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  1. Can anybody out there supply me with a list of the winners of the Ipswich 16-lapper ?? I know it started in 1979. Cheers, Ken
  2. WORLD Speedway Champion Tai Woffinden is thrilled to be continuing the good work started by his late father at a track in Western Australia. Woffinden has spent some time in Perth, where he spent his childhood after his parents left Scunthorpe before returning to England almost a decade ago. And he's agreed to become the ambassador for an exciting new project at the track his Dad built - Pinjar Park. Rob Woffinden, who died six years ago after a brave battle with cancer, left a brilliant legacy with the track - but plans are now in place to build a full-sized circuit. Tai, who has won two world titles in three seasons, is throwing his weight behind the project. He said: "I'm very pleased to be supporting the building of a new full sized track in Perth, which is where I was brought up. "It's something which has been needed for many years and is essential, not just for speedway in Western Australia but throughout the country. "With the help of the international speedway world this stadium will be built. "No matter where in the world you come from, speedway is family and we need help in Western Australia." Rob's work created the current junior sized track, which to this day remains the only purpose built circuit in Western Australia. Sheffield and Coventry man Josh Bates enjoyed his experience on the current circuit when winning the Rob Woffinden Classic recently, going from third to first in the final. Other riders who have appeared on the track include new Birmingham signing Jack Smith, son of former Grand Prix man Andy, Cameron Heeps and the highly rated Daniel Winchester. The Speedway Motorcycle Club of Western Australia is a non profit association which has spent the last eight years gaining the necessary environmental and planning approvals, and last year started construction of the new stadium. Club president John Ballantyne said: "Having Tai on board as our ambassador is a real shot in the arm for our hard working members. "It has been a real battle to get to the stage we are at the moment, fighting bureaucracy for the last eight years, and now trying to raise much needed funds to finish construction. "It's not just the track, we are totally focussed on safety and having an air fence in place from the get go will make sure rider safety is put first, and that is a $120,000 commitment." Can you help this worthy cause - any donation, no matter how small, is welcome. Please visit our Facebook page where you can donate via Go Fund Me. https://www.facebook.com/Pinjar-Park-International-Speedway-Stadium-1673779349574506/?fref=ts You can also check out our web site, where a range of fundraising options are available:- www.pinjarinternationalstadium.com.au Thank you for your support - together we can achieve our goal.
  3. We are over the $2,000 mark with donations for the proposed new Pinjar International Stadium - many thanks to all who have contributed. To all you speedway fans out there - please help - even a pound of two will help secure the future of Solo and Sidecar racing in Western Australia. Our heritage goes back to 1927 when the Claremont Speedway opened - promoted by the legendary John S. Hoskins and with future superstars of the sport in Ron Johnson and Sig Schlam. Can you please help our cause......
  4. Check out the Project Development Plan for the new Pinjar International Stadium and see what your donations will bring to the Speedway community in Western Australia. http://www.pinjarinternationalstadium.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Speedway-Development-Plan.pdf
  5. Many thanks to those who have contributed to this worthy cause. Glyn Taylor, former West Australian now living in the UK was the first to put his hand up and donate. In just a couple of days we have had a total of 12 people donate a total of $760. Many thanks and keep it coming. WE CAN DO THIS !!!!!
  6. Carley Gittus started in the junior solos at Bibra Lake (track closed in 2003) and has been a regular at Pinjar Park ever since. This year another lady rider Jessica Boujos (wife of Tim Boujos) started riding after making her name in road racing. Several female riders in the junior ranks here too.
  7. Can you donate a "Dollar" - or even a "Pound" - to help construct the new Pinjar International Stadium in Western Australia?? After the closure of the Bibra Lake Speedway in 2003 a dedicated band of volunteers built a 142 metre junior track in the northern Perth suburb of Neerabup. The track was later licensed for senior riders and became the "Home" of Solo and Sidecar competition in Western Australia. For the past six years the Pinjar Park Speedway has run the prestigious Rob Woffinden Classic, honouring the late Rob Woffinden, who was a prime mover in the building of the track. His son - 2013 and 2015 World Speedway Champion Tai Woffinden - learned to ride at Pinjar Park - and actually won the 2012 Rob Woffinden Classic. Now the hard working volunteers are spending many hours at a site behind the present circuit clearing an area to build the new 330 metre track, which will be the first in WA to have an air fence. The volunteers have saved the Speedway Motor Cycle Club of WA many thousands of dollars already with this massive project. The spectator mounds are almost finished and the track shape is clearly visible. Hopefully the track will be ready for a practice run in April this year. But now money is required to complete this world class facility. Can you help ?? Any donation - large or small - will be gratefully received. Please visit our Facebook page where you can donate via Go Fund Me. https://www.facebook.com/Pinjar-Park-International-Speedway-Stadium-1673779349574506/?fref=ts Also check out our web site, where fund raising options are available. www.pinjarinternationalstadium.com.au Thank you for your support. Together we can make it happen.
