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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.


View from Adelaide Hills with circuit in the centre.
View from Adelaide Hills with circuit in the centre.
Victoria Park Horseracing track with temporary pit straight grandstands.
Victoria Park Horseracing track with temporary pit straight grandstands.
Pit straight looking towards start/finish line.
Pit straight looking towards start/finish line.
Pit straight looking back to the hairpin corner.
Pit straight looking back to the hairpin corner.
Pit wall and some of the pit garages.
Pit wall and some of the pit garages.
Pit wall and more of the pit garages.
Pit wall and more of the pit garages.
Weigh bridge.
Weigh bridge.
Wednesday tack walk.
View from the back of the grid.
Wednesday tack walk.
View from the back of the grid.
Start/finish.
Start/finish.
Pit lane exit.
Pit lane exit.
First chicane.
First chicane.
Wakefield Road.
Wakefield Road.
Looking back down Wakefield Street.
Looking back down Wakefield Street.
First time into East Terrace.
First time into East Terrace.
East Terrace & Flinders Street.
East Terrace & Flinders Street.
East Terrace.
East Terrace.
East Terace.
East Terace.
East Terrace.
East Terrace.
East Terrace & Grenfell Street.
East Terrace & Grenfell Street.
East Terrace & Grenfell Street.
East Terrace & Grenfell Street.
East Terrace looking towards Rundle Road.
East Terrace looking towards Rundle Road.
Rundle Road (Jones) straight.
Rundle Road (Jones) straight.
Looking back down Rundle Road from corner.
Looking back down Rundle Road from corner.
Top of Dequettevile Terrace (Brabham) straight.
Top of Dequettevile Terrace (Brabham) straight.
School kids on the pit wall watching the teams set up.
School kids on the pit wall watching the teams set up.
Thursday.
Arrows BMW A8.
Thursday.
Arrows BMW A8.
Williams Honda FW10, Keke Rosberg.
Williams Honda FW10, Keke Rosberg.
Williams Honda FW10, Engine cover.
Williams Honda FW10, Engine cover.
Tyrrell/Renault 014.
Tyrrell/Renault 014.
Friday sunshine. Looking across to the pits.
Friday sunshine. Looking across to the pits.
A Williams & Brabham head out on to the track.
A Williams & Brabham head out on to the track.
Williams Honda FW10, Keke Rosberg.
Williams Honda FW10, Keke Rosberg.
Tyrrell of Ivan Cappelli returns on the back of a tow track after hitting the wall.
Tyrrell of Ivan Cappelli returns on the back of a tow track after hitting the wall.
JPS Lotus Renault 97T, Ayrton Senna.
JPS Lotus Renault 97T, Ayrton Senna.
The two Alfa Romeo 184Ts get some attention.
The two Alfa Romeo 184Ts get some attention.
Lotus mechanics poor over Senna's car.
Lotus mechanics poor over Senna's car.
Keke Rosberg relaxes.
Keke Rosberg relaxes.
Nigel Mansell & Williams FW10.
Nigel Mansell & Williams FW10.
Williams conference as Rosberg & Mansell meet with the team.
Williams conference as Rosberg & Mansell meet with the team.
Alfa Romeo 184T of Riccardo Patrese.
Alfa Romeo 184T of Riccardo Patrese.
Osella FAIG of Huub Rothengatter returns on the back of a tow truck with a damaged front.
Osella FAIG of Huub Rothengatter returns on the back of a tow truck with a damaged front.
Tyrrell/Renault 014s. Note the spare car in the background.
Tyrrell/Renault 014s. Note the spare car in the background.
Lola THL1 of Alan Jones.
Lola THL1 of Alan Jones.
Gerhard Berger contemplates the scene.
Gerhard Berger contemplates the scene.
Boutsen's team mate Gerhard Berger's Arrows BMW A8.
Boutsen's team mate Gerhard Berger's Arrows BMW A8.
Keke Rosberg's Williams FW10, I like the random can of WD40 sitting on the ground.
Keke Rosberg's Williams FW10, I like the random can of WD40 sitting on the ground.
Brabham BMW BT54, Nelson Piquet.
Brabham BMW BT54, Nelson Piquet.
Renault ELF RE60B, Patrick Tambay.
Renault ELF RE60B, Patrick Tambay.
Ferrari 156/85, Michele Alboreto.
Ferrari 156/85, Michele Alboreto.
McLaren MP 4/2B TAG, Niki Lauda.
McLaren MP 4/2B TAG, Niki Lauda.
Brabham BMW BT54, Marc Surer.
Brabham BMW BT54, Marc Surer.
Williams FW10, Nigel Mansel.
Williams FW10, Nigel Mansel.

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