A trip down memory lane early this morning on the way to some breakfast in the Sprite. In 2009, Lobethal hosted the Grand Carnival, a ‘re-enactment’ of the 1939 Australian Grand Prix, won by Alan Tomlinson in a blown MG. The curcuit was / is the longest public road race in Australia, and took in some of the best / deadliest roads around the Hills in Adelaide. The view along the long and rather undulating straight out of Charleston would have been a fair sight just before Australia got caught up in another World War. What could have been?
This is the view in reverse. This was GP racing before Twitter, run off areas, Drag Reduction Systems, sponsors, grid girls, press conferences, and designer facial hair. Pardon my nostalgia. Click below.
Seventy years on and the revival gives us a glimpse of what might have been. This morning I imagined that in a sports car support race in the 1962 GP, the Sprite may have been eclipsed on the long stretches, only to gather up the opposition in the tight bits around the village. Sprite vs Lotus Elan vs Triumph Spitfire vs Bolwell Mk4….
Bring on the good old days….