SURFERS PARADISE (QLD)
1966 - SURFERS PARADISE INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
Built and opened in 1966, The Surfers Paradise International Raceway was a motor racing complex that included a two mile road race circuit that incorperated a 1/4 mile drag strip along the main straight.
Also within the complex was a 1/4 mile dirt oval speedway and an airstrip.
The venue was designed and built by Keith Williams a motor racing fan who also designed and built the Adelaide International Raceway in South Australia.
Williams sold the venue in 1984, The new owners operated the venue through until the 27th of August 1987 when they closed after the last race meeting.
The complex sat around un-used and rotting away until 2003 when the heavy equipment was brought in and the place was destroyed.
This once great venue that hosted some of the best motor racing events in Australia over a 21 year period was to make way for the top of the market housing.
In its place today is the Emerald Lakes Canal Estate.
Photo: Shane Fishburn.
1967 - AUSTRALIAN TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP
1968 - SURFERS PARADISE INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY PROGRAMMES
1968 - SURFERS PARADISE INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
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Rod Arthur recalls: Rothmans Touring Car Series, three meetings at two monthly intervals, Third year aprentice with a HK 327 Monaro on hire purchase in my dads name an on borrowed tyres, I was in 3rd place after two meetings, then the HT 350 Monaro was released and i was suddenly obsolete.