The biggest race on the calendar is upon us, which means we pack all the bells and whistles into our shiny transporter and send our main man Warick “Wazzie” Beams down to Bathurst with precious cargo.
Honestly, we couldn’t think of anyone better to trust with all the goods, and Wazzie is no stranger to the route to the mountain.
It’s full steam ahead for preparations, with the transporter hitting the road Sunday morning. So, before Wazzie hits the ol’ dusty trail, we sat down to hear the 10-4 on the road to Bathurst.
Tell us all about the run to Bathurst, what’s the itinerary?
The run down to Bathurst is close to 1,200 kilometres and nearly 12 hours of driving. We can’t make it in 12 hours, so we do a stop overnight. We go from our HQ here in Banyo out to Goondiwindi, which takes about four to four and a half hours and we have a break there. Then we head off down to Gilgandra, then do another break, fuel up the trucks and head off to Dubbo and stop at a hotel there. Then it’s NRL Grand Final time! We stay the night and watch the footy and head to bed ready to head off early in the morning to get the trucks washed. Park up is Tuesday, so we are nice and prepared.
Do you have any Bathurst drive rituals?
We always drive down to Bathurst on Grand Final weekend, so that has become a bit of a ritual with the other fellas who head on down too.
Do you come across any interesting things on your drive to the mountain?
There is always plenty to see on the trip down. I always get stopped by people who come and have a chat with you. I find that a lot of people don’t know what role I actually do, a lot of them think I just drive the truck and that’s it, it’s not as easy as everyone thinks. Once I get to the track it’s unloading then I am on tyre duty, so it’s always busy. You get so much wildlife on the road down too, which tends to make it interesting, I haven’t cleaned up any ‘roos on the way down to Bathurst, yet, fortunately.
What is your go-to Bathurst road trip song?
Such a big drive requires a great soundtrack. I listen to anything from Guns N’ Roses to the John Butler Trio when I do most of my trips.
What is the best part about the Bathurst 1000 for you?
For me, it’s turning onto the track and getting a photo in P1 position when I first turn up. Nothing beats that first moment you turn up to Mount Panorama.