Midget speedcars back in big way for new series
FIFTY years ago, up to 25,000 fans flocked to Moore Park to watch midget speedcar racing.
Now the sport is on the brink of an exciting new era.
Following the announcement of a new national series next season, a record 15 New Zealand drivers and American Alex Bright will race in the an- nual City of Sydney 50-lap classic at Valvoline Raceway on Saturday night.
It represents the biggest international midget speedcar line-up as part of a two-week speedway carnival in Sydney.
With more than 60 entries received by race officials, it is the highest car count for an open- competition event in Australian midget speedcar racing history. Bright, 27, from Collegeville, Pennsylvania, is an American Racing Drivers Club national champion and one of the hottest drivers in world midget speedcar racing.
Auckland’s seven- time New Zealand midget speedcar champion Michael Pickens, 35, returns to Sydney in his bid to continue his run of success in the 50- lap event. Pickens has won the race five times since 2005.
Midget speedcar racing in Australia has been on a rollercoaster ride in recent decades, unable to capture the golden era of the ’ 60s when fans flocked to the old Sydney Showground at Moore Park to watch the stars of the era perform.
Midget speedcars return to Valvoline Raceway.