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#1 GMACKIE

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 21:34

As it is somewhere near 50 years since my first ever race, a case of nostalgia has struck. It was the 2nd Oran Park meeting [missed the 1st], however I can't remember the actual date.......does anyone know?

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#2 Glenn Moulds

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 23:44

As it is somewhere near 50 years since my first ever race, a case of nostalgia has struck. It was the 2nd Oran Park meeting [missed the 1st], however I can't remember the actual date.......does anyone know?


Greg

The second ever Oran Park meeting was 25 March 1962. Unfortunately I can't see you in the RCN report - were you driving a Beetle?

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 01:19

Greg

The second ever Oran Park meeting was 25 March 1962. Unfortunately I can't see you in the RCN report - were you driving a Beetle?


I was there! :clap: I was three weeks old, but I was there.

That was the first open meeting, I believe.


Anyway...



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#4 GMACKIE

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 02:35

Yes Glenn, of course I was driving a Beetle. :lol: Maybe it was the 2nd OPEN meeting?......it was 1962, although I'm not sure when - it's a bit blurry now.

Was that YOU making all that noise, Bruce? :lol: :lol:

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 03:37

IIRC the early Oran Park meetings were not greatly supported by the big names of the day because of the poor prize money and zero appearance monies. It was a matter of it becoming a popular venue to compliment Warwick Farm, Catalina and Bathurst that eventually won them over rather than OP's weakening. I remember my first visit with the people I was associated with was not until 1963. Once all drivers accepted it, the venue took off to the benefit of spectators, competitors and OP.

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#6 Glenn Moulds

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 09:46

I was there! :clap: I was three weeks old, but I was there.

That was the first open meeting, I believe.


Anyway...



BM


No doubt toting a camera, even then :lol:

I have trawled through my RCNs and have come up with these meetings for 1962, the first year.

Feb 18 - Closed Meeting (invited clubs MGCC, Manly-Warringah and Southern Districts (Sporting?))

March 25 - Closed Meeting (invited clubs North Shore, ARDC and Manly-Warringah)

May 13 - meeting listed in forthcoming events but no report or mention in subsequent articles. Probably not held.

July 1 - first Open Meeting (originally scheduled for July 29). Track was properly sealed for this meeting.

Sept 9

Nov 18 - a certain Greg Mackie bagged a second in the 8 lap Div 2 Touring and GT race :up:



#7 GMACKIE

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 10:04

Thank you for going to the trouble, Glen. :wave:

Nov. 18th makes sense, as I recall a warm day.....looks like a few months before my '50th', then.

#8 Ray Bell

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 12:07

Originally posted by GREG MACKIE
.....looks like a few months before my '50th', then.


You should manage to forget it all again by then...

#9 GMACKIE

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 20:54

You should manage to forget it all again by then...

Forget what?


#10 Ray Bell

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 21:36

Originally posted by MEG GRACKIE
Forget what?


Anything important...

#11 GMACKIE

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 22:00

Still getting your mords wuddled up, I notice. :rolleyes:

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#12 Ian G

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 23:34

..can we talk about Beer in this thread?, :lol: ,50 years in Motor Sport and all that.



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Posted 20 June 2012 - 23:36

No doubt toting a camera, even then :lol:


I had to wait until I was seven to get a camera. That's when all the trouble started. I still have that Kodak Instamatic somewhere...

Greg, the noise would have been when my younger brother came along, in 1963.




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#14 Ray Bell

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 22:50

I was sure you made plenty of noise too, Bruce...

I had that on very good authority from several people.