Australian ED XR6 Member
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Central Coast NSW
Farewell my friend R.I.P.
Sunday 14th June tis a day I shall remember for yrs to come, as it marks the closing of an era for Australian motorsports.
Last Sunday marked the closing of the Newcastle International Motordrome(Jerilderee Park), A 400m D shaped dirt track oval, that has been used for last 30 yrs.
It was the home of many NSW, & Australian Champions, from the Pyne brothers, Alan Butcher, & Alan Baker in the Supersedans, to the likes of Adam Clarke in speedcars, Tony Pryor & Brett Hayes in the formula 500s,Mick Turner in Modified Rods, the Hopwoods in street stockers, Gary Morris in Fenda Benda's. As well as hosting other talented but lesser well known drivers, in all categories of dirt track, & also other forms of motorsprots entertainment from monstertruck racing to motorcross, & stadium offroad, and how could I possibly forget burnout competition vehicles.
The motordrome over the years has been a frequent source of entertainment for my family, having been a constant visitor since I was born. I remember snugling under blankets wishing that the noisy cars would go away & the smash up cars would come out, to only a few yrs ago where I was one of those responsible for sending those same noisy cars out to annoy the kids!
This year in the middle of August when the season would be due to begin, the familiar sweet smell of methanol/racing fuel exhaust, mixed with boiling coolant, & hot oil, will be sadly sadly missed. And by christmas time where in years goneby, the track would have traditionally hosted their supersedan test series, whereby 4 of our best would go up against 4 drivers fron the USA, I believe the whole site will have been converted into an industrial estate.
Newcastle International Motordrome - THANX for the memories.