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1981 Castrol Rally

By WanniAss 19 July 2009 25

Following Mark Webber’s win in Germany last week, I pulled out my trusty 1981 Australian Motor Racing Yearbook to read about Alan Jones’s victory in Vegas.  

It also had a nice write-up about the 1981 Castrol Rally, and with Willo’s recent post on the Mt Ginn speedway I was wondering if the motorsport people could shed some light on where the tarmac stages were held.

The Yearbook describes them as “undeveloped suburbs to the south of Canberra”. There’s some footage on youtube if it helps.

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TP 3000 12:49 am 21 Jul 09

Maybe we should start this up again? Overall Crescent in Casey is half tarmac, half dirt, loop around there, down Horse Park Drive, cross over into the Horse Park Drive extension & then a right into Moncreiff.

But then again the dirt tracks used out in the area that will become the Mologlo Valley might be streets with houses one day. I’ll then tell my grandkids “Back in the old days (2008) I use to race on this road & won every race.” Of course I didn’t but it’ll shock them.

Farrerneil 10:37 pm 20 Jul 09

I have the memory that it was Fadden. The late Bob Lane recruited a few compadres from DoT [Ron Templeton and myself, at least] to assist the Motor Sport Club at various timing points over the weekend. I still have the T-shirt and some stickers. The lovely Anne Heaney will know – she was there.

Where is Fred G when you need him?

Holden Caulfield 11:11 am 20 Jul 09

Superb footage, thanks for finding that!

YapYapYap 11:49 pm 19 Jul 09

cranky said :

They had a couple of bike races at Macarthur. Spectating was great, as the circuit was in the natural amphitheatre, mainly using Jackie Howe Crescent.

I ran in a new motor in the race car in 1982, doing laps of this ‘circuit’. Not a soul for miles, so no consternation caused.

Fantastic planning by the Feds, to build serviced suburbs well before the land was required for building houses. Anathema to Sonic of course – no money in it!

Cranky, what in fact happened back then was that the Fraser Govt’s Razor Gang (headed by Phil Lynch) chopped the head/arms’legs off the public service and those suburbss with withheld from sale due to the ensuing economoc meltdown. It wasn’t what you’d call ‘planning’

Anna Key 10:33 pm 19 Jul 09

And no-one made a comment about the “undeveloped suburbs to the south of Canberra”! I thought this would be shooting fish in a barrel to the northsiders.

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