BSR Boss Bruce Stephens Celebrates 50 Years

Words and Images – Paul Griffin

Iconic Victorian Sprintcar Team Owner Bruce Stephens celebrated his 50th birthday today (Sunday 23rd Oct) with a fancy spread at his Melbourne-based racing headquarters.

Bruce, a former successful Hotrod and Sprintcar Driver and nowadays the team owner of the highly prominent BSR (Bruce Stephens Racing) Team invited a large contingent of family, friends, associates and team members to a fabulous luncheon.

Bruce Stephens

Birthday Boy Indeed ! – Bruce Stephens. Congratulations mate !!

Bruce Stephens

Bruce gets a little help to extinguish his candles

Bruce is a larger than life character in Australian Sprintcar Racing and through the years has given many a Driver the opportunity to launch their careers and immerse themselves in one of Australia’s top teams.

Some of the Drivers that can pay homage to Bruce include USA’s Brad Sweet and David Gravel, Harley Bishop, former National Champion David Murcott and former F500 champion Liam Williams just to name a few.

Current BSR Driver and rising star Brad “Wazza” Warren was in attendance and while having a casual chat with us paid tribute to Bruce’s thorough and dedicated approach to racing.

We congratulate Bruce on half a century on the planet and take our hat off to a man that has given so much to so many !!!!

Cheers Bruce.

Bruce Stephens enjoys a special moment

Bruce Stephens enjoys a special moment after opening one of his presents – a Peter Brock signed Bathurst Print of famous winning cars

Bruce Stephen's Vic 91

Bruce placed the Brand New V91 on display at the celebration for all to see

BSR Team headquarters

A large group enjoyed the celebrations at BSR headquarters

Family and Friends enjoyed a great day

Family and Friends truly enjoyed a great day at BSR


The roast luncheon was well supported by some very exclusive mini desserts – I had three of them !!

Gotta love that new livery on the V91

Gotta love that new livery on the V91

Soft serve

Bruce even put on a Soft Serve machine to keep all happy

A ripper photo board greeted guests as they entered the BSR inner sanctum

A ripper photo board greeted guests as they entered the BSR inner sanctum

Miller Chill

What more does a person want ?? – A 900 HP Sprintcar and a gorgeous mini chocolate mousse !! (oh yeah….a couple of Miller Chill’s as well !)

Thomos race graphics

The new 2016/17 livery of the BSR V91 was designed and affixed to the racecar Friday by Thomos Race Graphics from Warrnambool

The foos and chance to catch up with fellow speedway enthusiasts at Bruce Stephen's 50th was awesome

The food and a chance to catch up with fellow speedway enthusiasts at Bruce Stephen’s 50th was awesome

Lots of Speedway chatter ensued

Lots of Speedway chatter ensued – it was a top day

Even little Zeke Warren rocked up, played with his cars enjoyed the roast and polished the day off with a soft serve ice cream

Even little Zeke Warren rocked up ! – he played with his cars, “woofed down” the roast and polished the day off with a soft serve ice cream (HOW COOL IS THAT !)

The immaculate BSR transporter greeted guests as they arrived

The immaculate BSR transporter greeted guests as they arrived at racing headquarters

Brad Sweet

Bruce Stephens has hosted several international Drivers over the years as BSR Team Owner – this one is Brad Sweet when he was just 17 years old – 13 years ago !

One of Bruce's Drivers a few years back - Harley Bishop giving it heaps !

One of Bruce’s other Drivers a few years back – Harley Bishop giving it heaps !

Ah Yes ! There was a ripper cake as well.

Ah Yes !   …….
There was a ripper cake as well.

Bruce Stephens

Happy Days !!!!! – Bruce and his Dear Mum Jean at the function

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Robbie Farr Sensational at Valvoline Raceway

All Images by Gary Reid:
Words – Valvoline Raceway PR

Robbie Farr has taken his dominant form from his recent Queensland Title victory to south of the border to claim the third round of the NSW USC at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway.

