By Chris Meaden
As a boy growing up on a farm in Koo-Wee-Rup, I
remember going to our 'local' speedway that was Nyora Speedway.
When we first started going , the speedway was still the original dirt circuit (see circuit map
below), although it was
converted a couple of years later to its current conventional oval
format. I would love to see some photos of the original
This photo of the
oval was taken by my father circa 1974
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I remember that spectators on the main straight were
protected by an earth bank that were topped with large tree logs.
It may seem a bit agricultural now, but it was probably safer than
the single row of Armco that protected spectators around parts of
Calder around that era.
The photos immediately below were taken with my first camera,
an old Box Brownie, circa 1967/8. They
are photos of cars in the pits from possibly the very first race
meeting after Nyora was converted to an oval. Missed by THAT much.
If only I had taken up photography when I was still in the pram!
I remember diverse cars such as a red rear-engined single-seater type vehicle
that seem to have the Holden six cylinder engine hanging out the
back , a blue beach buggy and a grey Standard Vanguard utility (rear
panels removed) that only ever completed three quarters of a lap
before conking out! I found that rather disappointing as my
father had a similar vehicle at that time.
I had kept an event program from one of the first
race meetings I attended, but I have not seen it for years, so it may
have gone astray. It was printed on an A4 sized piece of
If you have anything you would like to add to this page about Nyora
Speedway (or any other speedway), either photographs, programs or words, please contact me via one of
the methods listed at the bottom of this page.
I have never been to
Daylesford Speedway, but this (presumably) current day footage reminds me of the
carefree early days of Nyora Speedway: