During its colourful 42-year history, Oran Park hosted the Australian Grand Prix twice – both times for Formula 5000 cars.
The main Grand Prix circuit was 2.6 kilometres with a mixture of slow, technical and fast sweeping corners as well as changes in elevation around the track. The track hosted its first Australian Touring Car Championship in 1971, which was a battle between racing legends Bob Jane and Allan Moffat, and drew a crowd of over 30,000. The track also hosted the Australian Grand Prix in 1974 and 1977.
Today, the team behind Oran Park’s master planned community remain committed to upholding the raceway’s history wherever possible. Residents and visitors alike can expect to see race-related street names around town, including that of racing luminaries such as Peter Brock, Mick Doohan and Allan Moffatt.
Learn more about the Oran Park Raceway story with Neville Beyer’s ‘The Quickest Way Round is on the Bitumen’
“This book is intended to tell the story of the development of the Oran Park Motor Racing circuit from 1962 to 2010 and the stories from the background, focusing on the people behind the scenes rather than the well documented racing results. It is written as a tribute to the 1000’s of volunteers who made the action possible and as a reminder that Motor Racing in Australia has become over commercialised with too many one off road circuit events with very limited eligibility for the majority of potential competitors. Oran Park was a circuit which catered for motor sport as against just Motor Racing and we will probably never see its like again.”