Farr claimed his 41st career win at the venue by timing quickest in the first qualifying flight while Matt Smith claimed the overall Quicktime honour with a rapid 11.585 lap as James Thompson registered an identical time to Smith’s, but on his second circulation.

Farr’s runner-up result in his heat set the foundation for him winning the first dash and locked in to the front row of the A-Main alongside Grant Anderson with Matt Dumesny and Matt Smith sharing row two and Max Johnston and Ben Atkinson in positions five and six, representing four states over the first six spots on the grid.

Farr was untouchable from the start and was never threatened for the entire 30 laps despite a barnstorming start from Anderson who was buoyant from his win last weekend in Avalon, however faded back to sixth within the first five laps.


Robbie Farr won

A Main podium: (l-r) Matt Dumesny (3rd), Robbie Farr (1st), Max Johnston (2nd)

Toby Bellbowen was the first casualty after contact with Shaun Dobson sent the N7 skyward over the finish line after just three laps, and the Essendon Ford entry of Dobson out of the race with a deflated right rear.

James Thompson was mind blowing in the first six laps advancing from tenth to sixth, while Ben Atkinson attained a potential podium position after seven laps before being relegated to fourth by a hard charging Max Johnston.

Maxy J had mysteriously fallen to ninth in the first ten laps before meticulously clawing back to third in the closing stages to go into battle with Matt Dumesny who’d held on to second for much of the race. Dumesny however was balked by lapped traffic on the last corner exit of the final lap and opened the door for Johnston to steal a runner up finish at the final opportunity.

Ben Atkinson secured fourth in front of Jackson Delamont advanced from a fourth row start to claim fifth.

Max Dumesny was almost the hard charger after a heat race DNF forced him to battle through the B main to start 22nd in the A main and progress an impressive twelve positions to finish tenth, however the reigning USC NSW champion was upstaged by his youngest son Marcus who climbed from 21st to 8th with a warning sign to the industry of the level of natural talent that resides in the quietly spoken teenager.

Robbie Farr

Robbie Farr in hot laps

Grant Anderson

Grant Anderson outside Matt Dumesny in the A-Main

Valvoline raceway

The start of the A Main sent the dust flying

Jeremy Cross (39)

3 wide action – Jeremy Cross (39) holds off Marty Perovich (17) and Marcus Dumesny (47)

Courtney O'Hehir (71) finds some grip after a B Main melee. Also pictured are Jimmy Matchett (88), AJ Nash (51), Brayden Willmington (89), Matt Geering (blue 6), Mark Blyton (98)

Courtney O’Hehir (71) finds some grip after a B Main melee. Also pictured are Jimmy Matchett (88), AJ Nash (51), Brayden Willmington (89), Matt Geering (blue 6), Mark Blyton (98)

Troy Little

Troy Little on the Valvoline clay early in the program

Grant Tunks

Grant Tunks shows what a left rear with 4 PSI looks like when under full power

Shaun Dobson

Shaun Dobson in hot laps also has that classic left rear sidewall ripple

Toby Bellbowen

Toby Bellbowen spent the night in hospital for observation after a big main straight crash in the A Main. Here Toby really gets down to business

West Aussie AJ Nash (51), leads Jay Waugh (99) and Matt Geering (6)

West Aussie AJ Nash (51), leads Jay Waugh (99) and Matt Geering (6)

Jordyn Brazier

Jordyn Brazier leads Andrew Wright in an early heat

USC attention now turns to Murray Machining and Shed Speedway in Murray Bridge next Saturday where a field in excess of 40 cars is expected to grace the newest venue on the USC roster for South Australia’s first Ultimate Pink Night.

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Sam Walsh Shines at Valvoline Raceway

All Images by Gary Reid:
Words – Valvoline Raceway / USC

Sam Walsh was a jubilant winner of the Sid Hopping Shootout at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway Saturday night (15 Oct), pocketing $10,000 for the win and creating a nice little slice of history along the way.

Earlier in the night the 28-year-old third generation racer sped his new Rocket Industries #92 GF1 to the fastest single lap ever recorded at Valvoline Raceway with a sizzling 11.549 in qualifying and eclipsed American Cody Darrah’s long-standing record.

