WHAT IS arguably Australia’s most coveted motorsport residence has found a new owner with a plan to develop the 10-acre site for diehard Bathurst fans.
While the current owner of at 505 Conrod Straight, Mount Panorama rented out basic camping spots to Bathurst 1000 ticket holders who wanted just about the closest accommodation to the action, Wheels subscribers Keith and Margaret Tucker will give the address a comprehensive resort makeover in time for the 2018 action.
Subject to council approval, the new resort will fill the featureless paddocks with accommodation for more than 100 motorsport enthusiasts, including six self-contained lodges and barns, and generous spaces for up to 30 caravans.
Keith Tucker, who hasn’t missed Bathurst in 37 years – even though it once meant postponing his honeymoon – already owns a number of Automotive businesses, told Wheels he has pledged to enhance the coveted plot’s motorsport connection and “keep the site a rev-head’s paradise all year round”.
Just how much the property changed hands for has not been made public, but the current owner Simon Montgomery has been asking $2.7m for the past year and previously told Wheels he would not accept less.
Like all accommodation that puts V8 Supercars aficionados track-side, reservations are expected to carry a hefty premium, but we doubt that will stop droves of V8 supporters flocking to 505conrodstraight.com.au when it goes online for bookings in January next year.
As it stands, the property features an immaculate main residence with separate large garage and additional living quarters, swimming pool and extensive gardens.
The neighbourhood is normally a leafy and peaceful area offering beautiful views of the surrounding New South Wales countryside, although traffic can become a problem at certain times of year with some tourists cracking 300km/h.