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Monday, 01 August 2016 00:00

In memoriam: The lost tracks of New South Wales


The Sydney Olympic Park street circuit will join the ranks of lost New South Wales race tracks at the end of 2016, along with Catalina Park, Warwick Farm, Amaroo Park and Oran Park.

V8X Supercar Magazine issue #93 pays tribute to those iconic circuits, now treasured memories in the suburban sprawl of New South Wales.

Issue #93 is on sale now in stores with the digital edition available in the official V8X app (in the App Store and Google Play), online at DigitalEdition.V8XMagazine.com.au and in the Magzter app store.

CLICK HERE for more information on V8X Supercar Magazine issue #93.

So the Sydney 500 is dead. The Virgin Australia Supercars Championship will take on the tough and testing Sydney Olympic Park street circuit in the final round of this year's series on December 2 to 4.

Body panels and egos will be bruised. The 2016 champion will be crowned. Then teams will pack up and leave, never to return.

Series organisers aren't likely to miss it, as since joining the series in 2009 the Sydney 500 has been a consistent loss-maker. Spectators never showed up in quite the numbers that marked the most patronised Supercars events.

But the Sydney Olympic Park track delivered its share of great racing and memorable moments: the scratching, biting and slip-sliding title fight of 2010; the debut of a certain Scott McLaughlin as a top-tier V8 driver in his own right in 2012 (as opposed to being a co-driver); the bizarre altercation between Shane van Gisbergen and the medical car the same year; and Mark Winterbottom finally pinning down his maiden driver's title last year.

As we prepare to bid farewell to Sydney Olympic Park, join us in shedding a tear for some other New South Wales (NSW) circuits that have gone to the great paddock in the sky.

Also, read the recollections of Dick Johnson, Jim Richards, Colin Bond and Fred Gibson for their favourite departed circuits from New South Wales.

CLICK HERE to purchase the print edition of V8X Supercar Magazine issue #93 to read the full feature.