1950's SILVERTON AROUND THE HOUSES
During the 1950's the small outback town of Silverton hosted around the houses racing on the dirt roads in the centre of town, at this point we know that part of the circuit included Loftus Street, Burke Street and Layard street straight past the Silverton Pub.
UMBERUMBERKA HILL CLIMB
The Umberumberka hil climb course was a unsealed dirt track not far from Silverton itself, The course was a well established concern with electronic timing devices and a big following.
Many of the wealthy mining fraternity in Broken Hill had prestige cars such as MG's, Austin Healeys and even a Bentley, With many of these guys having money to play with it wasn't unusual to see the Bentley spitting a shower of gravel out the rear as it worked its way up to the top.
Speedway legend Alan Streader was instrumental in having motorcycles added to the programme at Umberumberka.
The bike boys turned up for their first meeting and had to wait until the cars had completed their first round of competition, A competitor in an Austin Healey had been receiving a hard time from other racers on the day because the Healey didn't seem up to the job, When this driver went out for another attempt and gunned the car excessively as he took off up the hill, He lost control, rolling the car, and tumbled down the hill onto rocks killing the driver.
At that point the meeting was abandoned, The bikes never got their run up the hill, This was to be the end of the Hillclimb course on the boundry of Mundi Mundi Station.