Virginia, South Australia

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Virginia
AdelaideSouth Australia
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Power substation in Virginia
Virginia is located in Greater Adelaide
Virginia
Virginia
Coordinates 34°40′05″S 138°33′40″E / 34.668°S 138.561°E / -34.668; 138.561Coordinates: 34°40′05″S 138°33′40″E / 34.668°S 138.561°E / -34.668; 138.561
Population 1,434 (2006 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 5120
LGA(s) City of Playford

Virginia is a suburb on the rural outskirts of Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia. Port Wakefield Road, the main highway taking traffic to the north of Adelaide, passes through the area. Market gardening is the main activity there.

History[edit]

Virginia Post Office opened around October 1856.[2]

Motorsport[edit]

Virginia is home to the Adelaide International Raceway, a 2.41 km long road racing circuit which opened in 1972 and incorporates an internationally recognised drag racing strip and a ½ mile (805 metres (880 yd)) slightly banked paved oval speedway as part of the main circuit. It is also home to the 430 metres (470 yd) Speedway City, Adelaide's main Dirt track racing car speedway which is located adjacent to the Raceway and was opened on 2 November 1979.

From 1969 to 1974, Virginia was home to the Thunderbird Raceway, a dirt track speedway located at the towns Recreation Reserve. Originally known as the Virginia Fairgrounds Speedway when it opened in 1969 (work had begun in 1968), the name was changed to Thunderbird Raceway in 1971 under the promotion of Doug Sunstrom who had taken over from the original promoters, the Bevan family. Sunstrom promoted the speedway as a ½ mile track, though it was closer to ⅓ mile (500 metres (550 yd)) in length. Racing at Thunderbird took place during the winter months to compliment Adelaide's then major summer speedway Rowley Park.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Virginia (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  3. ^ Virginia Fairgrounds Speedway