All Images: Peter Roebuck
We’ve done a repost on this article as our good Mate and Speedway Guru Con Migro was able to help identify more of the cars and famous riders/drivers from yesteryear.
A big thank you Con !!
Our good mate and Speedway Lensman Virtuoso Peter Roebuck is great at staying out of trouble – That’s because he loves his Speedway, and at every opportunity he sniffs out a race or a special Speedway Event – It literally keeps him off the streets !!!!
On Saturday 13th August Peter went along to the stunning Gloucester Park Harness Racing Facility in West Perth WA.
Here Peter saw a different form of horsepower compared to what normally graces the venue – On display under the cover of the grandstand was a magnificent array of Speedway machines from yesteryear, ranging from bikes to TQ’s to Formula 500’s to Speedcars to tin tops to Supermodifieds and Sprintcars — All classes were all there, proudly on display in their livery from years gone by.
There was also a heap of former riders and drivers in attendance to swap stories and chat about the sport we love so much and where its roots came from in WA.
They were and still are Champions and showcasing their machines made a very special and memorable day.
Here’s some photos for you viewing pleasure – thanks Peter! ….and congrats mate on yet another award !! :
Peter Roebuck picked up this award for 5 decades for capturing the moment in Speedway
Peter has had a particularly good year when it comes to Photographic Awards – Here’s his “Batcave” where he proudly displays his trophies
Mike Figlliomini’s Speedcar is graced with the presence of Frank Figs and daughter Georgia
Veteran TQ/ F500 Racer Bill “Curly” Richards
Former Solo great the “Mighty” Mick McKeon
Multi sidecar Champ Dennis Nash
Former Racer Bob Goddard with Geoff Stanton’s Speedcar
A big crowd attended the special showcase
The crowd flowed through the display all day
The spectacular Dale Concrete Sprintcar (348 ci) with remote control clone model
Laurie Hardy’s spectacular Monaro
Dennis Nash and Len Bowes
1960’s TQ’s (Now called F500’s)
John Singleton’s thumper Mustang
Old World Solo Bikes
Some more of the crowd and the #22 Noel “Tubby” McDonald’s speedcar in the foreground
Multiple Australian Champ John Anderson and the #1 F500
Bonza Bradford’s #57 Sprintcar with Ray Geneve – notice the coil-over front end
The great Charlie West sitting on Des Ferris’s Offenhauser speedcar
Geoff Pilgrim with his VW powered speedcar
Chum Taylor – 90 years old and still going strong !
Old time Supermod
Another couple of Old time Supermods – the one at back is a 6 cylinder with quite an impressive high rise manifiold
Brilliantly prepared speedcar from yesteryear – notice how safety in terms of roll cages has advanced
Another old time speedcar
Beautifully restored #26 Supermodified – driven by Scottie Robinson