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On Sunday 19th November 2000 the hands of time were turned back when Fox Studios (who now own the old Sydney Showground site) allowed veteran speedway devotees to pay tribute to 25 competitors who lost their lives competing at the "ROYALE" with the official unveiling of a brass plaque in their memory.

The plaque overlooks the former starting tapes, alongside the Suttor stand (built in 1909) which is now a cafe restaurant.

Unfortunatey, the brass plaque has proved to be incomplete.

The omitted competitors are:
Stanley Tyler 13.11.26
Keith Mackay 22.12.28
Stuart Cobcroft 6.10.30.


THE SYDNEY SHOWGROUND SPEEDWAY

The Showground as it was in 1934 with the Easter Show Grand Parade in progress.
Picture courtesy of Steve Magro

IN THE FOLLOWING PAGES YOU WILL SEE SOME PHOTOGRAPHS OF SOLO MOTORCYCLES AND SIDECARS COMPETING AT SHOWGROUND "ROYALE" SPEEDWAY.

THESE PHOTOS DATE FROM THE MID 50s. TO MID 60s. AND ARE FROM MY COLLECTION.

SOME OF THE RIDERS WILL BE WELL KNOWN TO PEOPLE AS THEY TRAVELLED INTERNATIONALLY, OTHERS DID NOT.

IN THE GOLDEN DAYS OF THE "ROYALE" STRICT PROTOCOL WAS FOLLOWED IN THE RUNNING OF EVENTS, SOLOs AND SIDECARS FIRST, FOLLOWED BY THE SPEEDCARS THEN THE STOCKCARS & HOTRODS.

SPEEDWAY MOTORCYCLES, TO THIS DAY ARE NOT EQUIPPED WITH BRAKES AND RELY ON THE RIDERS ABILITY TO AVOID INCIDENTS.

THE 3 LAP CLUTCH START RECORD (1 MILE) OF THE SHOWGROUND STOOD AT 59 SECONDS FOR SOLOS AND 64 SECONDS FOR SIDECARS.

3 PAGES OF SPEEDCAR PICTURES WERE ADDED ON 10TH MAY 1999 AND I THANK WARREN JENNER FOR ALLOWING ME TO USE THESE PICTURES

THE SHOWGROUND CLOSED TEMPORARILY IN 1981 AND REOPENED IN 1988 BUT WAS FINALLY SENT INTO OBLIVION ON 27th. APRIL 1996.

CLICK HERE TO SEE COLOUR PICTURES OF THIS MEETING
OR
CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE PARTLY CONSTRUCTED PAGES ON
THE "NEW" SYDNEY SHOWGROUND SPEEDWAY
WHICH OPENED ON 1st MAY 1999

A page for the 1988 & 1994 YEARS has been added as well as a MEMORABILIA PAGE for you to look at.
If you have any memorabilia relating to the Showground,send it in by CLICKING HERE.

A new page of pictures added on 19/8/99. These a shots of riders sitting on their bikes c.1946. Click"HERE"for this page.




CLICK ON AN IMAGE BELOW TO GO TO THE PAGE OF YOUR CHOICE


 


OR

CLICK ON ANY OF THE LINKS BELOW

CLICK "HERE" FOR NEXT PAGE
MORE SOLO PICS FROM THE SHOWGROUND

CLICK "HERE" TO GO SRAIGHT TO THE SPEEDCAR PAGE
ANOTHER SHORTCUT IF YOU HAVE SEEN THE BIKES BEFORE

CLICK "HERE" TO GO DIRECTLY TO THE QUIZ PAGE
A SHORTCUT IF YOU HAVE SEEN IT ALL BEFORE
*****UPDATED 4th SEPTEMBER 1999*****



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