Following on from my last post about Sydney in the ’20s and ’30s, lets take a look at the awesome Maroubra Speedway. It had a relatively short life span, but as you can see from the pic it was spectacular!
Opened in ’27, it was officially called Olympia Motor Speedway. The track was constructed from concrete and cost 70,000 pounds to build. It was 1.3km long and at its steepest part had banking of 37 degrees! The fastest cars had an average speed of 100mph around the track – that’s 160km in the new money!
As is usually the way with these places, the combination of driver deaths, dwindling spectators and encroaching suburbia saw the track die a long drawn out death. And sure enough it was bulldozed to make way for houses.
For more info and pics, check out the Vintage Speedway website.