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Honda immortalises Mount Panorama with Lego masterpiece

By Louis Cordony, 02 Jun 2020 News

Honda lego Bathurst Hondarama

Hondarama turns Bathurst into its own dreamscape

Honda has reimagined Mount Panorama in bricks, scaling down the iconic Bathurst racetrack into an interactive “dreamscape” about the size of a large dining room table.

The one-off project titled “Mount Hondarama” was built to celebrate Honda's sponsorship of television series Lego Masters’ second season and subtly nod to Jenson Button’s record setting lap in a Honda Civic Type R around the 6.213km circuit last year.

With a team of eight people the show’s lead judge Ryan ‘The Brickman’ McNaught finished this 150,000 brick monster in 650 hours. All up it weighs 210kg and spans 3.3m in length.

Hondarama Lego Bathurst track

Remote controlled Lego Honda Civic Type Rs that race around the ‘circuit’ are the main feature but even at its huge size only about five corners are squeezed on to the layout.

There’s still a kink at the end of either straight, presumably paying homage to The Cutting and The Chase, while the “Mount Panorama” block lettering on the mountain is the most faithful recreation on its 5.94-square metres.

Meanwhile brick versions of the NSX, Integra, original Civic and Prelude are displayed along the inside of The Mountain Straight and over 350 figurines around the circuit do their best to immortalise the fan culture that’s defined the race track.

Hondarama Lego Bathurst track

Honda’s plan was to display Hondarama at different locations around the country like it did with the full-size Lego Honda Civic Type R – itself a 320,000 brick beauty – last year. But while that’s not obviously able to happen right now you can get a good look at the set in the series of videos Honda’s released on YouTube.

You can see them here.