MOUNT BARKER (WA)
1965 MOUNT BARKER SPEEDWAY
The Mount Barker TQ and Hot Rod Club was formed in 1965, For a nucleus of seven men who gathered at Les Gormans place to form the club, it was a hard task to eventually hold their first meeting in November 1965. Those early days comprised of around a dozen TQ's now formula 500's and a large selection of Hot Rods, The initial meetings were on Saturday's, in later years the race meetings was transfered to sunday making it easier for those who worked on Saturday mornings to get to race meetings. The first track was built in an old gravel pit on the side of a hill, it had a S bend in the middle and the car raced in a clock wise direction. In 1975 it was decided to upgrade the track, no longer did the club want a kidney shaped track, They wanted a proper Speedway and so they sent a delegation to Bunbury to inspect the track over there. In December of 1976 Mount Barker opened its new track, For years the club prospered and held many big meetings, its open and closed annual championships were always popular with both competitor and spectator.
(Editorial Allan Baker)
1960's MOUNT BARKER SPEEDWAY HOT ROD SLIDESHOW
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1979 MOUNT BARKER SPEEDWAY FIXTURES
1979 LAURIE HARDY DIVISION 1 SEDAN
Laurie was a regular at many tracks other than Claremont, Country tracks such as Mount Barker, Bunbury, Collie, and others.
Photo: Mal Cooper
1979 - 1980 WA DIVISION 2 CHAMPIONSHIP
Mount Barker Speedway hosted the West Australian Division 2 State Championship on the 4th of November 1979, supporting the feature event was a championship for the Standard Saloons and a full support program.
1979 Merv Robinson from Kojonup leads John Singleton, both in Mustangs, unknown Torana Photo: unknown.
1982 MOUNT BARKER SPEEDWAY PROGRAMME SLIDESHOW
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Les was a foundation member who held the post of President for four seasons, Les was later to awarded Life Membership.
John provided trucks and tractors in those early years so the club could prepare the track, John was a long time member of the club and also received Life Membership.