It was a field day for motoring enthusiasts at Longford as Motorama hit the town to celebrate vehicles on two wheels or four at the famous racing circuit.
The Longford racing circuit, which was opened in 1953 and closed in 1968, is unlike any modern-day racing circuit used in grand prix racing.
The circuit saw drivers traverse two bridges, Long Bridge and Kings Bridge as well as a railway line viaduct. The famed straight, the flying mile, saw drivers reach almost 300 kilometers per hour at top speed.
"It did go over two bridges, both Long Bridge and Kings Bridge, which aren't in existence anymore and they had frogmen under those bridges because cars did go into that river and you don't see that ... the flying mile is still very famous," Motorama spokesman Justin Brown said.
"It was known for many years up until very recently as the fastest circuit in the Southern Hemisphere, it was the quickest track."
A star-studded driver list regularly turned out at the marquee events at Longford including Sir Jack Brabham, Chris Amon and Bob Jane and Allan Moffatt.
Mr Brown said Motorama was as much about showcasing the history of Longford as showcasing some incredible vehicles.
" Motorama is all about the history of motoring, past, present and future ... the Longford track initially was for racing motorbikes and then it progressed to a car racing track as well."
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"It's all about education as well so that people know what an iconic event it was ... back in 1953 the population was half what Tasmania currently has and yet the crowds exceed what Agfest does today."
"If that doesn't show how huge this event was, it put Longford and Tasmania on the world stage."
Normally the event lasts for three days but it was condensed into one day in part due to COVID. however, race fanatics were allowed to walk the famed circuit to help with spacing.
"We didn't know what was going to be happening with COVID, normally this is a three day event but we thought we'd take the safer option and bring it back to a one day event but also give people the chance to walk parts of the grand prix track," Mr Brown said.
Mr Brown said that the drivers of the day enjoyed Longford for its laidback country hospitality.
"We're trying to make Motorama a bit of a laid-back atmosphere, a country atmosphere like it was back in the day and that's what drivers enjoyed about coming to Longford and even Jack Brabham said that himself."
"A lot of the people who have been associated with Longford are getting a bit long in the tooth but we don't want the history to be lost not just in the cars but in what Longford did for the area and for Tasmania by putting that state on the world stag which was nothing short of miraculous."
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