Lowood and Huntley Hill
I hope you will excuse the informal salutation. We have corresponded before, but not for some time. I think it was in the context of the ‘unstraightening’ of The Courseway on the Gnoo Blas circuit. My question concerns the right/left dogleg between BP and Bardahl at Lowood, as shown in the
retouched aerial photo and the adjacent diagram on page 55 in Issue No 72 of OBA. This feature does not appear in other representations of the circuit (all from car racing sources), although one such (attached) shows a wide section of tarmac in this area which could have accommodated a range of layouts. Am I correct in assuming that this dogleg was only used for motorcycle racing? If so, what arrangements were made for the combined car/motorcycle meetings? None of these points are covered in the text, nor in any other sources I have come across. I have one more question. Some time ago you published a Tracks in Time covering motorcycle-only hillclimbs at King Edward Park, Newcastle. I recall having seen a reference to such events also being held on the Huntley Hill, near Dapto. Is there enough available information about these to put together another Tracks in Time?
Mark Taylor Via email
It may be that this section on Lowood was wide tarmac fronting a series of hangers and other buildings. As far as I can work out there was only one layout used for both cars and motorcycles. Concerning Huntley Hill, information is scarce and photos even scarcer, but if any readers can help in this regard I am happy to run a story in future. – Ed
RIGHT Aerial shot of Lowood Circuit showing the wide area of tarmac – highlighted in red on the map above.