A Short History of Stratford Speedway, Taranaki, New Zealand. Return HOME
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Main highway just North of Stratford township. (Currently still active)
The Stratford track started with a few young
men approaching the A & P Association to race Stock Cars. After a few
meetings between both parties it was agreed they could form a track inside
the show ring oval. A committee was formed and Max Hopkins became their
first President. With many hours of construction a track 35
feet wide on the straights and 40 feet wide on the corners was formed.
|The above is an excerpt from "A Short
History of the Taranaki Stock Car Club" written by Mr Ernie Burrows for the
Clubs first 20 year booklet.
This 116 page booklet makes excellent reading and covers each season highlights with plenty of photos. Some of the names featured include: Gary Scott, Albert Gordge, Laurie Booker, Alan Jago, Blondie Chamberlain, Merv Julian, Cess Budd, Hec Stockman, Reg Dixon and of course the Stratford Scrappers Stock car Team.
Copies of this publication can still be
obtained by writing to:
In 1999/2000 the club became the first NZ track to install electronic lap scoring and later that season won the prestigious 'Speedway of the Year' title. The track plays host to around 15 nights of racing each season, beginning in October with the practices and finishing in March or April. Highlights of the season usually include the Fireworks night in early November, the Boxing Day Demolition Derby, and, the national Championship meetings.