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The Six Hour, rumours of a revival caught my attention early in 2009. Rumours turned to fact and with the imminent demise of Oran Park in Sydney's west what better way to farewell the circuit than a Six Hour!  Incredibly I had not been to Oran Park since the 1980 Coca Cola 800, having watched all the earlier Oran Park Six Hour Events on television, that was unacceptable this time, Oran Park required attendance and a final send off.

I have recorded imagery of the Six Hour Race, the Parade Lap of previous Six Hour Riders and their Machinery, memories of prior events at Oran Park and to my amazement the urban sprawl clearly evident on Oran's doorstep! In fact Oran Park in November 2009 was 'completely surrounded' by new suburban building works!

Please click on the heading or associated image to be taken to the dedicated page covering the event.....

THE SIX HOUR - November 2009:

The mixture of current riders, machinery and that lineage back to the original Six Hour Series, it has really surprised me just how long it has taken to revive such a successful annual race.

The 'clickable' image is at the 'pointy end' of the grid depicting the Le Mans Start, and it is no surprise that the three participants figured prominently throughout the race, in fact No.36,  no I'm sorry,  you will have to read the race report............

THE SIX HOUR PARADE LAP - Nov. 2009:

The Parade Lap, so critical to link past riders and machinery with the current crop!  A couple of laps by man and machine and a final slow pass through pit lane and it was all over. Some great machinery was on show, luckily the motorcycles went on display behind the pits for all to view.

The 'clickable' image, of course a Honda CBX1000A, representative of the CBX's raced by Graeme Crosby/Tony Hatton and Dennis Neill/Mick Cole in 1978.

ORAN PARK MEMORIES:

Another Australian and most importantly New South Wales dedicated Motor Racing Circuit has almost gone. The powers that be seem hell bent on developing 'once a year' street circuits, lined with unforgiving concrete and steel barriers all totally unsuited to effectively all forms of Motor Sport, excepting the likes of Australia's V8 Supercar Series.

Frankly I consider 'concrete canyon' racing unsafe to any type of high speed motor sport, high speed vehicles of all persuasions require good run off areas to minimise or eliminate high speed contact with fixed barriers.

The 'clickable' image opposite is a real statement, with the urban sprawl, (Narellan Town Centre signage), viewable 'thru' Oran Park's flyover bridge.

I LOVE NEW TECHNOLOGY, TABLETS, LAPTOPS, DIGITAL CAMERAS, MOBILE PHONES/WIRELESS BROADBAND, GPS, ETC.  ALL SO COOL AND 'PORTABLE'......


Copyright 2013   Derek J. Hanbidge,  (aka Deejay51),  all rights reserved.
Revised: August 25, 2013.

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