Dear Hardtop enthusiasts,

since May last year we have been working hard to bring you a Bathurst motorsport event that you would not forget. When we announced the dates for HTA 2017, we did so in good faith believing that the agreement we had with Bathurst Regional Council and the Bathurst Light Car club was good, and there was no reason to believe there would be any issues.

However, a couple of weeks ago we were informed that there was a problem and we may not be able to use the circuit. Since then we have continued to negotiate with the two parties to overcome this issue.

This morning I received a call from circuit management to inform us that running any type of motorsport event on Mt Panorama is not possible. Due to a contractual agreement between the Bathurst Regional Council and the “Challenge Bathurst” event to be held on the third weekend in November, we are unable to utilise the circuit for any form of competitive motorsport, or conduct any other activity at Mt Panorama on the allocated HTA weekend.

This is not something that we had anticipated, and we are very disappointed to say the least. Our motorsport partners have now moved their event to the end of November.

We respect the fact that you have no doubt applied for leave and made travel and accommodation arrangements, so moving the dates again is not an option. We will still be doing laps of the Mt Panorama circuit as part of the weekend’s activities and as responsible motorists, we will comply with NSW road laws and not exceed the 60km/h speed limit.

We want to make your HTA experience as complete and enjoyable as possible.


HTA 2017 - Entry Forms

Get ready as entry forms for the "Mega Fuel Hardtop Anniversary Bathurst 2017" are about to go live this week. You will be able to "Download" entry forms from the club website, print them off and send them to Scott at the club PO Box on the form. Please follow the instructions carefully and if you doing a direct deposit into the club account, *** make sure you include your name and rego number *** so Scott can identify your deposit.

President Roger

HTA 2017 — Event Format

Please view the HTA 2017 Event Format below.

• We would encourage all entrants to be in Bathurst by Thursday afternoon if possible. The first registration will take place between 2 pm and 4 pm on Thursday. This is a three day event and everyone needs to have completed registration no later than 3 pm on Friday.

• The second registration will take place from 10.30 – 12 noon and then from 1 – 3pm. The weekend will commence with a massed lap of the circuit by all entrants at 4.30pm on Friday and a meet and greet evening at the National Motor Racing Museum. There will be a BBQ with drinks and a wander through the museum. Two of the key Moffat Ford Dealer Team members will give a talk about their part in the preparation of the cars.

• Due to the unavailability of the track for any type of motorsport event, alternative activities are being planned. These will include cruising to various places of interest in the Bathurst area and a wine coach and lunch tour for any ladies who would prefer a day away from the guys. There will be a casual function in the evening at the Bathurst Harness Racing Club. There will be finger food, drinks, raffle draws, music and light entertainment involving entrants and partners.

• Sunday is show day. The venue for the show’n’shine will be in the heart of Bathurst. The show’n’shine will have trade stands, merchandise stalls, autograph sessions by the guest drivers and trophy judging. On Sunday evening, a presentation dinner will be held at the Panthers Club in the township. The evening will consist of trophy presentations, memorabilia auctions and an interview session with the drivers followed by a Q & A with the audience.