Syd­ney Show­ground

Australian Muscle Car - - Sacred Sites Special -

This

fa­mous Syd­ney Show­ground dirt track, some­times de­scribed as the best speed­way fa­cil­ity in the world, would at­tract over 25,000 spec­ta­tors in the mid-six­ties for cham­pi­onship meet­ings.

The ap­peal of Speed­way Royale was a var­ied mix of mo­tor­cy­cles (so­los and side­cars) and cars (speed­cars and su­per mod­i­fieds) plus a pres­sure-cooker at­mos­phere that re­sulted in some hor­rific fa­tal crashes.

In this pe­riod the fastest cars started rear of field, lead­ing to some des­per­ate moves by the quick guys carv­ing through. There were re­ports of spec­ta­tors ask­ing for their money back if there were no prangs that night.

Crowds were also healthy in the early pro­duc­tion car era although the no­to­ri­ously nar­row one-third mile (509 me­tres) cir­cuit, with its slick dolomite sur­face, wasn’t suited to the larger sedans.

One of the more mem­o­rable events held here was the 1972 Grand Fi­nal of the Craven

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.