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Driver Profiles

Profiles are in alphabetical order.

Bob Aylesbury

Bob Aylesbury was born in 1946 and in the 1970's Bob was married with 2 daughters and was a shearer mechanic from Virginia. Bob Aylesbury started his Speedway career in 1966 sharing a car with Glen Catford. Bob then built his own race car only to sell it 2 years later to Glen Catford. Bob Aylesbury then moved to Western Australia for 2 years before returning in 1971 building a new race car for that season.... In 1972 Bob built a new Super modified / Sprintcar number 51 with a V8 Ford engine which was on the pace winning a few races and placings in feature events.... A rebuilt car with new suspension and fuel injection took some time to adjust but eventually winning his first feature and a placing in the South Australian Super Modified titles.

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Bill Barrows from Mount Gambier.

Bill Barrows was born 21 / 09 / 1947, Height was 5' 9" and Weighed 12 stone in 1979. Bill Barrows began his Speedway career in 1968 in a Stock Rod at the age of 21. In 1970 he built a V.W. Rod, then a with Toyota Corolla body began setting track records. Bill Barrows then built a Toyota Celica bodied unit before purchased a Super Modified racing both. It was in the 1973 season Bill purchased his first Super Modified. IN the 1974 / 75 season Bill Barrows along with good friend David Vears ) started competing at Rowley Park Speedway and competed at the Australian Super Modified Title at Bunbury (W.A.). In the 1975 / 76 season Bill Barrows was the suprise package, being the sensation of Speedway Racing in South Australia racing at every meeting at Rowley Park Speedway. Bill won 3 major awards at the R.D.A. ( Racing Drivers Association ) Ball.... "Driver of the year", "Speedway Sportsman of the year" and "Best and Fairest". Bill Barrows went on being a true Champion winning events likes of the S. E. Title at Mount Gambier and the following night the Easter Classic at Warrnambool. In the ex- Jimmy Sills Car Bill Barrows won the Queens Cup meeting at Bendigo and went on winning several features at Speedway Park.

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Graham Benneche.

Graham Benneche began his Speedway career in the 1969 / 70 season. Graham Benneche began in a Holden FJ Saloon winning the Lower Murray Championships in his first season. In 1970 / 71 in a Holden HR Graham won the first of 3 consecutive South Australian Stock Saloon Car Championships. Graham Benneche also won his 2nd Lower Murray Saloon Car Championship and went on to be second in the Australian Saloon Car Championships at Brooklyn. In 1972 / 73 in the Australian Saloon Car Championships in Brisbane he could only finish in 6th. After a short retirement Graham Benneche made a return and won his 4th South Australian Saloon Car Championship along with winning the Whyalla Speedway Saloon Spectacular pocketing Graham $ 8000....

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Sir Jack Brabham

Sir Jack Brabham was born in 1926 and started his motor racing career in Australian Speedway racing Speedcars on Sydney Speedway circuits in 1947 where he went on to race all over Australia including Kilburn Speedway in Adelaide South Australia.... Sir Jack Brabham won State and National Speedcar Titles before becoming interested in road racing and in 1951 fitted 4 brakes to his Speedcar and went on to win the Australian Hillclimb Championship at Rob Roy in Victoria.... Jack Brabham then switched totally to road racing in 1952 and then become The World Racing-Driver Champion in 1959, then backed it up in 1960 and again six years later in 1966...

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Darryl Downing.

Darryl Downing was born 25 / 6 / 1947 and is Married to Anne.... Anne and Darryl have 1 daughter and 4 grand children.... Darryl was born in Medindie and grew up at Walkerville.... Darryl Downing went to Walkerville Primary School, Adelaide High School and went also to Nailsworth Technical College.... Darryl worked for 16 years as a Panel Beater and then going on to E.T.S.A. ( Electricity Trust of South Australia ) where he worked for 26 years on Vehicle Maintenance.... As a 13 year old Darryl's father took him along to Rowley Park Speedway where he fell for the Sport of Speedway straight away.... At the age of 20 got his first Production Car a F.J. Holden number 51.... Darryl Downing then raced another F.J. Holden, this time the number 85 ( pictured above ) that stayed with him for along time including an E.H. Holden, a white H.R. Holden and the Black L.J Torana.... Darryl at Rowley Park and circuits across the Country had alot of success but the one that kept on evading him was the South Australian Production Car title.... Darryl finished in the placings for several years including 2nd, 3rd and 4th but it was'nt until Speedway Park in 1981 while racing the Steve Stewart owned Holden Monaro where he finally cracked the South Australian Title.... It was the Same year Steve Stewart won the South Australian Speedcar title in the famous yellow number 2 Speedcar owned by Alex Rowe.... Darryl Downing then stepped up to Sprintcars driving the number 97 Sprintcar where he immediately was competetive winning races including the 1991 Northern Territory Sprintcar Title.... Darryl sadly hung up his race boots at the end of last season ( 2006 / 07 ) but is still heavily involved as a Sprintcar team co owner along with his brother.... Darryl Downing is a True Champion who competed for such along time in Speedways all over the Country... He will be missed by all of us spectators.. ( Photo by Roger Ray )

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Robby Marchant.

Robby Marchant was born 9 / 5 / 1948 and is married with 2 children and 1 grandchild.... Robby was born in Adelaide and grew up in Hazlewood Park.... Robby Marchant went to Linden Park Primary and Unley High School's.... Robby's first job was a Junior Draughtsman for Kenard Hill, then worked for Evans and Clarke Auctions and with his father Moss at Moss Marchant and Co Auctions. These days Robby is in the Earth Moving business....Robby was introduced to Speedway by his father.... Robby has always run with the number 87 except for the 1974 / 75 season where he run the South Australia 1 Last season (2006 / 07) had a year off but has returned for the 2007 / 08 season.... Robby Marchant has many good memories of Speedway and at Rowley Park won many races and features but only being able to finish in the placings at South Australian Production Car Championships... It was at Speedway Park mid 1980's that Robby finally cracked the win in The South Australian Super Sedan Titles.... Its great to see a true champion return to Speedway...

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