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#1 TerryS

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Posted 09 July 2022 - 09:12

For interest details attached.

 

Includes some fantastic historical photos and details.

 

Photos of Brabham's Redex Special are very good

 

Melbourne’s Other 1950s Lakeside Circuit Uncovered – The Race Torque



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#2 DogEarred

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Posted 09 July 2022 - 09:34

A Melbourne friend of mine has just told me that there's a new track near the Victoria/NSW border, with loads of corners,

 

Can't remember the name though.



#3 Ray Bell

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Posted 09 July 2022 - 11:18

Well, it's not Altona...

 

The bitumen was laid directly on the dried-up edge of the lake for at least a part of the lap, the Charge Brothers had come up with the idea and saw it through.

 

Of course, when a wetter season came along and those bits flooded it was simply doomed.

 

Doggie... you'll have to come up with a name, mate.



#4 GreenMachine

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Posted 09 July 2022 - 12:50

A Melbourne friend of mine has just told me that there's a new track near the Victoria/NSW border, with loads of corners,

 

Can't remember the name though.

 

Wodonga I believe, actually out on the highway to Melbourne.



#5 DogEarred

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Posted 09 July 2022 - 13:04

Maybe that one - he does Porsche track days.

He just told me he was talking about Sailem Bend, south east of Adelaide. Seems to have been there 6 or seven years.

#6 Ray Bell

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Posted 09 July 2022 - 13:08

That would be Tailem Bend in South Australia...

 

It's on the site of the old Chrysler/Mitsubishi test grounds, upgraded into decent circuit material three or four years ago but in use for a variety of things - including Formula Student - for a long time.

 

Hume Weir was at Wodonga (or Albury) but closed in 1985.



#7 Catalina Park

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Posted 10 July 2022 - 00:11

There is a circuit called the Wodonga TAFE Driver Training centre at Barnawartha North.



#8 Ray Bell

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Posted 10 July 2022 - 02:04

A bit interesting...

 

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It looks to be almost 2kms long.

 

From memory, Brad Jones was involved with the TAFE in setting up the motorsports courses.



#9 Beggysmalls

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Posted 11 July 2022 - 04:45

For interest details attached.

Includes some fantastic historical photos and details.

Photos of Brabham's Redex Special are very good

Melbourne’s Other 1950s Lakeside Circuit Uncovered – The Race Torque



I used to live not far from Altona lake and used to walk around it quite a bit. Nothing that could be seen that looked remotely like track although you could see how easily it would have flooded when the creek overflowed it is very flat and everything surounding it is just a little bit higher up.

#10 Ray Bell

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Posted 11 July 2022 - 08:08

I don't remember when I went looking for it, probably in the mid-seventies...

 

I did find little stretches of bitumen, but it was (as you say) featureless and it was bleak.



#11 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 12 July 2022 - 06:21

Maybe that one - he does Porsche track days.

He just told me he was talking about Sailem Bend, south east of Adelaide. Seems to have been there 6 or seven years.

TAILEM Bend. The Bend Motorsport Park. 


Edited by Lee Nicolle, 12 July 2022 - 06:23.