• Oct 7, 2009
Bathurst 1000 fan enjoying a coldie during The Great Race

You know what's not aces? When you're just trying to drink a little amber fluid and watch the Bathurst 1000 and the man treats you like a total bogan. What business is it of his how many coldies you drink when it's time to hit the turps? This makes us so mad we could eat a trough lolly! No doubt a pommy bastard thunk this 'un up...

And that marks the end of our silly attempt to sound Australian. However, it does not end our amusement over the fact that Australian officials have set a 24-beer per day limit on fans attending the Bathurst 1000. As in, you are allowed to drink 24 beers, but not 25. Cause you know, there's a huge difference. Why are they enacting this draconian alcohol policy? To cut down on booze-related crime of course.

If you don't know, the Bathurst 1000 is known in the Land Down Under as "The Great Race." Only V8 Supercars are allowed to compete. These days in Australia V8 Supercars consist of either the Holden Commodore or the Ford Falcon. That's it. Thousands of blokes and sheilas turn up in the town of Bathurst to watch the cars run, and turns out they like drinking.

Says police assistant commissioner Alan Clarke, "This is one of the greatest motorsport events in Australia and for some it is a pilgrimage that they make every year... Every year thousands of race fans attend and enjoy the event and Police will not allow their safety to be compromised by a drunken few." So there you have it. Drink your 24 beers, keep your nose clean and you shouldn't have any trouble. Oh, if you drink low- or medium-strength beer, the cops will let you have up to 36. Sweet! Hat tip to Bumbeck.

[Source: Reuters | Image: Ryan Pierse/Getty]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Good choice on the barley pop there... Victoria Bitter is a fine brew indeed.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Which reminds me, i need to head in to San Francisco to get me a case.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's the one thing I forgot to bring down with me when I moved back to SD from the Bay Area a couple months ago.

        I guess I now have an excuse to go back up there haha

        VB here I come!
        • 5 Years Ago
        love vb!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wait, you mean you can get VB in the States? Why is this not widely known?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thanks for noticing -- we actually spend 30 minutes picking it out.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Creative minds will find ways to sneak in more beer.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I didn't read all the comments, but the cans are 375ml, just a little bigger than a US coke can.

      And i can assure you, this race is anything but boring.

      As an Aussie in the US, i can't wait for the torrent d/l to become available.

      I wish someone here would cover it live.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Holden and Ford - how boring ... Zzzzzzzz !!

      Atleast in NASCAR they have Toyota stirring up the comp and doing a good job may i add.
        • 5 Years Ago
        At least the bathurst track has both left AND right corners.

        Toyota, Chev or Ford doesn't matter in nascar, they're all the same car-of-tomorrow chassis.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Only 2 dozen beers, damn, how is it no the drunkenness country ever.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I need to check this out someday. It makes the infield at Talladega sound tame.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How in the hell are they going to enforce this?
      • 5 Years Ago
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      • 5 Years Ago
      This battle has been going on for decades at 'the mountain'

      A 'case' of beer is 24 (cans, bottles etc). So the limit is a case per day per person. If you're there for the weekend, your average bloke could easily drink 2 cases per day... the race does go an entire day and there's absolutely nothing else to do up there at night!

      The scenario is: As your vehicle enters the road leading to the camping grounds at the top of 'the mountain' they search your vehicle and count up the number of 'cases' divided by the number of heads in the car and the number of days before the race you arrive. They've been doing that for decades.

      The annual ritual is to find ways to stow the maximum number of 'cases' in a vehicle out of sight... under the floor... in doors... quarter panels... Ute trays are especially good for this.. Anything short of disassembling the vehicle, they're not gonna find them at a gate check.

      The "hit the turps" one had me laughing!
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's really to prevent the overflowing of portable urinals. They can only hold so much. =P
      • 5 Years Ago
      140 kangaroos were shot the keep the race safe this year after that last year.

      I hope it wasnt this guy...he deserves to live
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Trr90QgxBnw&feature=player_embedded

      Bathurst is one of THE best races in the world IMHO.

      Cheers M.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not too bad on the Aussie lingo but "the man" isn't something we say generally. We tend to blame the PM or state premier, depending on who's jurisdiction it falls under. (In this case its a state issue)

      @ BigMcLargeHuge: who says people are using the portaloos? lol
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