“It’s been an incredible night for our team,” grinned Walsh as he pointed to the Rocket Industries/Aeroflow Corporate Box a mere 100m from where he was parked in victory lane, “we’ve got a great motor in this new car and we’re starting to get handle on the package. I can’t thank everyone enough for making this possible.”

Sam Walsh

A Main podium: (l-r) Jamie Veal (3rd), Sam Walsh (1st), Sid Hopping (Sprintcar legend), Matt Dumesny (2nd)

Sam Walsh

Sam Walsh celebrates

Sid Hopping himself was delighted to hand the winner’s trophy over to Walsh for the second time in three years.

“You did a great job Sam. The speed you had tonight was incredible. Well done,” said the living legend and creator of the Parramatta City Raceway (now Valvoline raceway) near enough to forty years ago.

Despite the fact that the track took rubber during the 30-lap main event the racing was enthralling with some surprising moments and several personal best results.

Matt Dumesny sped by first his father Max, then Jamie Veal to record his first podium and second place finish.

Jamie Veal placed third behind Walsh and Dumesny with Max Johnston putting in a blinder to place fourth ahead of Robbie Farr, Max Dumesny, Jordyn Brazier, Daniel Sayre (career best for 8th), Jackson Delamont and Troy Little rounding out the top ten.

Classified outside the top ten were James Thompson eleventh followed by Toby Bellbowen, Ben Atkinson, Grant Tunks, Marcus Dumesny, Kyle Caunt, Shaun Dobson, Mick Saller, Braydan Wilmington, Marty Perovich, Jeremy Cross and Garry Brazier.

Sam Walsh was the fastest qualifier in Flight One and overall whilst Robbie Farr was the fastest in Flight Two.

Heat winners were Jordyn Brazier, Jamie Veal, Robbie Farr and Max Johnston.

The B-Main transferees (1st and 2nd) in the respective two B-Mains were Garry Brazier, Matt Smith, Shaun Dobson and Braydan Willmington.

The Pole Shootout was won by Jamie Veal.

A huge crowd greeted drivers and crew as the second annual “Ultimate Pink Night” promotion drew fans in from all over Sydney.

Fundraising was held for the National Breast Cancer Foundation with many teams getting fully committed to the cause and helping to raise funds and awareness for the cause.

Seb Johnston

Seb Johnston leads Michael Jordan

Max Dumesny

Darryl Campbell (28) leads Max Dumesny (5) and Grant Tunks (54)

Pink was the theme for the night with sprintcars Courtney O'Hehir (71) and Daniel Sayre (16) in the flag parade

In support of breast cancer research Pink was the theme for the night – Sprintcars Courtney O’Hehir (71) and Daniel Sayre (16)  “wore pink” in the Flag Parade as did the Q30 Legends car in the middle

Marcus Dumesny

Marcus Dumesny on the gas at Valvoline Raceway

Cam Ware

Cam Ware in action

Sam Walsh

Sam Walsh (92) underneath Brayden Willmington (89) in the closing laps of the A Main

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James McFadden wins Grand Opening Meeting at Perth Motorplex

Banner Image – Richard Hathaway Photography (

All images by Peter Roebuck
Words – Paul Griffin

James McFadden driving the W17 Monte Motorsport Milwaukee Tools entry was a convincing winner in the Grand Opening meeting at Perth Motorplex.

It was a rather cold night and round one of the AHG Series.

Following McFadden across the line was Brad Maiolo and Shaun Bradford.

Earlier in the night Jason Kendrick set quick time (13.839 sec) but was a DNF in the A-Main, pulling out on lap 10 of the 30 lapper with a broken uni joint

Kye Scroop came home in 4th while Taylor Milling rounded out the top 5.






















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Perth Motorplex Final Practice Session for 2016/17 Season

Peter roebuck went along to last Wednesday’s final practice session prior to the Grand Opening meeting last night (Sat 16th Oct) – Here are some of Peter’s great shots.

