The 2019/20 summer Speedway season at Adelaide’s Gillman Speedway is rapidly approaching with the opening meeting — featuring the Jack Young Solo Cup and the Gillman Sidecar Championship — only seven weeks away, on Saturday, 9 November.
Before that, however, the track will stage its annual Classic Championships meeting on Saturday 26 October.
The Classic meeting marks the transition from the winter practice meetings to the full-on summer international meetings, and gives fans the chance to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the bikes, and some cars, of yesteryear.
Admission prices are an affordable $20 for adults and $15 for age pensioners and student concession, with children under 16, grandstand seating and parking all free.
Racing starts at 7.30pm but the gates open at 4pm so spectators have plenty of time to have a close look at the old bikes and cars, and talk to the riders and restorers, before the pits are closed to the public at 6.30pm.
As always the meeting will feature multiple classes of Solos and Sidecars, plus demonstrations by the Three Quarter Midgets.
The Solo classes are the JAP/ESO 2 valve class for riders aged 40 or over; 2 valve for riders under 40; Evolution upright 4 valve; and a non-championship class for laydown engines (riders 40 and over only). The Sidecar classes are Japanese, British/European/American, Post Classic, and Evolution.
The year’s event is also billed as a North Arm Speedway Reunion, with organisers hoping many of the past riders, officials and spectators from the nearby North Arm track which ran from 1981 to 1997, will come along to enjoy a night of nostalgia and reminiscing.
Top photo: Chris Fraser/Cec Fraser (NSW, Kawasaki 1000) in red, and Shane Rudloff/Scott Morris (SA, Suzuki 1000) during last year’s Sidecar Post Classic Championship final.