1928 - FREMANTLE MOTORDROME
Back in the late 1920's when any circular ground was deemed suitable enough, Speedway graced our sporting arenas all over the country.
Fremantle West Australia put its finger in the pie and put on a show for the paying public just like every-ware else.
In 1928, under the name of "Fremantle Motordrome" the West Australian newspaper reported on a meeting held at the Fremantle oval, According to
those newspaper reports a minimum of at least three race meetings were conducted late in 1928.
On the 26th of October, a pursuit match race, from a standing start was held over three laps, The event was won by E Diffen driving a Salmson, His opponent was A Ward in a Morris Oxford, Ward failed to finish the event handing Diffen the win.
Another event saw a challenge match race take place, From a standing start, Diffen again backed up for another win, defeating the Amilcar driver, AE Flemming over a distance of eight laps, Amilcar was a popular choice of vehicle back in those days.
3rd November 1923
The final event on that day was a three lap challenge that produced a track record of 1min-16.8sec, Diffen finally defeated on the day by the Bugatti of J Smith.
The next known event at the Fremantle Motordrome was held on the 9th of November 1928, After a poor performance at the previous meeting, Ward opened his account by winning heat one from J Harcourt in a Salmson racecar, Heat two saw Diffen continue on his winning ways when he outpaced the Fiat powered car of G Anderson, The end of day all-in feature final was won by Diffen, followed across the line by Ward and Anderson, A challenge pursuit race was added to the program, Diffen again victorious over the Bugatti of Smith.
Another meeting and possibly the last at the Motordrome was held on the 23rd of November 1928, A competitive driver and crowd favourite, Diffen started his day with a win in heat one, Flemming no match for Diffen.
The second heat was won by J Harcourt after the Morris Oxford of Ward retired with a punctured tyre, In the final, Diffen was again unbeatable, winning from Flemming and Harcourt.
(Editorial Allan Baker)
1977 - LONDON TO SYDNEY MARATHON
In later years Fremantle Oval has still played a roll in Motoring events, Numerous car shows and of course "Park Ferme" the starting point for the Australian leg of the London to Sydney Marathon car rally.
1977 - The cars are unloaded after arriving in Australia at the Fremantle docks. Photo: unknown.
1980 - FREMANTLE OVAL MOTOCROSS
1980 was the start of some highly promoted Motocross events at Fremantle Oval, Right from the get go these events were hampered by the constant noise complaints from the nabours and the nearby Fremantle Hospital. By 1985 the organisers had had enough and moved on.
1983 - FREMANTLE OVAL MOTOCROSS INTERNATIONAL SPECTACULAR 7th November 1983
Current World 250cc World Motocross Champion Danny LaPorte from the United States has won the 1983 Fremantle International Supercross meeting on 7th of November 1983 at the Fremantle Oval, in front of a sellout crowd.
Danny was also joined by his fellow Yamaha team rider in current 500cc World Motocross champion Hakan Carlqvist from Sweeden.
There was no shortage of talent at the International with riders from overseas, interstate and our Home town stars.
Riders such as Roger Harvey from the United Kingdom, Glenn Bell, Robert "Beetle" Bailey, Stephen Gall, Vaughan Style all from New South Wales. Trevor Williams from Victoria and Jeff Leisk WA.