)
  • Should Porsche create another 914? (image credit: Mitchell Tulk) Should Porsche create another 914? (image credit: Mitchell Tulk)
  • G-O-G-G-O. (image credit: Mitchell Tulk) G-O-G-G-O. (image credit: Mitchell Tulk)
  • The Dart has a rear-mounted engine, it's essentially a Porsche. (image credit: Mitchell Tulk) The Dart has a rear-mounted engine, it's essentially a Porsche. (image credit: Mitchell Tulk)
  • Not the most loved M3 but at least it has that amazing straight-six engine. (image credit: Mitchell Tulk) Not the most loved M3 but at least it has that amazing straight-six engine. (image credit: Mitchell Tulk)
  • Imagine placing a 6.8-litre V10 in this Mustang like what Tickford did in 2001. (image credit: Mitchell Tulk) Imagine placing a 6.8-litre V10 in this Mustang like what Tickford did in 2001. (image credit: Mitchell Tulk)
  • More than meets the eye. (image credit: Mitchell Tulk) More than meets the eye. (image credit: Mitchell Tulk)
  • McLaren's answer the Ferrari 458. (image credit: Mitchell Tulk) McLaren's answer the Ferrari 458. (image credit: Mitchell Tulk)
  • Snow White. (image credit: Mitchell Tulk) Snow White. (image credit: Mitchell Tulk)
  • The last of the breed. (image credit: Mitchell Tulk) The last of the breed. (image credit: Mitchell Tulk)
  • Do the headlights make the 720S look a bit Alien?(image credit: Mitchell Tulk) Do the headlights make the 720S look a bit Alien?(image credit: Mitchell Tulk)
  • The only Aston Martin I saw over the whole weekend. (image credit: Mitchell Tulk) The only Aston Martin I saw over the whole weekend. (image credit: Mitchell Tulk)
  • Finger lickin' good. (image credit: Mitchell Tulk) Finger lickin' good. (image credit: Mitchell Tulk)
  • But what if I don't want my RS in the colour grey? (image credit: Mitchell Tulk) But what if I don't want my RS in the colour grey? (image credit: Mitchell Tulk)
  • Take your pick. (image credit: Mitchell Tulk) Take your pick. (image credit: Mitchell Tulk)
  • The Continental GT isn't the lightest car around. (image credit: Mitchell Tulk) The Continental GT isn't the lightest car around. (image credit: Mitchell Tulk)
  • I love gold! (image credit: Mitchell Tulk) I love gold! (image credit: Mitchell Tulk)
  • Shine bright like a diamond. (image credit: Mitchell Tulk) Shine bright like a diamond. (image credit: Mitchell Tulk)
  • The car of Kermit the Frog. (image credit: Mitchell Tulk) The car of Kermit the Frog. (image credit: Mitchell Tulk)
  • The display almost felt like a McLaren dealership. (image credit: Mitchell Tulk) The display almost felt like a McLaren dealership. (image credit: Mitchell Tulk)
  • I can't tell if this is an AMG model or not. (image credit: Mitchell Tulk) I can't tell if this is an AMG model or not. (image credit: Mitchell Tulk)
  • Race on Sunday, sell on Monday. (image credit: Mitchell Tulk) Race on Sunday, sell on Monday. (image credit: Mitchell Tulk)
  • Who's a dirty car? (image credit: Mitchell Tulk) Who's a dirty car? (image credit: Mitchell Tulk)
  • Is the first gen. R8 better looking than the current one? (image credit: Mitchell Tulk) Is the first gen. R8 better looking than the current one? (image credit: Mitchell Tulk)
  • It wouldn't be a show and shine without a Mustang. (image credit: Mitchell Tulk) It wouldn't be a show and shine without a Mustang. (image credit: Mitchell Tulk)
  • How often do you see a four-wheel drive Monaro? (image credit: Mitchell Tulk) How often do you see a four-wheel drive Monaro? (image credit: Mitchell Tulk)

McLaren was easily the stand-out, as the brand had a Carbon Edition of the 675LT, a P1 hypecar that was never sold in Australia and a 1971 Can-Am M8E racer on display.

You could easily forget about the race, as there was plenty to grab your attention, especially if you asked nicely to sit in the show cars.

If you’ve got an itch to go racing but didn’t get the call up to pilot a GT3 car, you could jump on a simulator and live out your racing dreams.

There was something for everyone at this year's Bathurst 12 hour, and given there were far fewer people attending than at the 1000, it isn't a pain to checkout what's on offer.

What’s was your favourite thing to do off-track at the Bathurst 12 hour? Let us know in the comments.