CLAREMONT - Australia
Pictures courtesy of Charles McKay
This article was first published on 7th August 2008
"Sad to say that Claremont Speedway closed in 2000 although the arena lives on as its other identity, the Claremont Showgroungs, the main showground in the city of Perth."
"Just some info. Claremont Speedway opened on 14 May 1927 and had its final meeting on 31 March 2000 making it Australia's longest running speedway. The track was some 561 metres (614 yards) long. It was initially used for bike racing and the biggest star in the early years of the speedway was Sig Schlam. Due to its size it also catered to car racing with Speedcars (Midgets), Saloons and Super Modifieds (which in the 1970's became Sprintcars). The track was a regular host of the Western Australian Solo Championship until its closure and saw many great home grown riders such as Chum Taylor and his son Glynn, David Cheshire and Glenn Doyle. Claremont also hosted the Aussie title of just about every category run in Australia from Solos, Sidecars to Sprintcars, and in 1987 hosted the only official World Sprintcar Championship ever run. Claremont was promoted as "The National Capital of Speed" and with its sheer size few would dispute that claim."
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