1968 - BRIDGEWATER SPEEDWAY #1
The original Bridgewater Speedway was opened to the public in 1968.
The land at the time was owned by David McShane and the racing programme consisted of sedan car racing only.
By the tracks 2nd year McShane had sold the land to the Housing Department for future housing, as there were no immediate plans to build on the site the track was leased to the Bridgewater Speedway Drivers Association.
1970 - BRIDGEWATER SPEEDWAY PROGRAMME
1970's - NEVILLE HARPER PRODUCTION SEDANS
1970's - Tasmanian champion Neville would take it up to the interstate visitors. Photo: Paul Geard.
1973 - DANIELS & TRAYLING PROMOTIONS
Joint promoters David Daniels and Nigel Trayling took control of the venue in 1973 from the Bridgewater Speedway Drivers Association, and the profile of the track started to lift.
The promoters imported racecars and big name drivers from the mainland of Australia, Introduced major events for Grand National Sedans, Modified Sprintcars, Formular Speedcars and the Bikes.
Many Latrobe competitors took advantage of the upgraded circuit and the number of local competitors began to increase.
1975 - ALAN BUTCHER - GRAND NATIONAL
Peter Websters World of Speedway photo feature
1975 - Queensland driver Alan Butcher at Bridgewater during the running of the Grand Natiional Series.
1975 - BRIDGEWATER SPEEDWAY #1 CLOSES
By 1975 the Housing Department decided that it was time to build homes on the site, so the Speedway was to go.
Several suitable sites were found for a new speedway but each time the promoters were knocked back by the relivent local councils.
By late 1975 the New Norfolk Council had passed plans for a new track off the Lyell Highway only a few miniutes from the town.
The site was about 8 hectares in size and was a flat field with some natural embankments that could be used for spectator viewing.
Plans for the new track would be a 402 metre banked clay oval and cater for all forms of Racing Sedans, Modified Sprintcars, Solo's and Sidecars, Formular 500's and Speedcars.
Expected opening for the new Bridgewater Speedway was to be in Febuary of 1977.