1923 - MAITLAND SHOWGROUND SPEEDWAY
Mr Jim Cameron was the man largely instrumental in having a dirt track laid at the West Maitland Showgrounds, Mr John S Hoskins at the time secretary of the Hunter Agricultural Society also was involved and went on to run the speedway with huge success over many years.
The 1/2 mile circuit was opened for racing on the 15th of December 1923, the first years racing was conducted as grass track racing but by the following year a flat cinders track was laid.
1931 - MAITLAND SHOWGROUND SPEEDWAY
2015 John Chadwick's Aussie Speedway Memories page has posted a photo of an unknown solo rider from the past.
How close is this image to the one in the add for the Demons of the dirt at Maitland Speedway To-Morrow Night.
Could this image be Cyclone Mookey or could it be anyone of the riders from this erea, or could it be say Dirk Bogart who played the lead roll in a motion picture "Once a jolly swagman" from that erea.
Once a jolly swagman the movie featured vision of aussie rider Ron Johnston racing along with the story line featuring an aussie rider who is badly injured an forced to return to Australia.
10th April 1931
1947 - MAITLAND SHOWGROUND SPEEDWAY PROGRAMME
15th January 1947
1996 - JOHNNY HOSKINS TROPHY MEETING
In 1996 a special meeting was held on the much small horse training track next to the half mile circuit, this meeting was in honour of the man that many concidered to be the farther of speedway promoting in the world, Johnny's son Lionel Hoskins would travel from England to present the winners trophy, that being a Queenslander by the name of Tony Rose.