This year will be a very different type of Bathurst 1000, and due to coronavirus restrictions, only 4,000 tickets will be offered per day.
- The 4-day Bathurst 1000 event sells about 50,000 tickets per day.
- Only 4,000 pieces are sold daily this year and there is no truck camp due to COVID-19 restrictions.
- Companies expect a significant reduction in tourists to the town due to restrictions
A great race carnival usually begins a few days before Sunday’s climax of the 1,000km endurance race.
Event organizer supercars usually sell 50,000 tickets a day to see the action unfold at Mount Panorama-Walu.
This limit means that the number of visitors to the town will drop dramatically, which could have a “quite large” blow to businesses, including Oxford Hotel.
He said school vacations, especially weekend warriors from Sydney, brought a welcome infusion of cash into the town during the pandemic, but that did not make up for the influx of race fans.
“Traditionally, it’s the week that we pick us up after a cold, late winter,” he said.
“Traditionally winter is our quietest time, it is the quietest time for everyone, and then it awakens us and prepares for summer.”
Lions said he registered staff as quickly as on school vacation, but didn’t know what to expect.
“There is no icing on the cake”
Camping is an important part of the Bathurst experience, with thousands of people flooding the Mount Panorama campground a few days after the race begins.
However, this year there were no mountain camps due to COVID-19 restrictions and ticket owners were told to look for accommodation in town instead.
Elaine Hamer has farm stays in Perthville, 7 km from the truck or 2 km to fly crows.
She usually said that up to 150 campers stayed in her paddock. This year she expected not to exceed 20.
“V8 weekends are usually weekends with a little icing on the cake when it comes to business,” she said.
“Sure, that will affect my overall annual income.”
Some of her patrons, including guards and members of the race team, are still camping.
She said it helped ease the pain of refunding thousands of dollars to other campers.
“Usually I don’t think about anything other than maintaining amenities, getting trash in and out, checking in people, and checking people while driving,” Hummer said.
Missing soccer club
The Bathurst City Red Tops Soccer Club operates a canteen at the top of Mount Panorama, feeding hungry campers a sausage sizzle.
There will be no spectators this year.
Fiona Prosser said the club would miss thousands of dollars in funding.
“It helps families who are financially disadvantaged or have problems with domestic violence,” she said.
“It also helps with all kinds of uniforms needed … all kinds of equipment, balls and cones.”
Prosser said some of the campers who couldn’t compete in this year’s race created social media campaigns to ensure that the money they normally spend on steak sandwiches still finds a way to the club.
And while the Bathurst 1000 is still on the decline, other events on the track that the cafeteria corresponds to have been cancelled.
“If we keep going, we’ll be fighting a bit because we’re a self-funded soccer club,” Prosser said.
Isaac Bernardi, general manager of Bathurst IGA, said he had no idea what the impact would be on supermarket sales.
He said boosts on items such as alcohol, snacks, finger foods and chairs in particular have virtually doubled over regular weekends.
“This is a surge in income that the town is looking forward to. If we can’t get the number of people attended like in the previous year, it would be terribly overlooked,” Bernardi said. I got it.
“It’s not just the Bathurst 1000. We’re active in many towns and there are a lot of canceled events.
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