Australian Formula One Grand Prix 1985
Adelaide, South Australia. October 31 - November 3, 1985.
The first ever formula one grand prix in Australia. Adelaide was the place to go. I had to go having never seen an F1 race before. Bought a four day ticket, booked some accommodation via the TAA home hosting service, backed the Saab and off I went on the fairly straight 700km drive from Melbourne to Adelaide.
The circuit was built around the Victoria Park horse racing course right on the edge of the Adelaide CBD. With a permanent paddock & pits built inside the racecourse and the track winding through the streets of inner Adelaide, it was a fantastic circuit.
This was the era of turbocharged 1.5 litre engines, 900+hp, Prost, Lauda, Rosberg, Mansell, Senna, Piquet, Jones & cigarette sponsorship.
I arrived on the Wednesday arvo and walked around the track and took some photos of the circuit.
Racing started on the Thursday with the F1s allowed a practice run to familiarise themselves with the new and very dusty circuit. For the day I grabbed a seat opposite the pits,
Friday was practice and the first qualifying session, again I was in a seat opposite the pits. The Saturday I was in my 'proper' seat on the corner of Rundle Road and Dequetteville Terrace. Here the view was quite restricted by the fence but we got a good look at the rear of the cars trying to negotiate the corner.
Below are a selection of my photographs, in a slightly random order, at the time I didn't label them and 30 years later my memory is a little fuzzy! A bit like a few of the photos, no auto focus and very, very fast cars.
Two full reports of the event and race can found here:
Photo gallery part one
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