1964 MERSEY THREE QUARTER SPEEDCAR CLUB
Latrobe Speedway was Tasmania's first purpose built speedway, built after a group of enthusiastic men attended a meeting at the Tamahere Hotel in Devonport with aim of building their own speedway.
Bill Haycock was the driving force behind the idea and peviously had displayed and demonstrated his car on the states carnaval circuit.
Out of that meeting the Mersey Three quarter Speedcar Club was formed and a D shaped clay oval was built measuring 440 metres on the pole line.
1965 LATROBE SPEEDWAY
During the first season at Latrobe about twelve speedcars competed, together with about four solo bikes, sidecars would follow soon after.
1966 - 1967 AUSTRALIAN THREE QUARTER SPEEDCAR CHAMPIONSHIP
Tasmania hosted its first Australian Speedway tital at Latrobe, that being the National Tital for three quarter speedcars, this event would put Latrobe on the Australian Speedway map.
1st - Les Redpath: Tasmania
2nd - ?
3rd - ?
1973 LATROBE SPEEDWAY PROGRAMME SLIDESHOW
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197? USA v TASMANIA 3 TEST SERIES (NIGHT 2)
Latrobe Speedway hosted round two of the three round series, night one had been held at Carrick Speedway the previous night with the USA team winning.
Round two however would be a differant story. The Tasmanian team consisted of Chas Kelly (Torana l34), Gene Cook (GTR-XU1), Gary Scott (Cortina) and Gary Pendry (Mini).
Trouble struck the USA team prior to the nights racing as Hash Browns Monza engine has broken a crankshaft and could not be repaired on the night.
As a sporting gesture the Tasmanian team captain Chas Kelly ordered the officials that the forth finishing Tasmanian driver of each race would not collect points.
At the end of the nights racing the Tasmanian team had defeated the USA team 70 points to 64 points. so this drew to two teams with a win each, prior to the third test the USA team would travel to the South of Tasmania to compete in a series of 4 lap match races at the Richmond Speedway.