James McFadden

James McFadden was impressive in the new W17 Monte Motorsport entry

The track was well prepared and hooky

The track was well prepared and hooky

Brad Maiolo

Brad Maiolo

Jamie Maiolo

Jamie Maiolo

Shaun Bradford

Shaun Bradford down the Motorplex back straight


The Zemunik #72 at full noise

James Inglis

James Inglis in action at the Perth Motorplex

James McFadden

Former Australian Sprintcar Champion James McFadden has moved to the Monte Motorsport Team this season

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Aussie V8 Non Wing Sprints – an Emerging Class


Words – Paul Griffin & Glen Vincent (President of V8 Non Wing Sprints Australia)

In April 2015 Glen Vincent and his son Matt were running V6 Wingless Sprintcars in Western Australia.

Rewind a touch and back in the late 90’s and early 2000’s Glen campaigned both 320 and 360 Sprintcars. He loved the performance and sound of the V8 engines and when he got into V6 Wingless cars he passionately dreamt of the prospect of a new V8 Non Wing Sprintcar class in Australia.

As an experiment Glen decided it would be interesting to put a  Holden LS1 (Gen III) power plant into a second car that they had lying around.

The Holden LS1 is a neat fit in Glen Vincent's Maxim chassis

The Holden LS1 is a neat fit in Glen Vincent’s Maxim chassis

After considerable public chat about it with hundreds of people on Facebook, they found there was huge interest in a possible V8 Non Wing category.

Glen and matt met with several people who had already put LS1’s into Sprintcars and with the help of two mates Paul Harris and Jason Bloxsidge they then arranged a public meeting to decide on a direction for the possible class.

The LS1 engine was chosen for its Aussie appeal, lightweight construction, low cost and availability.

The full aluminium 5.7 litre pushrod engine was available in selected Holden products from 1999 to 2006. Produced locally by Holden and sharing many aspects of a Chev design, it was a great street engine that was blessed with awesome horsepower straight out of the showroom.

A mechanical throttle body fuel injection system was chosen for the LS1 to eliminate any computer interface and associated electronics and also to allow competitors to run standard Sprintcar fuel, power steering pumps and other parts.

Fuel injection

The Ausflow injection system used in the first Vincent car was made in Victoria and uses a Victor Junior manifold with eight nozzles

The first Vincent car

The first LS1 powered Vincent car (#9) in WA

A committee was established and they went about setting up the concept of the new class.

Some difficult challenges and hurdles were encountered early on, but this determined group remained focused and continued on building the class.

In WA the club currently comprises 10 cars. Numerous private development sessions have been held in the past few months to iron out any bugs and get the drivers up to speed in preparation for the inaugural December unveiling of the category at Avon Valley Speedway in Western Australia (For further race and track details see earlier post)

The following video clip is from the very first test session of the #9 Vincent Maxim at WA’s Avon Valley Speedway:

In terms of National spread, the V8 Non Wing Sprintcars have well and truly established themselves in Queensland with racing is already in full swing at Carine Speedway, Bundaberg.

The first race at Carine was on September 10th 2016 and saw local Ace Brendan Parker becoming the first National Feature race winner of the V8 Non Winged class.

Brendan Parker

Brendan Parker – First Feature Race winner of the V8 Non Wing Sprint class at Carine

V8 Non Wing Sprints

Four of the V8 Non Wing Sprints at Carine Speedway QLD

Victoria is also embracing the category with a state sub-committee already established. A home track has been identified and several cars are well advanced in the build phase. The plan is for Victorian racing to commence next season, with some practice and demonstration runs to be held in the meantime.

As part of the journey to launch the new category, the class has become an affiliate of USAC (United States Auto Club) with all drivers holding USAC competition licences and insurance from Motorsport Insurance here in Australia

The all-important LS1 engine plant won’t break the bank either and is completely aligned with two key mandates of the class – “Big horsepower and affordable racing”.

This class is all about going fast, having fun, putting on a spectacle and doing it on a modest budget.

A low km second hand LS1 will set the Teams back just $1500 while fully reconditioned units complete with injection, MSD ignition and all the bolt-on stuff will round out at about $11,000.

