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Camperdown Track

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The former track in the Sydney Suburbs

I only lived and worked in Sydney for around 18 months but did manage to get to a couple of track meetings at Camperdown in 1971-2. I don’t remember many of the riders and cannot find a race programme to help .. but I have managed to find some photos.
Never having got around to making a catalogue meant that the track construction photo (left) could have been taken anywhere but a “Bradmill Sheets” advertising sign in the background convinced me that is indeed the suburbs of Sydney.

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At the actual track meeting the Italian sprinter (right) looks to be Giordano Turrini and he was certainly sprinting against Gordon Johnson, 1970 World Sprint Champion, then riding as a pro for TI-Carlton. Turrini won as I remember things.
The other notable presence was - I think - Australian Six Day star Reg Arnold (centre) being interviewed in the track centre [if my memory is playing tricks please contact me via the info mailbox]

This general shot of the starting line-up shows the size of the standing-room only crowd - and this may have been the first meeting at the new track. If you spot yourself - or anyone you know - please get in touch. And now someone who was also there has replied -
These guys were the best at the time being the Senior A Grade. From the fence L to R they are
1. John Hartaker St. George; 2. Gary Sutton St. George in the Australian National Shirt; 3. ? Blacktown Club; 4. Mike Thew St. George; 5. Rick Eagles; 6. ? ; 7. ? Bankstown Sports; 8. Greg Barnes Lidcombe–Auburn in NSW State Shirt.
Thanks Phillip

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30-Nov-2007

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Gordon Johnson Bio (in French)

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The man with the serious tripod should have some great footage. But where now?

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More searching through boxes came up with a second, larger group of photos - some looking good enough to share on the web; even if only for the “old-timers”. Looking at the big variations in colour there are most likely photos from two separate track meetings here.


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