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Last bike race @ Oran Park - 6 hour production bike race 20-22 Nov 2009

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  • Last bike race @ Oran Park - 6 hour production bike race 20-22 Nov 2009

    Just in case this hasn't already been posted (I may have missed it) - I came across this on a Ulysses website

    The 6 Hour is back ...
    www.the6hour.com.au


    We are running the last race meeting for Motorcycles to be held at Oran Park and was hoping you could put the details on your web site or send to your members.

    We are bring back the 6 Hour Production Race, to be held on the 20th - 22nd November.

    This will be the biggest Motorcycle meeting of the year and we invite all Motorcycle fans to come along and enjoy the day/weekends racing action.

    Watch the ultimate test of man and machine and OranPark's last race ever it is well worth placing this date in you diary.

    The 6 hour race will be flagged away by the last winner Kevin Magee.

    Before this we will have a parade of past and present Australian Champions.

    Saturday will be practice and support races.

    The whole weekend will be action packed.

    Please vist our web site www.the6hour.com.au for all the events information.


    Thanks

    Lyndel Butler
    Race Secretary.

    lyndel butler02 4996 3120

    www.the6hour.com.au
    I went to the 1975 race; it was awesome, there was nothing quite like it ... road production bikes on the race track for 6 hours - you name the brand, it was on the track. I wish I'd known earlier, I could've saved the pennies for a trip over ...



    some History (from Wikipedia)

    The race was run by the Willoughby District Motorcycle Club and held at Amaroo Park until 1983, when it was moved to Oran Park for 1984 until the final race in 1987. At the time it was the biggest and most prestigious bike meeting in Australia, enjoying huge support from not only Castrol and much of the motorcycle trade, but also was a great hit with the motorcycle community who saw it as a real test of the motorcycles they might wish to buy. It also had considerable television coverage and either contributed to or was the result of a motorcycle sales boom.

    Originally the race was called the Castrol 1000 in recognition of the prize money on offer from Castrol. $1000 was a considerable sum in 1970 as can be seen by the fact that the eventual winning bike in the first race, a Triumph Bonneville 650, could be purchased for around $1,150.00 at the time.

    At first the race was for 3 classes; Unlimited, 500 cc and 250 cc. The race continued in that format until 1975, when the 250 cc class was dropped for "rider safety". Then in 1978 the 500 cc class was dropped and a 750 cc class introduced. For 1983 The maximum capacity was limited to 1000 cc, probably to comply with the ACCA regulations and in 1987 a 250 cc class was reintroduced.

    The first race was run on Sunday, October 18, 1970, when 68 riders lined up for the Le Mans start.

    The end came partly because of Castrol pulling out of road racing to concentrate its efforts on initially the Mr Motocross Series and then V8 Supercars, and partly because of controversy that had dogged the event since the start over eligibility of bikes or components. Also races for production bikes were losing support as more people moved to the new Superbikes. The move to Oran Park was also not popular with many fans.
    There have been attempts to revive the idea of a six hour endurance race, including one at Phillip Island, one at Eastern Creek and two at Oran Park in the 1990s and early 2000s but none met with the success of the original six hour.

    Star Riders
    Many famous names competed in the event, such as Mike Hailwood, Wes Cooley, John Kocinski, Ken Blake, Robert Holden, Graeme Crosby, Rob Phillis and lists winners such as Gregg Hansford, Michael Dowson, Kevin Magee and Wayne Gardner.

    Results
    here Castrol 6 Hour - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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