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Posted: September 8, 2011
Name: Garry Williams
Message: Speedcars and Supermodifieds.
I raced both sections from the early seventys until closing night.
Rowley park was the greatest period of my life. I made many friends and went to some wonderful race tracks all over australia.

GOD BLESS ROWLEY PARK AND ALL THOSE WHO ATTENDED THERE.



Posted: August 30, 2011
Name: Dean Kelly
Message: TQ's - My grandfather and uncle (Norm Kruger and his son Michael Kruger) raced TQ's in the 70's. Any information or photos you may have of them would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Email: deankelly@live.com.au



Posted: July 23, 2011
Name: James Weir
Message: any of you fans have badges of the rowley park track? i am a u.k. collector. please let me know.



Posted: July 17, 2011
Name: James Weir
Message: Good luck to you all !!!



Posted: May 11, 2011
Name: Nick Bertram
Message: My grandfather is Nicky Bertram, listed on the Camden Raceway Plaque.
Any photos or videos from back then would be greatly appreciated - nickbert_81@hotmail.com



Posted: April 26, 2011
Name: YU
Message: I enjoyed your site!



Posted: March 11, 2011
Name: Debbie Fountain
Message: Unbelievable memories of my father Barry Trenbath racing sprintcars & then continuing attending every meeting for years. I recognise nearly all of the drivers names & have never found a speedway since with that atmosphere. I guess it was coz my dad new everyone & they all respected him so much.



Posted: January 10, 2011
Name: Lindy Kelvin
Message: Great reading about many of the riders I grew up hearing about. Long after my dad, John (Johnny) Kelvin gave up racing and moved to Canada, the stories of Rowley Park Speedway lived on and the characters he spoke of always seemed larger than life.



Posted: November 19, 2010
Name: Judy Buist (widow of Bill Buist ex Race Manager)
Message: Thanks to everybody involved in establishing this web site. Rowley Park and the RDA played a big part in Bill's life and I have many great memories of fun nights at both venues among like-minded friends.



Posted: September 28, 2010
Name: Greg Wilson
Message: Great site for memories. My father (Jock Wilson) rode side cars late 40's early 50's . His passenger was Bill Amundsen, 2 of his boys (Robin and Kym) went over seas to ride. The only thing I have left of his riding days is his old kidney belt and a couple of photos.



Posted: August 21, 2010
Name: Lee Boyle
Message: A very imformative site on the great speedway and great clip of the final night with the late George Tatnell. A great speedway sadly missed. Keep up the good work.



Posted: June 16, 2010
Name: Angela
Message: My grandfather was Jack Wilson he was apparently involved in the early days of Rowley Park and he and his brother Larry also raced, if anyone has any info or pics i would love to see them. Thanks



Posted: June 2, 2010
Name: Barry Quinn
Message: very good and well laid out site and very informative. keep up the great work.



Posted: May 5, 2010
Name: Meredith Sterry
Message: Like everyone else in Adelaide, Friday night was Speedway Night. The kids were little, and every Friday night we went along to watch, what was the best show ever. My son went on to ride Solos, and my late husband, sidecars interstate. Thanks so much for the memories, they are all good ones, and you have done a wonderful job on this site.



Posted: March 20, 2010
Name: E. Cekada
Message: Yep Many a Friday night was spent with a smile on my dial as I watched "The Champions" do battle on the dusty bowl of Rowley Park. Some of the best food available around Adelaide at the time and a guaranteed night of fun for everyone Miss it dearly, Speedway Park was not the same



Posted: March 18, 2010
Name: Bob Perry
Message: A great website .. but I remember earlier years around 1954. I was still at school and would catch the bus up the Port Road and then walk along Coglin Street and the traffic was bumper to bumper.
One night "Joe Blow" towing his speedcar pulled up and offered me a lift. I was so excited I don't think my feet touched the ground all night.
We would stand up against the safety fence at the south eastern end and get showered in mud. But I can't believe we used to slip out between the rails of the fence out onto the track while the race was still running to snatch the goggles the riders and drivers would flick off when they became covered in mud. We'd wait till they went passed and then run out and back before they came around again!
They were the days before "health & safety" made life boring. The hot dogs there were to die for and I think I had my first Chicko Roll at Rowley Park. Later in life I got the chance to drive a hot rod in a celebrity Demolition Derby a couple of times and then went there with an ambulance for St.John. What a hoot being out in the centre
I've been to Murray Bridge ... but nothing compares with Rowley Park. Does anyone remember that song they used to play while the water truck went around ? It went .."woop" in the middle and the whole crowd would go "woop" when it came up.



Posted: March 4, 2010
Name: Rob Lucas
Message: Very imformative site.
Keep up the good work.