The engines are rev limited to 6200 RPM and apart from a valve spring upgrade and minor compression increase, the only other allowable alterations are purely cosmetic. Power is typically in the realms of 460 HP and toque about 440 ft lbs.

The class has a right rear tyre compound rule whereby you are only permitted to run a WAV or harder tyre in any make.

According to Glen Vincent they are also in the process of adding some additional chassis safety rules which combined with the existing rules will see the class enjoy the highest Sprintcar safety specs in the World.

Given the relatively low initial cost to build a car (thanks largely to the engine) and the close completion that the class promises to deliver, it’s going to be interesting to watch the development and rise of the V8 Non Wing Sprints on the National front.

For more info on V8 Non Wing Sprints contact Glen Vincent (President of V8 Non Wing Sprints Australia) on 0406 462 651 or you can email Glen on .

Membership forms and rules are on the V8 Non Wing Sprints website:


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Perth Motorplex Practice Session – Wednesday 5th Sept

All images – Peter Roebuck

With the Perth Motorplex Grand Opening meeting just one week away, local Sprintcar pilots had a practice session Wednesday this week. New drivers, new cars, new transporters, new teams and new liveries !

Peter Roebuck went along and here is a sample of his great images.

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Jamie Veal Streaks to Victory at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway Opener

All Images by Gary Reid:
Words by Valvoline Raceway PR

Jamie Veal was a convincing winner of the Brian Healey Gold Cup that also doubled as the first round of USC (Ultimate Sprintcar Challenge) NSW in front of a big crowd at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway tonight.

The driver of the SWI Engineering Maxim put in a dominant performance in the 35-lap A Main and pick up the $10,000 winner’s prize to lead home Robbie Farr in second and James Thompson third.

Jamie Veal

A Main podium: (l-r) Robbie Farr (2nd), Jamie Veal (1st), James Thompson (3rd)

He also set quick time, won his heat and won the Pole Shootout in a polished display which now sees him register 12 main event wins to tie with Ian Loudoun, Steve Brazier and Adrian Maher in career victories.

Veal’s podium finish in Round One of USC QLD last weekend at Toowoomba and now his recent Valvoline Raceway win give he and Robbie Farr (a pair of podiums in as many weeks) a tremendous start in his Ultimate Sprintcar Championship title defence.

Sam Walsh placed fourth behind James Thompson with Ian Loudoun rounding out the top five ahead of Toby Bellbowen (6th) Max Dumesny (7th) Danny Reidy (8th) Kyle Caunt (9th) and Grant Tunks tenth.

Classified behind the top ten were Warren Ferguson eleventh, Michael Saller twelfth and Matt Smith thirteenth.

DNF’s were Jay Waugh, Daniel Sayre, Jeremy Cross, Andrew Wright, Jake Tranter, Brandon Rawlings, Matt Dumesny, Jackson Delamont, Shaun Dobson, Max Johnston and Troy Little.

Here are some more incredible images from Gary Reid – Thanks Gary !!

Garry Brazier (21)

Brendan Scorgie (57) leads Garry Brazier (21)

Matt Dumesny

Matt Dumesny (57) leads Marty Perovich (17)

Jay Waugh

A classic Gary Reid shot – Jay Waugh runs down the back straight at Valvoline Raceway bathed in the Sydney sun

Daniel Sayre

Daniel Sayre beautifully poised

Robbie Farr

Robbie Farr came home in second place

Jamie Veal

Jamie Veal – A polished performance to take the A-Main

Max Dumesny

Max Dumesny (5) inside Jordyn Brazier (21)

Shaun Dobson leads Mick Saller

Shaun Dobson leads Mick Saller

Grant Tunks (54) inside Corey McCullagh (90)

Grant Tunks (54) inside Corey McCullagh (90)



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The Rise and Rise of Avon Valley Speedway

Race Images – Peter Roebuck
Words – Paul Griffin

On September 17th our intrepid photographer in Western Australia Peter Roebuck went bush and attended a Sprintcar meet at the old Northam Speedway.

Peter caught some ripper images of some pretty spectacular Sprintcar racing at the 1/4 mile Super High Bank venue now know as Avon Valley Speedway.