  8. CLAREMONT SPEEDWAY HISTORY The long running Claremont Speedway in Western Australia holds a unique position in the history of the dirt-track sport. After stints at West Maitland, Newcastle and the Sydney Showground, former New Zealander John S. Hoskins ventured over to the west coast and convinced the Royal Agricultural Society to construct a cinder track. Following two successful day time meetings in May 1927, the lights came on for the first time on Saturday September 10, 1927. A total of 37 meetings were held with the most successful riders being Ron Johnson, Sig Schlam, Charlie Datson (NSW) and Frank Brown (NSW). At season's end Hoskins took Johnson, Schlam and Datson to England along with a troupe of eastern states riders under the control of A. J. Hunting. The newspaper coverage of those speedway activities some 88 years ago was amazing. No less than six different newspapers filed a race report on that very first meeting on May 14. Now for the very first time, longtime speedway historian Ken Brown has produced a book on the birth of speedway racing in Western Australia. After more than a year of research - and countless hours in front of the computer - the history of that inaugural 1927-28 season is now available for you to read. With 100 pages and more than 130,000 words - the actual newspaper reports of the day have been copied word for word to provide the story of how the track was built, plus the meeting previews (with the nominations) and reviews (with the full race results). "CLAREMONT SPEEDWAY 1927-28 THE LIGHTS GO ON" brings you the whole story of that eventful summer. The language used by the reporters in those far off days was so different to what we read today. For example, read the following report on pint sized Sig Schlam's performance on a 1000c.c. Harley Davidson at only his second meeting - "The riding of Sig Schlam was full of merit. On a big machine he drove through the loose cinders like one possessed. His machine bucked and shied and at times was nearly a foot off the ground but "Sig" just sat there and drove it. The more the motor bucked, the more he turned on the "gas". His times were excellent and his win was a popular one." To find out all about what happened during the 1927-28 season, simply go to www.blurb.com, click on Bookstore and type in Claremont Speedway. Books are available in softcover or hardcover version, or as a PDF copy.
  9. CLAREMONT SPEEDWAY HISTORY The long running Claremont Speedway in Western Australia holds a unique position in the history of the dirt-track sport. After stints at West Maitland, Newcastle and the Sydney Showground, former New Zealander John S. Hoskins ventured over to the west coast and convinced the Royal Agricultural Society to construct a cinder track. Following two successful day time meetings in May 1927, the lights came on for the first time on Saturday September 10, 1927. A total of 37 meetings were held with the most successful riders being Ron Johnson, Sig Schlam, Charlie Datson (NSW) and Frank Brown (NSW). At season's end Hoskins took Johnson, Schlam and Datson to England along with a troupe of eastern states riders under the control of A. J. Hunting. The newspaper coverage of those speedway activities some 88 years ago was amazing. No less than six different newspapers filed a race report on that very first meeting on May 14. Now for the very first time, longtime speedway historian Ken Brown has produced a book on the birth of speedway racing in Western Australia. After more than a year of research - and countless hours in front of the computer - the history of that inaugural 1927-28 season is now available for you to read. With 100 pages and more than 130,000 words - the actual newspaper reports of the day have been copied word for word to provide the story of how the track was built, plus the meeting previews (with the nominations) and reviews (with the full race results). "CLAREMONT SPEEDWAY 1927-28 THE LIGHTS GO ON" brings you the whole story of that eventful summer. The language used by the reporters in those far off days was so different to what we read today. For example, read the following report on pint sized Sig Schlam's performance on a 1000c.c. Harley Davidson at only his second meeting - "The riding of Sig Schlam was full of merit. On a big machine he drove through the loose cinders like one possessed. His machine bucked and shied and at times was nearly a foot off the ground but "Sig" just sat there and drove it. The more the motor bucked, the more he turned on the "gas". His times were excellent and his win was a popular one." To find out all about what happened during the 1927-28 season, simply go to www.blurb.com, click on Bookstore and type in Claremont Speedway. Books are available in softcover or hardcover version, or as a PDF copy.
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    Newspaper Coverage

    Similar story in Australia too. Nothing like the coverage speedway used to get. Back when the Claremont Speedway started (1927) the first meeting had race reports by SIX different newspapers!!
