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Classic speedway has many interesting people and machines that deserve some recognition as part of the history of the sport.

Thankfully there are items of speedway memorabilia that remain in custody of many former drivers, family members and fans. These items are so very important to clubs like ours to preserve and display for the future decades of the sports enthusiasts.

This page will recognise some of our club's members, their machines and some of the WACSA's historic collection of articles and photos.

THIS PAGE IS OPEN FOR CONTRIBUTIONS FROM CLUB MEMBERS. iF YOU HAVE ANY PHOTOS OR ARTICLES THAT YOU THINK WOULD BE OF INTEREST TO THE FANS PLEASE CONTACT THE WEBMASTER.

Stay tuned for some new additions to this page very soon.

REMEMBERING THE GLORY DAYS OF SPEEDWAY

Here we are in 2018! It seems like only yesterday that we were admiring the introduction on Stock Production Cars to the programme at local speedway circuits. Can you believe that was 50 years ago? The history of our sport is of major importance to those who remember the Sunday winter tracks and the wonderful Friday nights at Claremont. Even more interest to those who competed over the past six decades.

Our good friend and speedway historian Ken Brown has been writing on speedway since the mid 1960s and there's not a programme or magazine from that era that doesn't have some words from our KB. As part of our quest to provide memories of the 'classic' days I will be posting some of Ken's reports from the National Speed Sport magazine from the late 1960s for your perusal.

The column includes some very interesting reading about the heady days when Claremont was at it's peak with crowd numbers and the fans were spellbound with the local champions and many interstate and international stars competing in all classes on a weekly basis.

Please enjoy 'In The West' by Ken Brown.

THE NORM KEMP PERPETUAL TROPHY

Norm Kemp was a farmer who later worked at Bill Richards' Auto Engineering in Myaree. He owned and raced the #121 TQ at Bibra Lake and Claremont speedways in the 1960s & 70s. After retiring from racing he was part of Bill's pit crew and toured around Australia with the Richards team.

Norm was part of the original group who formed the Corrigin Speedway and joined the WA Classic Speedway Association where he played a major role in establishing the club with Bob Adams.

After Norm's passing in 1998, the association created the Norm Kemp Perpetual Trophy for the 'Most Active Club Member' to honour his dedication to the club and the sport.

The winner is voted each year by club members and the award is presented at the AGM.

Past winners of this prestigious award are:

1998       Rex McKAY

1999       Kevin WEBB

2000       David COLES

2001       David COLES

2002       Bob ADAMS

2003       David COLES

2004       Jess ADAMS

2005       Jess ADAMS

2006       Rex McKAY

2007       Kevin WEBB

2008       Rex McKAY

2009       Steve CHAPMANN

2010       Kevin WEBB

2011       Kevin WEBB

2012       Barry KENNINGTON

2013       Kevin WEBB

2014       Kevin WEBB

2015       Peter PASCOE /Jim PHILLIPS

2016       Ron WEST

2017       Peter PASCOE

2018      Chris ABBOTT / Alan McNESS

The WACSA Needs Your Help

One of the many functions of the WA Classic Speedway Association is collecting unwanted speedway material or donations from former competitors or the public. The club is willing to add any items to its vast memorabilia archive which is regularly displayed at the many events during the year. Programmes, magazines, photographs, trophies, t-shirts, caps, posters, racing apparel and even race cars and bikes are all items in our archive.

It is important that the History of the sport is kept for future generations.

If you have or know anyone who has any speedway related memorabilia please contact Vince Maher, secretary WACSA on 9405 3698 or Graeme Hedington, Historian WACSA on 0412 300 171.

The Classic Speedway Experience

The WA Classic Speedway Association Inc (WACSA) is an important part of the sport of speedway in Western Australia. The association was incorporated in 1994 and has been active in promoting the history of speedway racing by displaying machines and memorabilia to fans in WA.

For someone like myself who's first experience of speedway was at the famous Claremont Speedway at the RAS Showgrounds in the late 1960s the sight and sounds of bikes and cars from that era still excites me as it did half a century ago. Thanks to clubs like the WACSA everyone can attend the numerous country shows, motor shows and the club's bi-annual Gala Day to chat to the drivers and car owners, inspect the classic machines and peruse the enormous collection of donated memorabilia that the club has to display. The club's next Gala Day will be held on 13 August this year at the beautiful Gloucester Park in East Perth.

Anyone is welcome to join the WACSA. You don't have to be a racecar owner or be associated with any speedway club, just a fan.

So if you are a fan of the golden era of speedway, you remember the days of Claremont, Clontalf, Forrestfield, Wattle Grove, Bibra Lake and many other country tracks, why no come along and join our club.

Monthly meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month (except December) at the Shannons Club cnr Williams St and Albany Hwy Cannington at 7.30pm.

Membership is only $50 per annum.

For further details please contact the secretary Vince Maher on 9405 3698.

FORRESTFIELD SPEEDWAY QUICK FACT

The WA Hot Rod Association's Hartfield Road circuit closed in June 1961.

The first meeting at new Dawson Rd speedway track was held on Sunday  17 September 1961.

There were 18 events programmed.

Reg Leach-V8 #35 won the first official race, the West & Hooley Trophy Race over 5 laps in a time of 4.18.10.

Second was Val Drage-V8 #45 and Roy Garvey -V8 #30.

The first Ladies race was event 6, the Ladies Invitation over 3 laps.

First was Rhonda Good in car 24, second was Roberta Scarey in #20 and third Stella Hick in #77.

Race 18, the final race of the day was the Peter Strickland Trophy Race which was contested by the winners of the previous races on the day. Nine cars faced the starter.

This was won by Ron West -V8 #31 from Ray Geneve -Buick # 16 and Barry Brown -Dodge #79 in a time of 4.8.5.

The opening day programme cover is featured on the right.

Amazing photo courtesy of Lee Dunton via Steve Magro of Wembley v West Ham solo match in 1946. Imagine a speedway crowd like this anywhere in the world today other than the SGP.

Club Member - Ron West: Speedcar #77, powered by Holden Red Motor

Posted on facebook by Doug Parker. This car is just too nice to not share with you all.
"Dads Mate Max McCullough sign wrote a ton of cars for us and many others within the sport over the years in Melbourne, this would had been one of the last he done on a restoration that was done by Russell Baker from the Victorian classic & vintage club, great job on the sign work going off some old grainy pics.

Club Member - Vince Maher: Speedcar #74, powered by a Peugeot

Club Member - Kevin Webb: 500cc Solo, powered by a Jawa 890

Club Member - Ross McNicol: 500cc Solo, powered by a Jawa 890

Club Member - Steve Chapman: 500cc Solo, powered by a Jawa 890

Club Member - Bill Richards: TQ #121, powered by a Jawa 890

Club member - Sandra Stephenson: TQ #55, powered by a Yamaha SR500

Club Member - Gary West: Zephyr Super Modified #96

Club Member - Graeme Hedington: Flying Flea II, Super Modified #58

Club Member - John Sims: Chevrolet Super Modified #6.