10.4.10. Over the past decade we of the Australian Vintage Speedway movement have erected or laid remembrance plaques at several of the old Speedway sites in Australia,
to celebrate the great days of Speedway and to also honour those riders and drivers who lost their lives at the venue whilst competing in the sport.
We started, in NSW in 2000, with probably the most famous Speedway venue in Australia - The Sydney Showground - The Royale - at Moore Park in Sydney.
Speedway ran at this venue from 1926 to 1996. Prior to the first Sydney plaque, a plaque
had been laid at the site of the Rowley Park Speedway in South Australia in 1991.
10.11.2000 - Jim Shepherd, Publisher, Sports Historian, Speedway Commentator, Patron of the Veteran Speedway Riders Association of Australia, shown here with the two plaques laid on a brick wall in front of the old Suttor Stand at what was the Royale, now Fox Studios in Sydney. The bronze plaque on the left I had cast, on behalf of the Australian & NSW Vintage Clubs, to commemorate the venue and all the riders and drivers who lost their lives at the track, 28 in all. The coloured plaque on the right was initialised by Fox Studios to recognise the grounds had been used for Speedway. The outline of the old dirt track is still present, although in a concrete and pebblecrete form.
On July 28 of 2002, Graham Clayton, a Windsor resident and a member of the Windsor (NSW) Historical Society, took it upon himself, with the cooperation of members of the Australian Vintage Speedway movement, to have a remembarnce plaque erected on the site where the Windsor RSL Speedway once operated, in Windsor NSW, off Argyle St., overlooked by the Windsor RSL Club.
On September 7th. 2002, the members of the Vintage Speedcar Associaton of Queensland, saw fit to honour the competitors and erect a plaque on the site of the Exhibiiton Grounds Speedway, Brisbane, Queensland. Speedway ran at the venue from 1926. It never really had a recognised final meeting.
May 18th. 2003 the members of the Veteran Speedway Riders Associaton of Australia and the Vintage Speedcar Associaton (NSW) Inc. had a plaque laid on a wall of the original old grandstand at the very historic, in Australian and World Speedway history, West Maitland Showgrounds.
The plaque in South Australia on the old Rowley Park Speedway site. 9 riders and drivers lost their lives there, including International Solo rider Gerald Hussey, during it's 30 years of operation - 1949 to 1979.
31.08.03 a plaque is placed at the Claremont Showgrounds - Perth - Western Australia by the Veteran Speedway Riders Association of Australia.
Chum Taylor, top W.A. International Solo rider is shown here by the plaque in 2003.
( I actually commissioned the plaque on behalf of the VSRA in 2003, took photos of it but can't find them. If anyone in W.A. has a good photo of just the plaque could you email it to me on email@example.com please for this webpage..Brian )
19.06.04 - Aussie Football Stadium - Moore Park - Sydney, now stands on the site of the old Sydney Sports Ground Speedway. I commissioned the casting on behalf of the Veteran Speedway Riders Association of Australia & the Vintage Speedcar Association (NSW) Inc, and at this date we placed a plaque on the site to remember the riders and drivers who competed there and those who lost their lives on that track. Aslo see webpage : http://www.vintagespeedway.com/Sportsground.html
The members of the VC&VSC ( Vintage & Classic Speedway Club in Victoria) mounted this plaque on the wall of the original old grandstand at the site of the old Tracey's Speedway in Maribyrnong- a suburb of Melbourne.
17.03.07 - The Randwick City Council sponsor and mount a plaque commemorating the old Olympia Motor Speedway ( Maroubra Speedway) at Coral Sea Park - Maroubra.
Other major Speedway venues that should also be remembered in this way by the Australian Vintage Clubs, such as:
Liverpool City Raceway (NSW) - Cumberland Oval - Parramatta (NSW)
Westmead Speedway (NSW) - Granville Showgrounds - Granville (NSW)
and many other sites now forgotten.
Dec 2012 The Wentworth Speedway plaque mounted on the LH pillar of the front gates of the park.
The Wentworth Speedway plaque.
The remembrance plaque for Wentworth Speedway was unveiled at Wentworth Park - Sydney on 21st. October 2012 by
Susan Cleary (Chair of Wentworth Park Trust) and
Peter Mann (C.E.O. Of Wentworth Park .)