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Old 3 Aug 2013, 00:10 (Ref:3285202)   #31
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Baypark Raceway was the local track here at Mount Maunganui from 1968-1995ish.Where once Formula 5000's roared around its now a housing estate with a few appropriately named streets.



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Old 8 Aug 2013, 03:59 (Ref:3287143)   #32
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I've been to a few. Lakeside in Qld was abandoned when I went to it (about 2007?) but has since had historic meetings run at it, the old Lobethal road circuit that held the Australian Grand Prix in the Adelaide hills and I have been to Longford in Tasmania but did not drive the circuit.

The most evocative though was the Catalina Park circuit in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney. It was set in parkland and the entire track is still there complete with the railway sleeper fence, you could even see some signs of the rallycross circuit in the 'infield'. Weeds were growing through the tarmac and surrounding vegetation would be an obstacle in places.
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Old 8 Aug 2013, 05:17 (Ref:3287163)   #33
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Old 9 Aug 2013, 03:41 (Ref:3287463)   #34
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Any photos?
Google Maps still shows the layout quite clearly.

Enter these coordinates 3342′44″S 15018′14″E
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Baypark Raceway was the local track here at Mount Maunganui from 1968-1995ish.Where once Formula 5000's roared around its now a housing estate with a few appropriately named streets.



Had a quick look on Google maps.
Looks like the developers/ fun police did not want anybody trying out the old track.
They don't seem to have been McLaren fans either.
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Old 9 Aug 2013, 10:49 (Ref:3287561)   #36
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Any photos?
A quick Google search brings up.

http://www.clubcobra.com/photopost/d...m/catalina.jpg

http://www.motorsportretro.com/wp-co...atalina_01.jpg

http://www.motorsportarchive.com/Bru...mba%201966.jpg

http://www.flickr.com/photos/2667006...th/6644427651/
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Thanks. Why IS this subject so fascinating?!
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They don't seem to have been McLaren fans either.
Bruce McLaren never drove at Bay Park.I'm not even sure if Denny Hulme did,if he did it was in a touring car.
There was another street track (1960's) around the streets of Mt Maunganui that you can still drive around today,I'm sure McLaren would have driven there.
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That's one heck of a grab shot!

These are the kind of shots that I find the most enthralling - the left-over faded signs, what's left of bits of the track. It just strikes a chord somehow.....
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This sort of thing fascinates me - it helps if you're a (possibly misguided) nostalgist like me. I have the first "Autodrome" book and also Julian Hunt's excellent book on tracks and hillclimbs in the UK "Motorsport Explorer". I've really always wanted to spend a couple of months on the Continent, looking up the old courses which are mentioned in classic reports and biographies - Motor Sport magazine did a series of features on these tracks which made interesting reading.

Strictly speaking, most of the tracks in Europe aren't any such thing, since they're largely composed of public roads, such as Rheims and Rouen. I've long wanted to visit those lesser circuits which crop up in accounts of overseas adventures by British privateers and smaller teams - Chimay, Mettet, Cadours etc.. And drive down the "Muldoon" - is that possible now? So much has changed at La Sarthe.... And then there's Sitges in Spain, and Solitude in Germany...it goes on and on, it could take me months. Then add to that those magnificent roads which made up the European Hillclimb Championship, all public roads which can still be covered in your own car.

Oh.... and the Targa Florio, and then there's the Mille Miglia.......crikey, I'll need 6 months, at least, cos I also wanted to see WW1 and WW2 battlefields. The cost, the cost........
Bugger the cost if you have time GO DO IT you will have memories that nobody can take away from you.
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Old 10 Aug 2013, 12:29 (Ref:3287959)   #41
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THE original Surfer's Paradise International Raceway on the Broadbeach- Nerang road was torn up in late 70s early 80s for a golf course which has now been torn up a lakeside housing estate and the only thing still standing is entrance sign and concrete driveway. IF I can find old photo's will post them.
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Old 13 Aug 2013, 03:47 (Ref:3289093)   #42
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Any photos?
Yes quite a few, but I will have to dig them out of an old hard drive. Looking at the flickr link that Alan posted, I initially wondered if they were ones I'd taken (I think I uploaded them to fotopic). Things like the water running across the tarmac appear identical, as does the 'overgrowth'. I took quite a few photos as I wasn't sure at the time which direction the track ran (clockwise or anti).

The race track is shown on google maps in Frank Walford Park in Katoomba NSW, Red Hill St is adjacent to the circuit.
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Old 16 Aug 2013, 07:44 (Ref:3290587)   #43
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THE original Surfer's Paradise International Raceway on the Broadbeach- Nerang road was torn up in late 70s early 80s for a golf course which has now been torn up a lakeside housing estate and the only thing still standing is entrance sign and concrete driveway. IF I can find old photo's will post them.
Last race meeting was in 1987. The golf course next door bought the circuit, purely to close it down an the noise from the cars was disturbing the golfers. I did a sprint there in '94 or '95, everything was still there, but all run down and neglected.
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Last race meeting was in 1987. The golf course next door bought the circuit, purely to close it down an the noise from the cars was disturbing the golfers. I did a sprint there in '94 or '95, everything was still there, but all run down and neglected.
Knew about the golf course bit as I delivered some equipment for new course that became Palm Meadows. There was also an Airfield running behind the pits inside track.
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For any interested in Canadian courses, I came across this rather extensive list of abandoned speedways... lots of short-track ovals it seems:

http://www.canadianracer.com/old-tracks.asp

There's also Riverview near Thunder Bay:

http://wikimapia.org/22849894/Riverview-Raceway-Defunct

You can soon add the speedway at Mosport/Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, which is now done and will be re-developed into part of the Driver Development Track I believe.

A few other shuttered ones listed on the 'pedia... Edenvale airport would be the closest road course to me I think.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...acks_in_Canada

Sorry about the lack of photos... but many are linked from that first set of speedways. I should go exploring.
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