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THE BEND CLASSIC

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Get ready to be transported back in time at the all-new Bend Classic - a thrilling 3-day event that will ignite your senses. Witness the iconic roar of classic cars as they take to the circuit, explore captivating car displays, and test your skills on the karting track for an extra adrenaline boost.

  • Do I need a ticket on Friday to watch racing on the main track?
    No. Admission to the main track is FREE on Friday. A ticket however is required for Bull Throttle hosted from 6:30 pm – 9 pm on Friday 25th October on the Dragway at The Bend burnout pad.​
  • Do I need a separate ticket to attend each event across all precincts?
    Your single day or weekend pass entitles access to each precinct's General Admission area spanning the Dragway at The Bend, Main Circuit, Kartdrome, and everywhere in between on applicable days booked. For example, if you're coming on Friday, you will have general admission access to: - Car Museum from 8 am - Main Circuit racing on track from 9 am - Karting from 10 am (additional ticketing required) - Podium Park precinct with bars, food trucks, entertainment, and more from Midday. - Bull Throttle - Bulls, & Bikes Rodeo Show at Dragway at The Bend from 6:30 pm A breakdown of what's on daily can be accessed at the link below: Note: Saturday General Admission tickets include general admission access to the Country Music Festival.
  • Can I upgrade my General Admission ticket to Premium at the event?
    No. Premium ticketed experiences are limited and are likely to be exhausted well before the event.
  • What does the Texas Club Premium ticket include?
    The Texas Club is a Premium hospitality area with access to private, pay-as-you-go bars and food facilities. The Texas Club provides you with the best seats in the house including: · Bull Throttle VIP area on Friday Night at the Dragway Race Control Building · Podium Park VIP area on Saturday for the Country Music Festival Texas Club tickets can be purchased as a single day or weekend, and provide access to all other precinct events daily. Note: The Texas Club does not include F&B as part of the package, but access to private, pay-as-you-go bars, food facilities, and toilets.
  • Can I bring my child to the Texas Club?
    Yes. Children are welcome in the Texas Club. They must however have their own Texas Club ticket.
  • What do the Classic Prestige Experience Premium Tickets include?
    The Classic Prestige Experience Premium Tickets are packaged for 2 persons and include: · 2-nights Accommodation in Rydges Pit Lane Hotel (Friday and Saturday) · Bull Throttle Texas Club tickets on Friday Night at the Dragway Race Control Building · Podium Park VIP area tickets on Saturday for the Country Music Festival. Note: the Texas Club is a Premium hospitality area that does not include F&B as part of the package, but access to private, pay-as-you-go bars, food facilities, and toilets. Your Classic Prestige Experience package further admits access to all other precinct events across the event.
  • Do I need a separate ticket(s) to enjoy the amusement rides?
    All amusement rides are FREE for ticket holders. Better still, there are no caps on the number of rides. Enjoy!
  • I can no longer attend the event, can I get a refund?
    As per our terms and conditions, refunds are not available. You are however welcome to get in touch with us at customerservice@thebend.com.au as we may be able to exchange your ticket(s) for an alternate like-for-like event, permitting ticket availability exists. Exchange requests will only be considered prior to Oct 25 and are at our teams discretion.
  • I'm a Ute Muster competitor, what's included with my entry?
    Ute Muster competitor tickets include: Entry into over $2500 of Ute Muster Show 'N' Shine Prizes to be won. 3 day pass G/A for all the events across the classic. Ute Muster Camping pass Opportunity to purchase 3 x Discounted Competitor Crew tickets (3 x Day G/A Pass & Muster Camping) Opportunity to take your ute on the 'Muster Cruise' on Sunday of the event, driving a few laps of the iconic racetrack*.* Drivers must be 0.00 Blood Alcohol Reading to participate
  • What are the differences between each campsite besides its location?
    It can be overwhelming trying to decide what your best options are. Your choice is best determined by what your bringing with you: • For tents or rooftop tents (unpowered), book our Pit Straight Infield. It's the most central location and the best price! • For tents or rooftop tents (powered), book at BIG4 The Bend Holiday Park. Includes access to all park amenities and facilities. • For a Caravan or Motorhome, book at BIG4 The Bend Holiday Park. Note: Our Pit Straight Infield campsite will include ample portable toilets and showers, along with communal electricity points for charging electronic devices.
  • Which campsites are most suitable for families?
    Families are welcome in all campgrounds and there is a nice mix of families, large groups, and independent travellers. BIG4 at The Bend Holiday Park is however the best choice for families as you will also have access to park facilities which includes a games room, mini golf, playground, pool, and more!
  • Which campsites have accessible amenities?
    All campgrounds have permanent accessible toilets and showers available. Please contact our camping team via customerservice@thebend.com.au if you require a campsite in close proximity to accessible amenities
  • Can I choose a particular campsite position?
    Campsite positions will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Can I book a campsite on the day?
    Subject to availability, you may be able to book a campsite on the day. Our recommendation however is to not rely on this as spots are limited and expected to be sold in full prior to the event.
  • What day will the Pit Straight Infield campsites open?
    Pit Straight Infield campsites will open from 12:00 pm, Friday, 25 October 2024. All times are subject to change. Further communication will be sent detailing check-in procedures in September. Pit Straight Infield campers are able to depart from Midday on Sunday, 27 October 2024 with the space to be vacated in full by 5 pm on Sunday, 27 October 2024.
  • Am I able to move my vehicle in and out of the Pit Straight Infield campground?
    Yes, you can move your vehicle in and out of the Pit Straight Infield campground at selected periods across each day. Times are subject to change and will be communicated with the campsite holder in September.
