The legs that stopped the nation: Why cup day stirs the memories

Fashions on the field entrant Nicole Walter stands in front of a poster of model Jean Shrimpton during a past Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington Racecourse. Picture: AAP Image/David Crosling

Fashions on the field entrant Nicole Walter stands in front of a poster of model Jean Shrimpton during a past Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington Racecourse. Picture: AAP Image/David Crosling

This time of year, I always get nostalgic recalling my Melbourne Cup experiences in the ‘70s.

In those days, the general public could secure a reserved seat in the stand opposite the winning post by lining up in a footy finals-like queue in Collins Street, Melbourne. 

People would start arriving just before midnight with sleeping bags, blankets and a thermos of hot soup.

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