The Minardi F1x2 two-seaters visited Bendigo

Residents of the regional city of Bendigo turned out in force yesterday evening to watch the famous Minardi 2-seater Formula 1 cars strut their stuff down Pall Mall past the city’s historic buildings.

Former Minardi F1 team owner Paul Stoddart brought two of his Swisse-liveried F1x2 challengers to the town – located some 150 kilometres northwest of Melbourne – which shot to prominence in the 1800s during the Victorian gold rush.

Stoddart and former V8 Supercars driver Cameron McConville took turns ferrying lucky prizewinners up and down the main street, although he was frustrated that the city council would not allow him to run at more than 80km/h during the demonstration runs.

F1 visits Bendigo

“At the end of the day, we brought F1 to Bendigo and the weather was fantastic,” he told the Bendigo Advertiser newspaper. “Hopefully the people enjoyed it because that’s all that matters.”

Paul Stoddart
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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.