  • Are Pets allowed at your campsites?
    Pets are not allowed on-site, including at campsites during Major Events such as The Bend Classic.
  • Are there limitations to how may cars you bring with you when camping?
    Yes. Please see the requirements below by camping area: • For BIG4 The Bend Holiday Park, you are entitled to 1 car per site. Parking for additional cars will be made available outside of the Park. • For Pit Straight Infield camping, you are entitled to 1 car per booking. Parking for additional cars will be made available in our event car park. You can move your vehicle in and out of the Pit Straight Infield campground at selected periods across each day. Times are subject to change and will be communicated with the campsite holder in September.
  • Will there be a designated camping area for Ute Muster participants?
    Yes, Ute Muster competitors will have access to the 'Muster Campsite' (You must have a Muster Campsite Ticket to enter Camping Grounds) which will be based in the Northern part of the Racetrack overlooking Turn 3 & 4 of the track. This camping space is ONLY available to Ute Muster competitors and friends. Set up your Swags and tents, or bring your van and enjoy the weekend with friends. Toilets and shower amenities provided, while event security will man the site. IMPORTANT CAMPING INFORMATION: Muster Campsites are all UNPOWERED (generators allowed) Camping is available to all your friends to join you (Must have 3-day pass and a Muster Camping Ticket) Competition Utes will be placed in a secure restricted competition paddock area away from the campsite. No sleeping in competition ute is allowed in the competition paddock area Ute daily bump in/out times from competition paddock will be provided closer to the event Shuttle buses will transfer you to and from the camping area to the event paddock muster site. Camping FAQ will be sent to all campers prior to the event.
  • Will there be shuttle buses available to help with commuting between precincts?
    Yes, we will have Shuttle buses available and running daily. Times vary daily based on event timings and are subject to change.
  • Does it cost extra to use the Shuttle Bus?
    Shuttle buses are FREE for all ticket holders.
  • Will there be bus services available from Tailem Bend and Murray Bridge?
    This is unlikely. Our team however is working through options and will provide any alternate updates here.
  • What time is karting open during the event?
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm daily – subject to bookings.
  • How old do you need to be to compete in an Adult Kart?
    Our minimum age is 14, while also meeting the height requirement of 138cm.
  • Do you have karts available for kids?
    We have Family Karts, meaning a child can sit passenger while an adult drives. They must be 8 years or older, and 100cm tall.
  • Do I need to pre-book a karting session?
    Bookings are preferred for all packages. Walk-ins accepted – subject to availability.
  • How long is each karting session?
    Sessions are 10 minutes long, with sessions running every 30 minutes.
  • What do I need to wear when karting?
    Enclosed shoes is all we require. Shirts/singlets and shorts are all acceptable.
  • Can I bring my own helmet to a karting session at The Bend Kartdrome?
    Yes, as long as your helmet is full-faced – no open face helmets.
  • Will the Car Museum be open? What does is cost?
    The Car Museum is open 365 days of the year and is FREE to enter.
  • Can I place bookings for APEX Bar and Dining?
    Yes, the team at APEX Bar and Dining would love to host you across The Bend Classic weekend. Bookings are limited. Get in early and book your table now to avoid disappointment. .
  • Can I book Hot Laps at the event?
    Yes. We will have opportunities available for you to purchase Hot Laps in the week leading up to and after the event. Check for availabilities at the link below to extend your trip and secure your seat!
  • How do I book a scenic helicopter ride?
    Scenic helicopter rides will run daily. Bookable online or in person on the day with our helicopter provider on a first come, first served basis. It's an absolute must do!
  • Where is the BBQ Village located?
    The BBQ village will be located adjacent to Podium Park and is open Saturday from 9 am. The Village will feature Australia’s Best Pitmasters competing in an ABA/SCA championship cook-off, plus: · BBQ Food Vendors​ · Stallholders​ · On Stage cooking demonstrations​ · Butcher demonstrations​ · Eating competitions​ · Bars · Plus, much more!​
  • What time is the Bull Throttle Show?
    Bull Throttle will be hosted from 6:30 pm – 9 pm on Friday 25th October on the burnout pad and on the Drag Strip.​
  • Will there be entertainment after the Bull Throttle Show?
    Yes! Straight after Bull Throttle show, get your dancing shoes on as we bring live music to the event, enjoy the best tunes from Dee Jaye Bux to bring in the night, before hitting the ‘hay’ ready for Day 2.​
  • What time do the cars race on the main track?
    Racing will be on the main track from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th October. Gates open at 9 am.
  • Who will be competing on the main track?
    Categories competing on the main track include: · Formula 5000 ​ · Historic F1 ​ · V8 Utes and Brutes​ · Group N​ · Member Sprint ​ · Modern sports / prototypes ​ · Historic Sports Sedans / IPRA​ ​ The event will include The Bend Classic Shoot out on Sunday which is for the top 10 times across all categories.
  • What time do the Nostalgia Drags race?
    Nostalgia Drags will be hosted on Saturday 26th May 10 am to 5 pm. Gates open at 9 am.
  • Who will be competing in the Nostalgia Drags?
    · Nostalgia Motorcycle, · Vintage Gas​ · Aussie Muscle​ · US Muscle​ · Modern Muscle​ · Hot Rod ​ · Middle Eliminator ​ · Top Eliminator, Top Gas & Classic Demonstrations
  • Will there be entertainment for kids?
    Yes, there will be Family Zone packed to the brim with activities and amusement rides for kids of all ages to enjoy. Amusement rides including the 'Hurricane' and 'Ferris Wheel' will be FREE for all ticket holders. Watch this space for updates.
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