Wakefield Park’s quarter century
Goulburn’s Wakefield Park chalks up 25 years in 2019. The circuit was conceived and built by Historic car buffs Paul Samuels and John Carter and was officially opened by New South Wales Premier John Fahey in November 1994, with former Formula One world champion Sir Jack Brabham completing the first official laps of the circuit. Although the track has hosted high profile events including rounds of the Australian Superbike Championship, it was built primarily with club and historic racing in mind and originally presented in retro style along the lines of the famous Brooklands circuit in Britain. In 2000, the circuit was purchased by Paul Phillips and Rob Hodgkinson (son of former Isle of Man rider Barry Hodgkinson) who undertook slight modifications to the original circuit design which remain to the present day. In 2007, Benalla Auto Club (owners of Winton Raceway) purchased the circuit and have instigated several prominent events, not least the nowannual All Historic meeting, to be held on 1st September 2019.