Posted: November 30, 2009
Name: Karen Secombe nee HARVEY
Message: I am RICK HARVEY's daughter and I would love some information or photos of him. Does anyone remember him?



Posted: November 29, 2009
Name: Michelle Carne
Message: I am the grand daughter of Vic Carne and I am looking for information on his speedway career. If any one has any information of articles I would be very appreciated to hear from you.
Contact me michelle@gmnservice.com.au.
Thank you



Posted: November 25, 2009
Name: martyn adams
Message: that rare program from Krubach 1980 ... i was there !



Posted: November 17, 2009
Name: SHANE LEE
Message: VERY INFORMATIVE WEBSITE ON SPEEDWAY AROUND SOUTH AUSTRALIA. MEMORIES.
WELL DONE.
SHANE LEE.



Posted: November 2, 2009
Name: shaun allen
Message: Many good memories. Well done on this site.



Posted: October 30, 2009
Name: Jody .McCREANOR
Message: Fantastic memories of Rowley Park Speedway every Friday night as a kid. Standing up against the fence with a beer carton over my head with the eyes cut out getting covered in dust watching my favorites Johnny Boulger and Billy Wigzell. So many memories and so many champions. Rowley Park is sadly missed but it will never be forgotten, best times of my childhood.



Posted: September 17, 2009
Name: Julie
Message: Many great memories as a kid when my father who used to race there. A shame it closed, enjoyed those times. Well done at bringing back these memories.



Posted: August 23, 2009
Name: Joe Chapman
Message: Very sad rowley park speedway closed.
Thank you for these memories.



Posted: July 29, 2009
Name: Bev & Ken Dart
Message: Great web site the best speedway ever. heaps of memories of Ken hitting the fence & winning a few good races in midgets. The guys always put on the best progam every friday night. there will never another speedway to surpass Rowley Park.



Posted: June 17, 2009
Name: Karen Hyland
Message: I was thrilled to stumble across this site. I hardly missed a meeting between 1968 and 1977, and this site brings back so many wonderful memories for me.

One year my mother (a karter) raced in the Powder Puff Derby finishing 3rd.

Thank you to everyone inolved with putting this site together.



Posted: June 3, 2009
Name: Mark Lambe
Message: Great site. My father raced in a stock car there and as a child I went along and I havent heard the music they played at the beginning of the meeting from then until now. It sent a shiver through me. Good memories. Well done.



Posted: May 30, 2009
Name: Louise Hennig
Message: its great the see my Late grandfather (Col Hennig) is still remembered
his love for cars & racing has been passed down from his two sons, my uncle (Steve Hennig, also known for his racing) & my father (Mark Hennig) who isn't well known for the racing he had done. then to my brother (Kenny Hennig) who also has a love for cars & drifts regularly at Mallala. i as the only female Hennig of the past 3 generations i too love racing.
just keep up the work & remember all those who raced at Rowley Park Speedway.
x



Posted: May 26, 2009
Name: Bob Cousins
Message: Great work. About twenty years ago I read a biography of an Australian allround sportsmen - sprintcar driver, professionsl woodchopper who was involved in a bad speedway accident - but I have forgotten his name and the name of the book. Does this ring a bell with anyone. Kind Regards



Posted: May 23, 2009
Name: dennis munday
Message: Luv your site - do you have pics or info on 'old smokey' midget speedway car?



Posted: May 18, 2009
Name: Bill Mitchell
Message: Fantastic speedway, fantastic site. A distant memory now. Well done to those concerned keeping the memories alive.



Posted: May 13, 2009
Name: RowleyPark
Message: Tammy. I recieved your email..... thankyou .... I tried responding twice but it got returned.I'll look into the registration and please feel free to submit or email me with any of your fathers pics or stories at rowleypark@hotmail.com Again thankyou for your email. Cheers Steve.



Posted: May 11, 2009
Name: Rob Kelvin
Message: Excelent speedway and should still be up and running. Many good memories of probably one of the greatest speedway's of all time. Well done.



Posted: May 6, 2009
Name: RowleyPark
Message: Thankyou every one for your positive comments and memories everyone. All comments whether positive or negative are appreciated.... Steve Brown.... I tried emailing some information on what you asked for but it got returned and I am not sure if you actually recieved it.... Again thankyou every one and if you have photo's or stories from mainly Rowley Park or other South Australian circuits please keep them coming in....



