Melbourne’s Other 1950s Lakeside Circuit Uncovered

Australia is dotted with relics that are hiding in plain sight for keen motorsport archeologists to find, with one such site existing in Melbourne’s western suburbs, a track that briefly played host to the greats of Australian motorsport. At the same time as the Australian Grand Prix circuit was being formed by the Light Car Club around the Albert Park Lake in the city’s inner suburbs, only 10km to the west, another track was brought to life, coincidentally, also around a body of water. The Altona Road Circuit was literally constructed on the edge of what is now known as

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Western Australia’s Street Circuit Revival

In the far south of Western Australia, motorsport continues to thrive with the annual running of the Albany Classic, drawing together a range of historic classes to race around the houses, in celebration of the granddaddy of WA's street circuits. Images: Unlabelled Photography The modern iteration of the event is a throwback to the original Albany Tourist Trophy of 1936, which was a handicap race contested over 25 laps on a 4km long road course through the centre of town, all in front of an estimated attendance of 10,000 curious onlookers. With the streets freshly bitumenised, Peter Connor claimed

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Year-by-Year: Winton’s Awesome History

Winton Motor Raceway has packed a lot of history into the last 62 years, with the “Nation’s Action Track” continuing to evolve, this weekend playing host to a return of the Supercars Championship. From humble beginnings, the facility has grown in stature to now be a regular fixture on the national calendar, hosting events ranging from Supercars to the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix. The venue is the oldest continually operational circuit in Victoria, with Winton’s first race in 1961 pre-dating Calder Park and Sandown (1962), and although the modern Phillip Island circuit opened in 1956, it has twice been closed

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Circuit feature Mark Walker March 21, 2022

$40mil Funding Green Light for New QLD Track

In a massive few days for motorsport in political circles, it appears that Queensland is one step closer to receiving a significant new motorsport facility. Hot on the heels of the return of the Adelaide 500 and the Adelaide Motorsport Festival following Labor’s South Australian state election win, further north, all three levels of government have signed off on the South East Queensland City Deal, which is set to inject $1.8b into local projects. One beneficiary of the funding is the new Wellcamp Entertainment Precinct, a part of the Wagner Corporation’s Wellcamp project in Toowoomba. An earlier video outlining

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Circuit feature Mark Walker February 19, 2022

Replaced by Mount Panorama: Bathurst’s Original Racetrack

Picture this: A race track on the backroads of Bathurst that was so wild that it had to be replaced by Mount Panorama. That layout was the Vale Circuit, and it’s a must-visit on your next Bathurst pilgrimage. The best part is, the crazy, undulating 11.635km blast through the countryside largely remains in place to this day, and it’s all in the shadows of the Mount Panorama circuit, a short drive from the downtown business area. Photo: Richard Craill In the Beginning… Saying that the Vale Circuit is Bathurst’s original racetrack isn’t quite telling the truth. Motorsport, and specifically

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Circuit feature Mark Walker January 29, 2022

Darlington Park: The Secret Ford V8 Supercar Base

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a place floating around with more stories than Darlington Park!” Introducing Gene Corbett, whose Total Driver business operated out of Darlington Park up until the venue’s closure, a time when the facility was on the verge of becoming the home of Ford’s V8 Supercars operations. The Darlington Park backstory: Part 1 – The venue over time. Part 2 – Murder, masterplans and a mountain pass. "He was typical of those old school guys, he was very much an entrepreneur, he worked harder than a Mallee Bull, he put most 20-year-olds to shame, and if

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Circuit feature Mark Walker January 22, 2022

Darlington Park: Murder, Masterplans and a Mountain Pass

In the opening leg of this three-part deep dive into the history of Queensland's Darlington Park Raceway, we looked at the sequence of events that saw an epic race track built, but never seriously raced on. Created by Tony Stephens, the race track surface was actually sealed and used by various forms of low-level motorsport over the years, however, at the time of its closing in 2005, much of the supporting infrastructure for a typical circuit had not been put in place. Since its inception, there was much talk in the media about the possibilities of the facility, which at

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Circuit feature Mark Walker January 18, 2022

$100 Million Motorsport Country Club Circuit Set for Perth

Inspired by similar motorsport country club concepts internationally, the $100 million Club Moolia is set to attract high flyers from across the region to Perth when it opens in 2023. After initially being launched in 2020, press on the venture is once again kicking into gear. Located an hour north of the Perth CBD, or 45min from Wanneroo Raceway in rural Bindoon, the venue is slated to feature premium facilities, including a 4.1km long, 17 turn FIA approved Formula One inspired race track, a lagoon designed by Crystal Lagoons®, and a first-class sports academy for tennis and motorsport. The circuit

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Circuit feature Mark Walker January 15, 2022

Darlington Park: Epic Track, Built & Never Raced On

Following the closure of Surfers Paradise International, left with only Lakeside, Queensland was a one-track state. However, before Queensland Raceway was opened, an epic track was built, but never raced on. In Darlington Park, south-east Queensland had a fantastic permanent circuit, with the potential for the layout to be extended to take on Bathurst with a frightening mountain pass. Mired in controversy from day one, the awesome ribbon of blacktop through the trees at Yatala was ideally located smack bang halfway between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, and was utilised by some interesting forms of motorsport. In three parts, The

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Mallala’s Missing Metres

LOOK AT MALLALA from above and there remains a faint outline of what is clearly abandoned race track. It's a little known tale that the 2.6km circuit North of Adelaide was actually once much longer than it is these days. So, what happened? Why was it shortened? This is the story of Mallala's missing metres.. FEW AUSTRALIAN circuits have remained untouched from when they first opened their pavement to cars or bikes and competitive motorsport. Fly around the various racing circuits in Australia and you’ll not find many that retain an identical layout to what they started with. Mount Panorama

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