Calder Park Raceway
is a motor racing circuit in Melbourne
. The complex includes a drag strip
, a road circuit with several possible configurations, and the "Thunderdome", a high-speed banked oval equipped to race either clockwise (for right-hand-drive cars) or counter-clockwise (for left-hand-drive cars such as NASCAR
Calder Park Raceway was founded in the farming community of Diggers Rest and began as a dirt track carved into a paddock by a group of motoring enthusiasts who wanted somewhere to race their FJ Holdens. one of those men being Patrick Hawthorn, who at the time owned a petrol station in clayton. when one of his clients suggested a place to race, on his property.
The inaugural meeting on a bitumen track was run by the Australian Motor Sports Club and took place on 14 January 1962. The track design was very similar to the existing Club Circuit, which is still in use today. Competitors at this meeting included Bob Jane
(Autoland Jaguar 3.8 #84), Norm Beechey
(Holden #40), John Wood (Holden #83) and Peter Manton
(Mini Cooper S). In the early 1970s, Bob Jane purchased the track. The Thunderdome was added in the south side in 1987.
The Thunderdome is a purpose-built 1.8 km (1.1 mile) speedway
located on the grounds of Calder Park Raceway. It was originally known as the Goodyear Thunderdome
to reflect the naming rights
sponsorship bought by the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
The track is a tri-oval
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