Bathurst 1000, 2019: Campground race fans unite to build their site | Photos, pictures

HIGHER is better when it comes to the Bathurst 1000, campers at the King George Tavern II campsite say.

They are among thousands of people who are currently calling the Paddock Campground home as they take in all the Race Week action.

The group's 15 people make the pilgrimage from Forbes to Bathurst each year and team leader Matt Drane said they've worked hard on having the best site.

"We were sitting on the top of an old van one day and we came up with this idea," he said of their current set up.

The idea was to convert an old shipping container into the lap of luxury for this group.

And, luckily for the campers, Mr Drane owns MD Steel in Forbes so he was easily able to create them the luxurious campsite they now have.

The converted shipping container sits on top of a flat bed truck, and on top of that is a viewing platform.

Both levels of their huge camping structure have a television, both have bars, but the beer fridge is on level one.

Level one is air conditioned with windows on three sides that allow for an expansive view of other campsites across the Paddock Campground.

"You don't have to go anywhere, we've got everything," Mr Drane said.

When the team first begun their annual pilgrimage to the Great Race in 1998 they would go out in Bathurst most nights, but these days the kids come along and the site is a family affair.

This year, however, the entire campsite of 15 people headed into town for Super Wednesday Race Week celebrations and then off to the pub.

ALL THE LUXURIES: The King George Tavern II camp site crew. Photo: NADINE MORTON 101219nmfaces22

ALL THE LUXURIES: The King George Tavern II camp site crew. Photo: NADINE MORTON 101219nmfaces22

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