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During the 1950's and 60's "Around the Houses" racing was a style of
motor sport enjoyed by Western Australians living in country areas.The
circuits were too short for high speeds and the worst injury suffered
by anyone was a broken leg.
However, the Le Mans' disaster in 1955 caused civic authorities to call a halt to motor racing on Public Streets. The cost of safety and insurance requirements was prohibitive.With corporate sponsorship and newer and more effective portable safety banners becoming available there has been a movement recently to recreate the atmosphere and excitement of these early motor races.
One such event was the very successful "Vintage on Avon" organised by the Vintage Sports Car Club of Western Australia and held on March the 27th and 28th at the Town of Northam. Two vintage speed events attracted competitors and spectators from all over the State.
On the Saturday competitors tested themselves and their cars at a hill climb on Mt. Ommaney just outside the town. The main event on Sunday, the "Northam Flying 50", saw a huge crowd enjoying a nostalgic and colourful occasion with the streets reverberating to the sounds of throaty exhausts.
The MG Marque was well represented and included 14 "square rigger" models, the oldest being two 1933 J2's.