• Matt Brogan

TRACK & TARMAC to tour the Longford Grand Prix Circuit

Updated: Sep 3, 2020

We might be more than 50 years too late to enjoy the Longford Grand Prix Circuit in all its glory, and sadly we don’t have a DeLorean. But we reckon the remnants of the track – and the tall tales of motorsport’s golden age – are worth a few hours of our Tasmanian Tarmac Tour.

Uniquely Australian, the Longford Grand Prix Circuit offered a pair of oiled wooden bridges, a mile-long straight, a railway crossing (which races stopped to allow trains to pass!), a number of jumps, and even a pub.

It was a fast circuit by the standards of the day, and saw international speed records tumble even as its 15-year lifespan drew to an end.

The circuit was essentially a rectangle that run clockwise around and through the north-eastern Tasmanian town. A lap was 7.2km long and could be conquered in as little as two minutes and 12 seconds. It was, by all accounts, a terrific spot for a race and was legendry for its hospitality – as much of Tasmania still is.

Names including Sir Jack Brabham (winner 1960), Bruce McLaren, Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart, Denny Hulme, Chris Amon, Bib Stillwell and Jim Clarke have all made their mark at this iconic circuit; a track that despite a race-morning arson attack, a pair of death-defying jumps and a treacherous S-bend beneath a viaduct was defeated in the end by environmentalists and slowing ticket sales.

The inaugural Tasmanian Tarmac Tour will depart Melbourne's Station Pier on Friday 30 October. Bookings are now open via email.


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