Glamour & Glory at the Paceway

 

 

Harold Park holds a special place in the hearts of many Australians. Bought by the NSW Harness Racing Club in 1911, Harold Park began as a modest daytime entertainment venue.

Within 20 years, crowds and interest had grown markedly. At the height of the 1930s crowds of 2,000 to 3,000 passed through Harold Park’s turnstiles to witness the thrilling exploits of pacers and trotters.

Racing under lights was introduced in 1949, and by the 50s and 60s Harold Park was the social hub of the Inner West. In the words of historian Wayne Peake, “Friday nights under the ribbon of light at Harold Park had become an iconic Sydney experience."

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