Lowood and Hunt­ley Hill

Old Bike Australasia - - BLOW YOUR OWN -

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.

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