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rac­ing’s hum­ble be­gin­nings on dirt strip at Pak­en­ham, Mel­bourne, seemed to have stalled when the South­ern Hot Rod Club was forced to with­draw from the site in 1961. But hot rod­der Gra­ham ‘Bluey’ Wil­son then pointed out a strip of as­phalt 60 me­tres wide and over 1.6km long hid­den be­hind high grass near the Yarra River, at Fish­er­mans Bend, just out­side the Mel­bourne CBD.

It was an old land­ing strip built to ser­vice the nearby Com­mon­wealth Air­craft Cor­po­ra­tion (CAC) but largely in dis­use, de­spite hav­ing been used for nu­mer­ous mo­tor rac­ing events over the pre­vi­ous 15 years. With the back­ing of the Vic­to­rian Po­lice Mo­tor Sport Club, the newly

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