Australian Speedcar Grand Prix

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The Australian Speedcar Grand Prix is an annual dirt track racing meeting held for Speedcars. The meeting has traditionally been held in Sydney but on occasions has been held on tracks in Victoria and in 2000 the race was held at Perth's Claremont Speedway, not long before the 1/3 mile Showground track closed.

The fist Australian Speedcar Grand Prix was held on 12 March 1938 at the Sydney Sports Ground and was won by Sydney based driver Les Dillon (Dillon would tragically become the first competitor killed in a crash at the Sports Ground just two months later). The next Speedcar Grand Prix wasn't held until 1947 and was the first of 33 times the race was held at the Sydney Showground until its closure in 1996.[1]

From 1975 until 1984 when it was held at the Liverpool Speedway in Sydney the Grand Prix was run on asphalt due to Liverpool being a semi-banked 1/4 mile paved track during that time. Liverpool reverted to having a clay surface in 1985 and since 1986 the race has been run on the more traditional dirt track speedways. Drivers from the United States bookend the asphalt Grand Prix years with legendary four time Indianapolis 500 winner A. J. Foyt winning in 1975 and 1976 in a Volkswagen powered car while 1986 National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame member Ron "Sleepy" Tripp would win the last two asphalt Grand Prix's in 1983 and 1984, also using a VW powered car.

Winners since 1938[edit]

Year Venue City/State Winners
1938 Sydney Sports Ground Sydney, NSW Les Dillon (NSW)
Year Venue City/State Winners
1947 Sydney Showground Speedway Sydney, NSW Ray Revell (NSW)
1948 Sydney Showground Speedway Sydney, NSW Cal Niday (United States)
1949 Sydney Showground Speedway Sydney, NSW Frank Brewer (New Zealand/United States)**
1950 Sydney Showground Speedway Sydney, NSW Ray Revell (NSW)
Year Venue City/State Winners
1951 Sydney Showground Speedway Sydney, NSW Ray Revell (NSW)
1952 Sydney Showground Speedway Sydney, NSW Ray Revell (NSW)
1953 Sydney Showground Speedway Sydney, NSW Ray Revell (NSW)
1954 Sydney Showground Speedway Sydney, NSW Andy McGavin (NSW)
1955 Sydney Showground Speedway Sydney, NSW Andy McGavin (NSW)
1956 Sydney Showground Speedway Sydney, NSW Bill Reynolds (United Kingdom)
1957 Sydney Showground Speedway Sydney, NSW Andy McGavin (NSW)
1958 Sydney Showground Speedway Sydney, NSW Len Brock (NSW)
1959 Sydney Showground Speedway Sydney, NSW Andy McGavin (NSW)
1960 Sydney Showground Speedway Sydney, NSW Bob Tattersall (United States)
Year Venue City/State Winners
1961 Sydney Showground Speedway Sydney, NSW Andy McGavin (NSW)
1962 Sydney Showground Speedway Sydney, NSW Bob Tattersall (United States)
1963 Sydney Showground Speedway Sydney, NSW Jimmy Davies (United States)
1964 Sydney Showground Speedway Sydney, NSW Ken Morton (NSW)
1965 Sydney Showground Speedway Sydney, NSW Jeff Freeman (NSW)
1966 Sydney Showground Speedway Sydney, NSW Bob Tattersall (United States)
1967 Sydney Showground Speedway Sydney, NSW Len Brock (NSW)
1968 Sydney Showground Speedway Sydney, NSW Johnny Stewart (NSW)
1969 Sydney Showground Speedway Sydney, NSW Bob Tattersall (United States)
1970 Sydney Showground Speedway Sydney, NSW Ray Oram (NSW)
Year Venue City/State Winners
1971 Sydney Showground Speedway Sydney, NSW Ronald Mackay (NSW)
1972 Sydney Showground Speedway Sydney, NSW Dave Strickland (United States)
1973 Sydney Showground Speedway Sydney, NSW George Tatnell (NSW)
1974 Sydney Showground Speedway Sydney, NSW Danny Davidson (Qld)
1975 Liverpool Speedway Sydney, NSW A. J. Foyt (United States)
1976 Liverpool Speedway Sydney, NSW A. J. Foyt (United States)
1977 Liverpool Speedway Sydney, NSW Garry Rush (NSW)
1978♦ Liverpool Speedway Sydney, NSW Stan Lawrence (NSW)
1978♦ Liverpool Speedway Sydney, NSW Barry Pinchbeck (NSW)
1979 Liverpool Speedway Sydney, NSW Barry Graham (NSW)
Year Venue City/State Winners
1983 Liverpool Speedway Sydney, NSW Ron "Sleepy" Tripp (United States)
1984 Liverpool Speedway Sydney, NSW Ron "Sleepy" Tripp (United States)
1986 Liverpool Speedway Sydney, NSW Steve Kinser (United States)
1987 Liverpool Speedway Sydney, NSW Ron Hutchinson (NSW)
1988 Liverpool Speedway Sydney, NSW Ian Saville (NSW)
1990 Sydney Showground Speedway Sydney, NSW Johnny Pearson (United States)
Year Venue City/State Winners
1991 Sydney Showground Speedway Sydney, NSW Aaron Benny (NSW)
1992 Sydney Showground Speedway Sydney, NSW Max Dumesny (Vic)
1993 Sydney Showground Speedway Sydney, NSW Troy Jenkins (NSW)
1994 Wangaratta Speedway Wangaratta, Vic Keith Giles (WA)
1995 Heathcote Speedway Heathcote, Vic Lealand McSpadden (United States)
1996 Sydney Showground Speedway Sydney, NSW Garry Rush (NSW)
1997 Parramatta City Raceway Sydney, NSW Troy Jenkins (NSW)
1998 Parramatta City Raceway Sydney, NSW Steven Graham (NSW)
1999 Newcastle Motordrome Newcastle, NSW Troy Jenkins (NSW)
2000 Claremont Speedway Perth, WA Michael Figliomeni (WA)
Year Venue City/State Winners
2001 Parramatta City Raceway Sydney, NSW Adam Clarke (NSW)
2003 Avalon Raceway Lara, Vic Darren Jenkins (NSW)
2004 Avalon Raceway Lara, Vic Mark Brown (NSW)
2005 Avalon Raceway Lara, Vic Michael Pickens (New Zealand)
2006 Avalon Raceway Lara, Vic Dene McAllan (WA)
2008 Avalon Raceway Lara, Vic Ian Lewis (VIC)
2009 Avalon Raceway Lara, Vic Mark Brown (NSW)
2010 Avalon Raceway Lara, Vic Keith Giles (NSW)
Year Venue City/State Winners
2011 Sydney Speedway Sydney, NSW Matt Smith (NSW)
2012 Nowra Speedway Nowra, NSW Mark Brown (NSW)
2013 Nowra Speedway Nowra, NSW Mark Brown (NSW)

** Frank "Satan" Brewer was from New Zealand but promoters billed him as being from the USA to bring in larger crowds
Two races held in 1978. The first on 1 January and the second on 30 December

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