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Old 11-23-2009, 04:50 PM   #1
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Default Speedway Royale - Sydney Showground.

My introduction to dirt track speedway racing began in the early 1960s, when as a 13 year old I attended the Sydney Showground Speedway Royale. I would continue to frequent the place regularly through the summers, until its demise in 1996, due to noise issues. Funny that as when it started hardly anybody lived anywhere near the place.....ah progress!
The place was owned by the Royal Agricultural Society, hence the animals seen here.This photo was taken not long after speedway racing commenced. It was a 570 yard shale track and pretty narrow. That meant excitement plus......geez at the end of its time they were racing 372ci sprintcars around there.


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Old 11-23-2009, 07:15 PM   #2
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Bob,
Thanks for sharing some stories from down under and welcome to ARM, I am sure that you will enjoy this as much as we all do.
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Bruce,
Mate, anything to do with dirt track speedway racing gives me enjoyment!
Thanks for the welcome.
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Bob it looks like the corners are longer than the straights, is that an optical illusion?
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Bob,

Thanks for the great posting.....By the way I really enjoyed the videos on the other thread. Glad to have you on board, this is a great site.

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One of the many super stars that Empire Speedways, Promoters of the Sydney Showground, brought to Australia to race was Californian ace, Marshall Sargent. Driving this car he was a absolute sensation. We had seen nothing like Sargent in his "Super Modified". He would start 1 lap down to give the rest of the field a chance and still win!

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You're dead right, the corners were long...it's not an illusion.
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Here's another American that made a huge impression at the Royale.........
Jim Davies


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One of the reasons for the success of the Royale was the diversity of racing on the programme. As well as the midgets, there were 500cc solo bikes and 1000cc HRD Vicent sidecars. Super modifieds made regular appearance also.
Everyone was catered
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The solos and sidecars were extremely fast and look how close that wooden fence is....




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The Modified class that ran at the showground back then were home built machines that looked a little agricultural.....



Then someone discovered the west coast of America...wow what a difference in a very short time. We had CAE cars imported......
Bill Warner in his CAE Mod....



and copies of this Edmunds Modifieds appearing...


Bob Tunks' locally built Edmunds...






The class had gained some respectability and we were on our way towards sprintcars

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