Catalina Park

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Garguree (The Gully) formerly Catalina Park
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Location Katoomba, New South Wales
Time zone GMT +10
Coordinates 33°42′44″S 150°18′14″E / 33.71222°S 150.30389°E / -33.71222; 150.30389Coordinates: 33°42′44″S 150°18′14″E / 33.71222°S 150.30389°E / -33.71222; 150.30389
Owner Blue Mountains City Council
Operator Australian Racing Drivers Club
Opened 12 February 1961 [1]
Closed 1970
Major events 1962 Australian Formula Junior Championship
Turns 7
Lap record 0:53.4 [1] (Frank Matich [1], Matich SR4 Repco [1], 1969 [1], Group A Sports Cars)

Catalina Park is a disused motor racing venue, located at Katoomba,in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia.

Overview[edit]

The 2.1 km circuit opened on 12 February 1961.[1] Race meetings were staged by the Australian Racing Drivers Club in association with the Blue Mountains Sporting Drivers Club through to 1969, at which time the ARDC took over the Amaroo Park circuit.[2] A race meeting was organized by the BMSDC in January 1970, however the club went into liquidation the following year.[2] At the time of the circuit's closure, the lap record was credited to Frank Matich (Matich SR4) at 53.4 seconds, an average lap speed of 141 km/h.[2]

Originally used for top level motorsport including touring car, open wheeler, motorcycle and sidecar racing in the 1960s. The mountain location caused problems with fog causing delays in the race programs, also the track was very narrow by today's standards and surrounded by walls, armco railings and hillside. The track became used less with the opening of other circuits nearer to Sydney such as Oran Park and Amaroo Park.

In the 1970s the circuit was used for Rallycross, where the cars would use half the bitumen track and a dirt infield section with jumps, like Motocross.

By the 1980s the track was only being used for lap dashes with single cars on track at one time and was used until the mid-1990s for this.

The circuit still exists and can be walked around however it has deteriorated quite badly with grass growing through the track surface on what was Lockheed Straight and Dunlop Corner, and water seepage has caused part of the track to collapse between Craven A corner and Castrol corner.

History[edit]

In 1957, the Blue Mountains Sporting Drivers Club Limited who were supported by the then Blue Mountains City Council. set about creating a racetrack in this region.


The Gully was declared an Aboriginal Place on 18 May 2002. From the time it was nominated until its declaration as an Aboriginal Place, took only nine months. The Gully in Katoomba became the largest Aboriginal Place in NSW. The Aboriginal Place declaration was warmly welcomed by the Gundungurra and Darug Traditional Owners and was marked by Indigenous and non-Indigenous alike with an official celebration in November 2002.


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f TRACKS: Catalina Park, Thursday 17th October, 2013, www.speedcafe.com Retrieved on 17 October 2013
  2. ^ a b c Pedr Davis, The Macquarie Dictionary of Motoring, 1986, pages 77-78

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