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GALLERY: #TBT CATALINA PARK

THEY used to be properly brave back in the day…

IMAGES: Mark Walker

If you are driving from Sydney to Bathurst via the Blue Mountains, there are plenty of tourist stops en route, none more interesting to rev heads than Katoomba’s Catalina Park.

Opened in 1961, the 2.1km strip of bitumen madness is a magnificent throwback to a wild era.

It’s hard to imagine Frank Matich flinging his SR4 around the wooden fence lined track on his way to the outright lap record, or the top touring cars of the day attacking the curves, like the time Bob Jane flung his Mustang over the wall.

It’s also hard to picture a Catalina flying boat parked on the adjacent lake.

Rallycross came and went, with low level club activity continuing on into the 1990s.

The track is still accessible today, and worth a visit before time eventually wears the facility back into the ground.

This week’s #TBT gallery was shot on Easter Monday 2014.