famous Sydney Showground dirt track, sometimes described as the best speedway facility in the world, would attract over 25,000 spectators in the mid-sixties for championship meetings.
The appeal of Speedway Royale was a varied mix of motorcycles (solos and sidecars) and cars (speedcars and super modifieds) plus a pressure-cooker atmosphere that resulted in some horrific fatal crashes.
In this period the fastest cars started rear of field, leading to some desperate moves by the quick guys carving through. There were reports of spectators asking for their money back if there were no prangs that night.
Crowds were also healthy in the early production car era although the notoriously narrow one-third mile (509 metres) circuit, with its slick dolomite surface, wasn’t suited to the larger sedans.
One of the more memorable events held here was the 1972 Grand Final of the Craven