Grand Prix on Sundays.
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Posted 25 September 2002 - 07:09
Will be interesting to see if proposed Bahriann GP is held on Friday!
Posted 25 September 2002 - 09:59
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Posted 25 September 2002 - 12:35
Originally posted by ensign14
I think South Africa ran on Saturdays right to about 1985.
Yep - correct. October 19th 1985.
Posted 26 September 2002 - 00:48
It was held on the Labor Day long weekend in Tasmania (not a holiday Australia-wide, Bathurst's annual October meeting is held on the Sunday of the NSW Labor Day weekend, which is based on the first Monday in October and thus the race may well be held in September*)... practice started on Friday and there were more sessions on Saturday with races, including heats for the main event, on the Saturday.
Sunday was always a day off. Whether this has some background in Sunday Observance I have no idea. After Longford closed the weekend became a regular for Symmons Plains, and while in latter years I know it has been held on Sundays (TV rules there...) I don't have my RCNs here and can't check about earlier times.
Lowood was a circuit that had problems with Sunday Observance protagonists, there being a religious group in the area who had the ear of the Defence people who pulled the strings on rental of the airfield for racing. This is why the QMSC (?) had to seek out an alternative venue when they had the Australian Grand Prix allocated for Queensland, ultimately settling on Leyburn. The crowd at that event was nothing short of surprisingly huge.
* Bob Morris was upset when he didn't win in 1975, as he'd observed that many winners of the Bathurst event had won their first victory when they were 26. He was 26 and a few days old at the 1975 race... but 1976 saw the race held on September 30... he was still 26 and he won.