Port­land Speed­way

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(as­phalt era)

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award for the first Aus­tralian bi­tu­men speed­way in the mod­ern era goes to Port­land, in the south-western cor­ner of Vic­to­ria. Speed­way has al­ways been strong in this re­gion. War­rnam­bool and Mount Gam­bier (just over the bor­der in South Aus­tralia) are still part of the cur­rent sprint­car sched­ule.

Port­land’s speed­way, about 15 kilo­me­tres out of town on the Princes High­way, was ini­tially known as Hi-Pine Race­way.

It was a typ­i­cal 370-me­tre coun­try cir­cuit, used pre­dom­i­nantly for stock cars and three­quar­ter midgets be­fore the or­gan­is­ers de­cided to give it a makeover in 1971.

In its new state Port­land made the cover of Speed­way Racing News in 1972, with the head­line, “We test the first as­phalt track!”

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