Day At The Track

Speedcars' celebrate 80 years at Bankstown

12:00 PM 26 Jul 2013 NZST
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Speedcar Racing at Bankstown Paceway

International speedcar racing will celebrate eighty years with a vintage speedway rally at Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway harness racing track tomorrow (Saturday, July 27th).

‘In 1933, Los Angeles’ Loyola High School Stadium officially “gave birth” to the motorsport (also known as “midget car” racing), which is characterised by very small race cars with a very high power-to-weight ratio typically using four-cylinder engines,’ Bankstown Paceway director Megan Lavender told Harnesslink.

‘Tomorrow – some eighty years later – Vintage Speedcar Association members will mark the occasion with a rally of their own on the 800 metre Condell Park trotting track, which will feature original and restored midgets dating back to December 1969 and earlier, as well as classic “roll cage” midgets which back date to June 1983 and earlier,’ said Ms Lavender, who is also a director of the Royal Automobile Club of Australia.

‘First introduced into Australia at Melbourne’s Olympic Park on Saturday, December 15th, 1934 – and, later, Famously driven by triple Formula One world champion Sir John Arthur (“Sir Jack”) Brabham AO OBE in his early years – speedcars typically have 300 to 400 horsepower, weigh about 450 kilograms and are intended to be driven for races of relatively short distances – usually, from four to forty kilometres,’ she said.

‘The cars’ small size coupled with their high power make speedcar racing one of the most dangerous motorsports, it has been argued – and, for this reason, more “modern” midgets from the 1970s and 1980s onwards are fully equipped with “roll cages” and other safety devices,’ Ms Lavender added.

The 80th Anniversary Speedcar Rally will be held at the heart of Australian harness racing, Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway, 178 Eldridge Road, Bankstown, tomorrow, Saturday, July 27th, 2013.

by Andrew Ho

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