Posted: May 5, 2009
Name: Steve Brown
Message: Thanks for a great site! I live on Francis Ridely Circuit probably on top of the mound where I used to watch the bikes and midgets race! I'd love to get some of the photos to frame and put up in our house.
By the way, when they named all the street in this area they used older historical names (Like Francis Ridely after the ship) rather than some of the racing names.
My father in law (Ramon Munn) raced side cars at Rowkey Park and my 'milkie' (remember when milk was delivered?!) Mr. Foote raced there and was killed in an accident ther I believe?
Anyway, great site! Brought back lots of memories.
Steve :-)



Posted: May 1, 2009
Name: Jack
Message: Not bad



Posted: April 27, 2009
Name: Peter Douglass
Message: Excelent website and noticed always being updated. Good to see new photo's. Keep it up.



Posted: April 24, 2009
Name: T Galpin
Message: Well done for keeping the memories of not only Rowley Park but other speedways from the early days. Many memories and a credit to you. Thankyou and keep it up.



Posted: April 18, 2009
Name: steven green
Message: Great Speedway & great memories, well done to all concerned for keeping alive the memory of Rowley park.



Posted: April 17, 2009
Name: John
Message: Memories. Methanol and Dolomite. Great site.



Posted: April 15, 2009
Name: K Chapman
Message: Excelent and interesting speedway site about the great speedway itself. Keep up the good work.



Posted: April 14, 2009
Name: Steve Hazeldine
Message: So many good memories watching my father in the early 70's. Along with all the local, interstate and overseas drivers and riders.



Posted: April 9, 2009
Name: Brian Cadd
Message: Many good memories of a great speedway facility.



Posted: March 27, 2009
Name: Bill White
Message: My memories of Rowley Park before we moved to the Barossa Valley. We lived at Croydon Park, then at Prospect, during 1956 and '57. My dad, Eddie White, was the mechanic at Jack Larritt's Golden Fleece service station at Torrens Road, Ovingham, and Jack owned racing car number ten, 'Old Smokey' which dad prepared for the track.
My brother Gary and I, aged five and seven respectively in 1957, used to go to the track with dad every Friday night. We loved the polka music blaring out of the horn speakers all around the track, the smell of castor oil laced petrol, the taste of Chicko Rolls, the swell and the noise of the crowd, the yellow lights, the roar of the engines, the speed and the constant struggle for grip and sideways-arcing slide of the cars and bikes, the acrobatics of the riders and sidecar men, and the breathless, fearful excitement when somebody crashed. We were shaken coldly and bluntly when Brian Bennett fell from a sidecar and was run over on the fifteenth of November, 1957. He landed spreadeagled and hardly had time to move when a following bike collected him. He did not move at all and, young as we were, we knew he was dead.
The closest we saw 'Old Smokey' get to winning was a respectable third. Dad took the family to the Barossa valley in 1958 and we never went to Rowley Park again, but we must have gone for about seventy race meetings in a row, and except for the night Brian Bennett died, enjoyed every night there.



Posted: March 25, 2009
Name: John Franklin
Message: great aussie speedway. sadly closed. many memories sitting on the coglin street end watching great names like laurie hodgson, johnny boulger, john crowhurst and wigzell etc etc.



Posted: February 23, 2009
Name: Greg Page
Message: Very good and informative website. Congratulations to Glenn Dix on being awarded the OAM in 2009. Truly well deserved on Australia Day.



Posted: February 15, 2009
Name: Peter Murphy
Message: Brings back many good memories. Rowley Park should still be operating. Well done.



Posted: February 12, 2009
Name: Mark Finlayson
Message: Great speedway great location. It was motor racing at its best. Sadly missed and should have never been redoveloped into another housing estate. Typical South Australian Government. Good website, well done.



Posted: January 31, 2009
Name: erwin achmuller
Message: it was one of the best sppedways in australia...brings back many childhood memories...sadly missed



Posted: January 26, 2009
Name: Jon Davison
Message: Congratulations to Glenn on being awarded the OAM in the 2009. Australia Day Honours List



Posted: January 25, 2009
Name: David Fuller
Message: Good site. So many good memories of Rowley Park and others likes of Waikeries and Renmark Speedways.



Posted: January 17, 2009
Name: Michael Hewitt
Message: Many good memories watching drivers like wigzell, Agars, Barrows etc. buzzing around this speedway with my family and friends. Sad its gone.



Posted: January 3, 2009
Name: steve bass jnr
Message: my dad steve bass used to talk about speedway days all the time my days will be coming soon



Posted: December 29, 2008
Name: Shane
Message: Great site. Would be good to see more on bikes and Gillman Speedway. I wasnt born unfortunately when Rowley Park shut down but it seemed to be a top speedway so close to Adelaide.



Posted: December 28, 2008
Name: Tom
Message: Very good and imformative web site.
Melbourne Bar and Bistro, Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne CBD



Posted: December 21, 2008
Name: speedwaysam
Message: Cool site. I just registered.



