clashes, crashes and controversy. right from the start, the melbourne grand prix has had it all – on and off the track. now, as the motors start revving again, we bring you a fast and furious history of the race victoria nabbed 21 years ago (though who's counting?)the heistphoto: john lambinterstate rivalries, clandestine meetings, secret deals and betrayals. throw into the mix a victorian premier happy to stir the pot and a group of park-loving locals and you have the stormy birth of the formula one's australian grand prix in melbourne.the adelaide street circuit, where the gp had been held since 1985 as part of the official f1 circuit, was a technically tough track that produced its own resume of highlights – from nigel mansell's spectacular blown wheel in 1986 that cost him the world championship, to ayrton senna's final win before his death. but in 1993 to the shock and fury of the newly-elected south australian government, victorian businessman ron walker and premier jeff kennett pulled of `the big steal`. they announced that formula one would be coming to melbourne's albert park from 1996 – a way to rejuvenate a rundown and underused precinct. unsurprisingly not everyone was happy. there were reports of people spitting at walker's feet in adelaide and the threat of a boycott of victorian products by those living within the neighbouring state. kennett resp...