Back-track to the Scramble bike circuit

Moorebank Heritage Group members: Motorcycle enthusiasts Bob McGlinchy and Phil Hurren. Picture: Simon Bennett
Moorebank Heritage Group members: Motorcycle enthusiasts Bob McGlinchy and Phil Hurren. Picture: Simon Bennett

Part of Liverpool’s past was the iconic Moorebank circuit – now a lost piece of history according to the Moorebank Heritage Group.

The organisation was only recently made aware it existed when a member raised it.

They are urging people to share memorabilia as they claim the bike track was pivotal in the development of motor-cycle racing in NSW and Australia. “It's very much part of Liverpool’s military history,” said heritage group member Phil Hurren. “That’s why it’s quite important to find photos and talk to people who rode on the tracks.”

The track was first gouged out by the Australian Army in WWII for the purpose of training despatch riders in the scrub along the eastern bank of the Georges River. But the circuit was re-opened in the 1960s for racing championships, attracting local, interstate and international riders – including Ron Toombs, Len Atlee, John Dodds, Eric Debenham and Jim Airey.

Moorebank’s Bob Campbell rode it with his brother from age 10.

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It played a huge role in his childhood. “When I first went out there we were kids and we’d ride our pushbikes through the water drain’” he said. “As we grew up we raced there in cup events and cup championships.”

It closed in 1970 but he still rides at 72. “I stopped racing in about 1973 and then I got into the vintage bikes which I ride on show days. We have a ride twice a month with my club, the Velocette club. There are about 2000 members Australia-wide. My brother was part of it, too.”

When the Moorebank Circuit closed it became a community concern. “I think it's terrible we haven't got a local track that people can ride. It’d be nice if there was.”

The historic track is currently inaccessible due to construction of the intermodal.

  • ​Send memorabilia to Phil Hurren, info@moorebankheritage.org.au or 0419 258 446.