During the boom period several states had a separate speedway track reserved for winter racing. The most famous of these was at Westmead, home of the Parramatta Showground, in Sydney’s western suburbs. In fact, there were enough cars in the Sydney region to support two winter tracks, with another one 30km further north-west at Windsor. Westmead’s Sunday afternoon meetings drew the biggest crowds and were even televised at one stage. The speedcars were spectacular (some would say suicidal) on a rough oval track that was close to a half-mile around. On wet days, the top surface of mud was scraped off and dumped on the inside of the track, which was about as dangerous as it sounds. It was often muddy at Westmead and experienced spectators brought an old picnic blanket to hang over the fence, then duck behind it when the cars came past. The spectacular speedcars were the main attraction but most of the kids loved the stockcars in events billed as the Destruction Derby or the like – usually the last race of the day because half the competitors would be upside down by the final lap. Photos show that suburban houses were just across the road from the pits area where racecars, minus mufflers in those days, warmed up before racing. It’s amazing that racing lasted as long as it did. By 1967 it was announced that this prime real estate would be taken over for a proposed children’s hospital. Winter racing was then transferred to a new track being built at Liverpool.