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Mount Panorama was called Waluu by the Aboriginals, who used the hill as a vantage point across their land. Waluu means look out. But it was racing drivers who had to look out from 1938.
Driven by the vision of the local mayor and car club, the dirt track roads were laid with Tarmac and, because funding was hard to come by, the loop was opened as a ‘scenic drive’ to appease local politicians. A few months later, the mayor declared it would be used as a race track…and the Australian GP was held there.
It has most famously held a long distance saloon car race, which was bumped up from 500km to 1000km in 1973. It has become the highest profile race in the country, even after the circuit was altered in 1987 to slow down the Conrod Straight. It has recently added a 12-hour race, which attracts an international field.
And, to appease politicians, the circuit is still open to the public when racing isn’t on... MJ