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