Mallala Motorsport park
Historical home of motorsport in SA since 1961
Mallala Motorsport Park is the historical home of motorsport in South Australia. The Mallala Race Circuit, as it was originally known, was established on the site of the former RAAF Base Mallala. The land was purchased from the Royal Australian Air Force at public auction in 1961 by a group of enthusiasts seeking to create a replacement for the Port Wakefield Circuit.
South Australia had been allocated the 1961 Australian Grand Prix on the state by state rotational system that applied at that time, but the organisers had subsequently been informed by the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) that the 2.092 km Port Wakefield venue, which had hosted the 1955 Australian Grand Prix, was no longer suitable to host the event.
The opening meeting for the new venue was held on 19 August 1961 with Bib Stillwell winning the main event in a Cooper Climax. The 1961 Australian Grand Prix headlined the circuits second meeting with Lex Davison winning his fourth and last AGP driving a Cooper T51 Coventry Climax FPF. The original lap distance of 3.38 km was reduced to 2.601 km in late 1964 when Bosch Curve was moved closer to the Dunlop Curve Grandstand, thus removing the north eastern leg of the circuit.
For many years it has provided the community with a place to race, drift, practice, hold drive days, burn rubber and of course be a great place to watch anything motorsport for all fans.
In February 2017, the Peregrine Corporation, owners of The Bend Motorsport Park purchased the complex and took over operations in May the same year. Read about the news here.