No dirt track Australia has banks as radical as the ones at Avon Valley Speedway – they are stunningly massive ! You have to see them to believe them and the racing that results is equally as stunning.

The Speedway sat dormant for several years, but now with an impressive makeover has morphed into a unique Motorsport facility with a fresh new look…. and what is really awesome about it is that it has been set up on a model of affordability (cheap entry for spectators and Teams) and also gives many classes that have been shunned by other tracks the chance to go racin’.

To get to the track is easy —- From Perth head east to Northam, turning off the Great Eastern Highway into Fox Road 5 km before Northam itself.

Avon Valley Speedway is also hosting throughout the season a new class that has been hotly discussed and one that is  predicted to explode in WA and perhaps the rest of the country…. “Wingless V8 Sprintcars” ….BRING IT ON !

There is even a great “KIDZ” Night planed on 3rd Dec – where kids are free !!

Back now to the September 17th Sprintcar meeting …….Winner of the meet was Daniel Salter.

Following him was Paul Flint and Alan Nash.

Thanks to Peter Roebuck here is a sample of the action.

Avon Valley Speedway

The action was aplenty in the Sept 17 meeting across all classes. This Speedcar racer shows how much of a passenger he was ……no steering wheel (See within red circle)

Paul Flint

Paul Flint in action

Dan Salter

Feature Winner Daniel Salter

Paul Flint (64) and Daniel Salter (26)

Paul Flint (64) and Daniel Salter (26) get ready to rumble

Allan Nash

Allan Nash overcooked it

Paul Flint and Allan Nash

Paul Flint (64) slips past the spinning Allan Nash

Allan Nash spin

Alan Nash was trying everything to hang onto the #51

Go Hard Allan Nash

Allan Nash finally came to a rest with quite a bit of damage and was unable to restart

Daniel Salter

Daniel Salter won the Sprintcar feature in spectacular style


The following link is a great video précis of the meeting and has some ripper camera work and even drone views of the pits and the track………..



Avon Valley Speedway is turning pink for Breast Cancer Awareness on the 22nd October 2016. The venue is staging a “Pink Race Night” to help raise vital funds for the McGrath Foundation.

pink-race-nightThis meeting will also feature Round 1 of the new Westcoast Sprintcar Series, held over 3 rounds for 410 and 360 Sprintcars.

Speedcars will be back in action battling for their $1000 to win the highly regarded West Coast Speedcar Shootout.

Race classes on the night include – 410/360 Sprintcars, WC Speedcars, Street Stocks, Formula 500s and Junior Sedans.

And looking further ahead here is the season calendar:


The entire set-up and rebirthing to Avon Valley Speedway looks like one cool formula for success and one cool win for Speedway fans !!

Further information can be found on  or by calling Venue Promoter Rod Howe M:0488 962 010 or Promotions manager Jason Bloxidge M: 0459 117 136 (Avon Valley Speedway)


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Sydney Valvoline Speedway Rolls Out Practice Session #2

All Images by Gary Reid
Gary has truckloads of awesome photos from Valvoline Raceway and can be contacted on:


Ace Photographer Gary Reid took time out again this week to rock up to Sydney Valvoline Speedway and witness what was a pretty impressive practice session.

The Sprintcar racing season officially kicks off at Valvoline Raceway in two short weeks on Saturday 1st October.

Gary got close up and dirty with these shots !

Brenden Rallings

Brenden Rallings gases it up in the N65

Matt Geering

Still at school, Matt Geering is looking forward to his first season in 410 sprintcars

Matt Dumesny

Matt Dumesny (57) set some good lap times despite a heavy track early in the night

Peter O'Neill

Peter O’Neill in full flight

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan looking sweet at Sydney Valvoline Raceway

Blake Skipper

Blake Skipper in the N24

Mick Matchett

Mick Matchett was lapping in the top 5 times

Ian Burrows

Ian Burrows was quick and is looking for a Naming Rights sponsor

Robert Seton

Robert Seton has some pretty good connections in Speedway and is set for a big season

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