Lobethal – the Australian Nurburgring

One of my interests has been motor racing history. For the last dozen or so years, I have been researching the history of the Windsor RSL Speedway, which ran between 1949 and 1968 just a couple of blocks away from where I live.

I also have an interest in road racing history, and especially the pre World War 2 era. I enjoy reading about the cars, drivers, races and circuits. One of the great circuits used not only in Australia, but in the whole world during this era was the road circuit which ran on public roads in Lobethal, east of the South Australian capital of Adelaide.

I was recently sent a link to a fantastic 2008 documentary, which incorporates footage of the 2008 Revival meeting, plus contemporary footage of the meetings held between 1937 and 1939. It is almost impossible to make any meaningful comparison between racing of this era and current racing. Qualifying for the 2014 Australian Grand Prix is currently underway as I type this post. I wonder how Sebastien Vettel would go driving around the Lobethal circuit?

Anyway, sit back, enjoy and be amazed at the bravery of the drivers who took on the Australian version of the Nurburgring.

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