1955 - TOOWOOMBA SHOWGROUNDS
Motor Cycle Speedway racing 1st started at the Toowoomba Showgrounds on the 21st of October 1955, The venue was promoted by Mr Frank Arthur on behalf of Empire Speedway Promotions.
1960 - GO KART RACING
1960 - This picture was taken in Toowoomba but we are unsure of the exact location, it may be at the Showground. Photo: Craig Keal.
1966 - DOWNS SPEEDWAY CLUB
The Downs Speedway Club was formed in 1966 - 1967 and held speedway racing around the Toowoomba Showgrounds, this continued up until 1974 when the Royal Agriculture Society announced they were going to promote the speedway themshelves.
It was at this point the club decided to purchace there own land and build venue, this would be what we know today as Charlton Raceway.
Speedway did continue to be held at the Showgrounds up until its final meeting on the 11th of April 1981
1972 - SPEEDWAY RACING NEWS REPORTED
1974 1975 - AUSTRALIAN SALOON CAR CHAMPIONSHIP 1st & 2nd November 1974
The Toowoomba Showgrounds Speedway hosted the Australian Saloon Car Championship at the showgound in Toowoomba, The start of the program was delayed by rain so the meeting carried onto the next day, with some of the heats and the final run that 2nd day.
The Championship was won by David House from New South Wales, in second was Kevin Drew from Queensland and Neville Harper from Tasmania in 3rd position.
1974 - Left David House pictured at Lismore after has Australian Championship win. Photo: unknown.
1974 1975 - Bede Hollis in the 32 Mini with Fred Sutherland in 22 behind him about to get a heat away. Doug Schultz 84 outside front with Errol Scriven behind him. P Ray Reid.
1975 - AUSTRALIAN SPEEDWAY PROMOTORS ASSOCIATION TITLE
1975 - Grenville Anderson takes the win in the Australian Speedway Promotors QLD Title. Photo: Hilton Martin.
Ray Reid Feature
(use controls to pause - forward or reverse 17 images)
Queensland Old Time Speedway facebook pictorial feature
(use controls to pause - forward or reverse 22 images)
1981 - EAST COAST SPEEDWAY MONTHLY REPORTED
2009 - TOOWOOMBA SHOWGROUNDS LOCATION
Our research shows that the old Toowoomba Showgrounds was located close to the town cente along Campbell Street, the area was so valuable for the growth of Toowoomba that a completly new show ground facility was built further out of town.