GOLD COAST (QLD)
1954 SOUTHPORT GRAND PRIX CIRCUIT
During 1954 Queensland did not have a suitable permanent racing circuit, so the Street Circuit was marked out in anticipation of the Australian Grand Prix for cars that was to be held in Queensland. At the Time opposition to motorsport on public roads was at an all time high with some Australian states banning it completely or making it that hard to comply that the problem would go away.
The Southport circuit was considered to be ideal as the area was a very sparsely settled coastal area at the time.
1954 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX
The 1954 Australian Grand Prix was held on the Southport street Circuit, on the 7th of November 1954, The race was held over 27 laps of the 5.7 mile circuit.
Twenty Eight competitors met the starter, Lex Davison won the event in a Formula 2 HWM with a Jaguar engine fitted, Davison finished a full lap in front of second placed Curley Brydon's MG TC Special and two laps ahead of third placed Ken Richardson in a Ford Special.
1955 SOUTHPORT TT
In 1955 a joint committee was formed drawing from the Southport Rotary Club, and the Queensland Auto Cycle Union, to hold the prestigious Australian Tourist Trophy event for motorcycles.
The event was held on the 16th of October 1955, A seven event programme was held comprising of Lightweight 250's, Junior 350's, Senior 500's, Senior Sidecars plus Junior and Senior Clubman's events.
The circuit was considered to be quite dangerous, even in 1955, with the roads lined by trees and telegraph poles, the layout allowed for high speeds with a series of flowing curves, The course also had 3 right angle tight corners at the end of those very fast sections, The pre race practice session was marred with accidents. The Queensland Grand Prix for cars would follow three weeks later.