PORT HEDLAND (WA)
1968 - PORT HEDLAND HOT ROD TRACK
Prior to the building of Pippingarra Speedway, Hot Rod racing events were held on a very crude undulating track next to where the current track track is today, This early track was located on Pippingarra Station, which was owned by the Richardson family.
The Port Hedland Hot Rod track was formed by two local traffic inspectors, Roy Mitchell and Kevin Whiteford in 1968 with a D7 Bulldozer and a 950 Cat loader loaned to them by Bill Francis who was the manager of Bell Bros at the time.
This track only operated for a short period, up until the early months of 1970 when a cyclone flooded the track an destroyed it.
Bill Temperton recalls: I knew Roy Mitchell quite well in my younger days, he drove Taxi's for my farther in Port Hedland for a while, He was a great horseman in his day. I used to ride around with him in the patrol car when he was a traffic cop.