Wah­gun­yah Speedway cel­e­brates 60 years

The Free Press (Corowa) - - CLASSIES (03) CLASSIES -

The Wah­gun­yah Speedway was in cel­e­bra­tion mode on Fri­day June 8 at the Wah­gun­yah Foot­ball Clu­b­rooms, to mark 60 years since the track was of­fi­cially opened.

The evening started with some old home movies from the ear­lier rac­ing days be­ing pro­jected onto a wall, show­cas­ing the track as it was some years ago – with­out the fully sur­round­ing con­crete wall and dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories of cars.

Also on dis­play was a wall of mem­o­ra­bilia pro­vided by the var­i­ous club mem­bers, demon­strat­ing the older-style twisty cir­cuit, the pub­lished re­sults of var­i­ous fea­ture meet­ings held back in the day, and the in­ter­est­ing cars pre­sent­ing for the hec­tic rac­ing.

A de­li­cious roast was served up by the Phillip Scott crew for the 70-odd peo­ple in at­ten­dance, af­ter which the of­fi­cial part of the evening be­gan with the inim­itable MC, Shaun Whitechurch in­tro­duc­ing the first speaker, Mr Rob Jones.

Mr Jones en­ter­tained with sto­ries of how the Mo­tor Sports Club be­gan, via the ef­forts of a small band of en­thu­si­asts led by him­self and Arthur Cor­nelius, whose off-duty school bus was em­ployed for the very first gen­eral meet­ing.

At that time there was no per­ma­nent base for rac­ing, un­til the Wah­gun­yah Re­cre­ation Re­serve was “dis­cov­ered”, and so be­gan the en­dur­ing story of the Wah­gun­yah speedway.

With both found­ing & life­time mem­bers, cur­rent and past pres­i­dents, com­mit­ted vol­un­teers and pas­sion­ate long-time and new mem­bers in at­ten­dance, there were some in­ter­est­ing speeches dis­cussing the ups and downs of the club and the track over the years, to­gether with some im­promptu sto­ries – both amus­ing and in­trigu­ing mem­o­ries of the many ac­tiv­i­ties over the years.

To com­mem­o­rate the event was the singing of “Happy Birth­day” and of course the blow­ing out of the can­dles on the birth­day cake.

The cut­ting of the cake was a group ef­fort from a line-up of past and cur­rent pres­i­dents, a liv­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the com­mend­able longevity of the club.

The nos­tal­gia flowed on into Satur­day’s events at the speedway, where a col­lec­tion of old com­pe­ti­tion ve­hi­cles were on dis­play, in­clud­ing two of the ac­tual cars that raced at that first meet­ing on Easter Sun­day in 1958.

The speedway has be­come the old­est pur­pose-built, still ac­tive speedway in Aus­tralia.

Book­lets con­tain­ing the his­tory of the speedway were avail­able both at the an­niver­sary din­ner and the fol­low­ing race meet­ing. These are still avail­able for those wish­ing to pur­chase.

Past and present pres­i­dents of the Wah­gun­yah Speedway cel­e­brate 60 mag­nif­i­cent years.

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