Speed­way his­tory in Bathurst

Old Bike Australasia - - OUT’N’ABOUT -

We briefly vis­ited Ash Sut­ton’s Speed­way Mu­seum in Bathurst when it opened a few years ago, but it has come a long way since then, as MARK LOI­TER­TON, from Coota­mundra, dis­cov­ered re­cently. “I was in Bathurst a few weeks ago for the Long Track Masters and vis­ited the mu­seum – I was amazed at the col­lec­tion Ash has on dis­play. A lot of his­tory is ev­i­dent with bikes be­long­ing to fa­mous Aus­tralian rid­ers, me­mora­bilia adorns the vast wall spa­ces of the large premises. It is all in cat­e­gories and eras and is very well pre­sented and easy to fol­low. Ash has funded the ma­jor­ity him­self and a lot is on loan from fam­i­lies and it is a bril­liant trib­ute to peo­ple that shaped the sport that this Coun­try started. Al­low at least 3-4 hours to take it all in, very im­pres­sive. “The Sun­day morn­ing I was there, was like a who’s who of the sport with many mak­ing the visit as Ash opened early and had brekkie avail­able. I will visit again and spend more time to take a bet­ter look. “Al­most si­mul­ta­ne­ously, we re­ceived a sim­i­lar note from Paul Han­cock, who said, “Ear­lier this year whilst car­a­van­ning in the Bathurst area I came across a mag­nif­i­cent col­lec­tion of speed­way ma­chin­ery and me­mora­bilia at ‘Ash’s Speed­way mu­seum’. This huge shed/ware house has a dis­play that is sec­ond to none. There are dis­plays of vests from all over the world and the bikes, oh the bikes are bril­liant. There is a me­mo­rial sec­tion to the late Billy San­ders, trib­ute to Ivan Mauger plus the Crump fa­ther and son achieve­ments.” Ash’s Speed­way Mu­seum is lo­cated at 2/10 Brad­war­dine Road Bathurst NSW 2795, phone 0439 978602. Open Satur­days and Sun­days and Public Hol­i­days 10am to 4pm, public or by ap­point­ment. Thanks to Mark and Paul for this small se­lec­tion of pho­tos.

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