  11. Came across the following post on an American message board about car racing - and the colour green being unlucky. Can anyone tell me if there was ever a green helmet colour????? It originated from solo (bike's) Speedway in England and Europe and related to the gate colours. Solo's run different helmet colours for each starting gate red=1, blue=2, green=3, white=4. Back in the day several riders were killed and seriously injured (safety wasn't real good then) and because gate 3 was difficult due to riders being on either side it was seen to be the most dangerous and it was quite often the green helmeted rider caught up in the incident. Many riders began to refuse to wear the green helmet covers and still do today because of the superstition; instead they will wear a yellow helmet cover with a black cross on it.
  12. The 2015 FIM Speedway World Champion will be crowned Down Under after BSI Speedway, rights holders of the FIM Speedway Grand Prix (SGP) series, signed a five-year deal to stage the Australian FIM Speedway Grand Prix at Melbourne’s state-of-the-art Etihad Stadium. The largest indoor motor racing spectacle in the Southern Hemisphere sees SGP action return to Australia on October 24, 2015; the first time it has featured Down Under for 13 years. Tickets go on sale on Friday (10th October) at 9am Melbourne time*, and start at the bargain price of $49 AUD for adults and $24.50AUD for children, giving Aussie fans a fantastic opportunity to see their golden generation of stars, featuring 2012 world champion and five-time Australian champion Chris Holder and compatriot Jason Doyle, live and up close. With everything from FIM Speedway World Championship medals to 2016 FIM Speedway Grand Prix qualification places set to be decided at Etihad Stadium, BSI Speedway managing director Paul Bellamy is delighted to be bringing the series home to the country where speedway was born in the early 20th century. He said: “Australia is one of the true superpowers of world speedway and it has been a long-term goal of ours to take the FIM Speedway Grand Prix series back Down Under. “The SGP series has visited some fabulous venues across the globe and Etihad Stadium is up there with the very, very best of them. “Melbourne lives and breathes motor sport and sport in general. We hope Melburnians, Victorians and fans from all over Australia, New Zealand and the rest of the world embrace the event next year. “Despite the retirement of triple world champion Jason Crump and record 10-time Aussie champ Leigh Adams in recent years, the production line of world-class Australian talent just keeps rolling. “I’m sure the likes of Chris Holder and Jason Doyle, who has qualified for the 2015 series, will be absolutely elated to be racing in such a big meeting on home soil. “Their fans spend most of the season getting up in the early hours of the morning to watch them in action live on the Speed channel. I hope they will enjoy the opportunity to support them at Etihad Stadium, and at a far more civilised hour!” Etihad Stadium is situated in Melbourne’s CBD, surrounded by shops and restaurants and adjacent to Southern Cross Station –the city’s main transport hub. As well as hosting some of the world’s top music artists, the venue stages everything from AFL (Aussie Rules) and cricket to soccer and darts. Paul Sergeant, chief executive officer of Melbourne Stadiums Ltd, owners of Etihad Stadium, looks forward to bringing more world-class sport to a world-class venue. He said: “Bringing FIM Speedway Grand Prix racing to Etihad Stadium has been on our agenda for some time and is a tremendous coup for Melbourne. We’re looking forward to an exciting five years of SGP action and are in no doubt it will become a hugely popular event. “We’re proud to be staging and promoting the Australian FIM Speedway Grand Prix, which will be privately funded. “The SGP series is spectacular. It’s in an easy to follow format with fast and exciting racing. Here at Etihad Stadium, air horns will be more than welcome, so the noise will be something special under our roof! “With adult tickets starting at $49 AUD, this is a fantastic opportunity to see the best riders in the world live, without spending the thousands of dollars needed to travel to Europe. “We’re also looking forward to working with Australian Speedway legends Jason Crump and Leigh Adams, who will serve as Australian SGP ambassadors. It’s an honour to have them on board and we hope the event will help the current crop of Aussie stars become legends in their own right.” Tickets for the Australian SGP are available via www.ticketmaster.com.au from 9am Melbourne time on Friday (11pm Thursday UK time and midnight Thursday CET). For further information with regards to Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium, visit: www.etihadstadium.com.au. For further information on the SGP series visit: www.speedwaygp.com.
  13. Just been to the Speedway on Disc site to find it has closed down. I would like to buy a couple more of the discs that he had on offer. Does anyone know where I can contact him?? Cheers, Ken stats@openaccess.com.au
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    2012 Rob Woffinden Classic, Perth Wa.

    Heeps sixth in points - 3 3 0 1 3 = 10 Fourth in his semi final Risager ninth in points - 2 2 2 1 2 = 9 just missed out on semi final berth Both looked good
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    2012 Rob Woffinden Classic, Perth Wa.

    Top shelf meeting! The final saw Tai Woffinden defeat Ricky Kling, Ricki Wells and Daniel Winchester. Woffy was undefeated on the night winning all five of his heat races, semi final and the final in brilliant fashion.
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