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Old 21 Apr 2018, 01:42 (Ref:3816719)   #16
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Story here on Oran Park these days - another Sydney race track that is now housing development.

Still drawing a crowd after all these years......

You've got to hand it to the Perich family, they are astute operators.
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Old 21 Apr 2018, 14:41 (Ref:3816795)   #17
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I used to go a lot. I remember being there one very hot and sunny day in the 80s. No shade on the hill, and only 1 little caravan run by two old ladies selling burgers and coke (very slowly). The line was a mile long! I ended up in hospital with heat stroke and extreme sunburn (Im a pale-freckly red hair git) so the spectator facilities were lacking. I think oran was a better venue.

But you could see nearly the whole track and pits, and it produced some great racing and always had lots of different classes. So it was worth it. Sorry it had to go
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Old 28 May 2018, 09:33 (Ref:3825163)   #18
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Had a good walk around Catalina Park today. Something about being able to walk around a overgrown racetrack with only the rusting Armco to show it actually was a circuit all those decades ago. So quiet. Almost eerie. Cannot imagine throwing a race car around there even in its prime but it would’ve been a blast.

Interestingly the info boards onsite mention a lot of races cancelled by rain and fog and the local racing club suffering financially after the track opening.
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Old 28 May 2018, 10:54 (Ref:3825187)   #19
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Oran Park was just fantastic. I recall taking a sneaky wee on the outside of Turn 2 in the wilderness and a snake popped out to say "Gidday mate". How that No.1 nearly became a No.2.

A cool race track that is greatly missed. Sadly, the Perich family haven't replaced it in any shape or form.
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Sadly, the Perich family haven't replaced it in any shape or form.
From what I was told (second hand), they wanted government help to replace it but the money went to Homebush and SMP instead, so they pulled the pin.
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The story I was told was that the Government was to assist in appropriately re-zoning a vast area of land to build said replacement, but they bailed on the idea.
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Been watching a few DVD’s on this track, what a great little circuit which always seemed to provide spectacular racing, shame we have lost it to suburbia.

Didn’t matter if it was open wheelers, sports sedans or touring cars they provide the spectator with top notch racing, not to mention plenty of panel rubbing and some big accidents.
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Story here on Oran Park these days - another Sydney race track that is now housing development.

Still drawing a crowd after all these years......

You've got to hand it to the Perich family, they are astute operators.
It was no secret that OP was always going to have a limited life even in the 1970's. I think the story of the owners building another track was just a that, a story made up by someone to give everyone hope. I said at the time that there would never be another track built in the Sydney basin and was told I did not know what I was talking about because the Perich family were going to do it at Picton near the Hume Highway intersection with Picton Road. Seeing that there was already residential development happening in that area a new circuit was never going to happen.

The loss of Amaroo Park was a major blow to motorsport in Sydney and largely contributed to the slow death of car clubs in Sydney and nearby regions. The multi use complex was perhaps the best of its type in Australia and when the rally ban was on it was the only place to compete. Anyone who went down the hill climb access road at speed would know what the word terror means.
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Another thing that stands out from watching the DVD, is the crowd numbers and the continuous track improvements over the years.

RIP Amaroo Park
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It was no secret that OP was always going to have a limited life even in the 1970's. I think the story of the owners building another track was just a that, a story made up by someone to give everyone hope. I said at the time that there would never be another track built in the Sydney basin and was told I did not know what I was talking about because the Perich family were going to do it at Picton near the Hume Highway intersection with Picton Road. Seeing that there was already residential development happening in that area a new circuit was never going to happen.

The loss of Amaroo Park was a major blow to motorsport in Sydney and largely contributed to the slow death of car clubs in Sydney and nearby regions. The multi use complex was perhaps the best of its type in Australia and when the rally ban was on it was the only place to compete. Anyone who went down the hill climb access road at speed would know what the word terror means.
Perich family were serious about a replacement but you can bet Govt was not happy without a controlling interest, photo opportunity etc!

https://www.smh.com.au/sport/motorsp...20-gdo7ro.html
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Perich family were serious about a replacement but you can bet Govt was not happy without a controlling interest, photo opportunity etc!

https://www.smh.com.au/sport/motorsp...20-gdo7ro.html
They can't have been because the sites chosen were not suitable but your view might differ. There is no way on earth that a new circuit was ever going to be built in the Sydney basin.

>Tony Perich, whose family company Leppington Pastoral owns Oran Park, has been speaking with the state government about zoning for three possible locations which he says are "not too far away" from Oran Park.<

Not too far from OP would have been awesome with all the new residential areas being planned in the same areas near and on OP. Sorry, but I can't take that linked article any more seriously today as back then, the facts don't stack up at all.
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I think the issue with the Oran Park replacement option was that while Tony became a motor racing fan in the years after the family bought Oran Park his sons that had taken over most of the operation of the family’s businesses had no interest in the sport.
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They can't have been because the sites chosen were not suitable but your view might differ. There is no way on earth that a new circuit was ever going to be built in the Sydney basin.

>Tony Perich, whose family company Leppington Pastoral owns Oran Park, has been speaking with the state government about zoning for three possible locations which he says are "not too far away" from Oran Park.<

Not too far from OP would have been awesome with all the new residential areas being planned in the same areas near and on OP. Sorry, but I can't take that linked article any more seriously today as back then, the facts don't stack up at all.
Wilton was the main contender, out in the sticks, but that was before we started bring in 200,000 people per year mainly in Sydney!
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Wilton was the main contender, out in the sticks, but that was before we started bring in 200,000 people per year mainly in Sydney!
That is the bit I didn't understand at the time as the new subdivision just east of the highway was already being put in so a track was never going to happen in that locality. The big advantage of electric racing cars might be that tracks closer to residential areas should be possible.
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That is the bit I didn't understand at the time as the new subdivision just east of the highway was already being put in so a track was never going to happen in that locality. The big advantage of electric racing cars might be that tracks closer to residential areas should be possible.
Having been involved with an electric. RC club in the past, residents will find something to complain about.
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