Posted: December 19, 2008
Name: Mark Barrett
Message: Great speedway site. Many memories of speedways in South Australia. The smell of methanol.



Posted: December 18, 2008
Name: Sue Mason
Message: Happy birthday Steve. Hope you had a good one.



Posted: December 17, 2008
Name: Rowley Park
Message: Thanks Graham for your positive comments and information, its been updated. Very much appreciated. Thanks to for the Birthday wishes.



Posted: December 17, 2008
Name: Graham
Message: Hi there. Great site,I can almost smell the wonderful aroma of Rowley Park in the 50's. Reading the info on the past announcers over the time the great venue entertained us,there is one name missing from those mentioned who came before the O'conners,Kelvins and Sabines and that was the late Mel Cameron from radio station 5DN. My recolections of Mel Cameron extend back to the 50's and his manner on the mike made all who were there feel like they were part of the speedway itself. Not only did he keep every one up to date on all the happenings of the racing but always gave great commentary on the other events like the annual fireworks display. I could prattle on for ages about 'the Park' .Keep up the good work on this wonderful sight. Thanks for the memories.



Posted: December 16, 2008
Name: Martin
Message: Happry Birthday Steve. Hope its a good one



Posted: December 16, 2008
Name: Guess who?
Message: Happy Birthday Steve. Keep up the good work



Posted: December 15, 2008
Name: Shane Hall
Message: Many good memories of Rowley Park. Should still be in operation.



Posted: December 12, 2008
Name: Ron Masters
Message: Very imformative and interesting. Always good to see new information and photo's. Keep up the good work.



Posted: December 2, 2008
Name: T Fabish
Message: Great speedway site. Well done



Posted: November 29, 2008
Name: John
Message: I remember going to rowley with parents who had friends with a house on coglin street where we used to watch from their shed roof. Excelent race track with many good memories. Great web site. thankyou.



Posted: November 29, 2008
Name: Mark Riedel
Message: Congratulations on a great site. Sitting up here in Darwin and remebering those fantastic Friday nights. Who can forget "suddenly 1" and "suddenly 2" and the sound of those Vincent sidecars. Cash must have been short back then. I can remember my brother and me always getting in for free by walking through the gate backwards. ha ha ha love it.



Posted: November 24, 2008
Name: Mal
Message: Any pictures, news or clippings would be appreciated.



Posted: November 24, 2008
Name: Mal
Message: My father , the late Gordon " Pud " Freeman, would tell us of his days at Rowley Park & other tracks on his outfits. This site brings back those memories. Thanks.



Posted: November 13, 2008
Name: Neil Gould
Message: I started riding passenger for Keith Sewell in 1978 after he won the Australian sidecar title at Rowley park. We made many visits to the track back then and enjoyed the hospitality the South Australians put on for us. We had some great races between Deane Taylor. Dave Adams and many of the top South Australian riders. It was a shame when it closed and moved to Speedway park. It wasn't the same.



Posted: November 8, 2008
Name: RowleyPark
Message: When Thunderbird Raceway closed im still not sure but will try to find out. On to it now



Posted: November 8, 2008
Name: RowleyPark
Message: Thanks for your very positive comments Mathew and others.
Thunderbird Raceway was on the right hand side heading towards Adelaide but on the Northern end of Virginia. Thunderbird Raceway was at the main oval and was refurbished when it was closed. I remember the Primary School being right next door. Yes we to have many great memories of Rowley Park, Murray Bridge, Speedway City etc:



Posted: November 7, 2008
Name: Matthew Gibb
Message: What an awesome site. I never knew that SA had so many speedways

My father was a photographer at rowley park. He and myself are quite clearly seen on that Rowley Park VHS video showing pics and footage from the reunion night in I believe 2001

I used to ride in the water truck now and then in 74 to 79 during the interval.

I was only very young in Rowleys final six years but I remember it well

As for Speedway City - I live in virginia and always have and it is not iout in the never never and I love the place
Yes I prefer to go to Murray Bridge but I still support my local track (I'm real close to it) at every meeting the super sedans are
running

Can someone tell me about thunderbird speedway at Virginia. Where was this in my town. When did it close?



Posted: November 5, 2008
Name: Terry
Message: Great site for our generation. Many great memories of a great speedway track. That was speedway.



Posted: October 31, 2008
Name: Chris Pitman
Message: Great website. Good to see its back up and running. Keep up the good work.



Posted: September 17, 2008
Name: GARRY DYSON
Message: THIS IS STAN DYSON;S SON I LIVE ON THE GOLD COAST AND WAS BOUGHT UP FROM A BABY AT ROWLEY PARK



Posted: September 11, 2008
Name: Mike
Message: Nice site and imformative. Great to see a speedway calander in here.



Posted: August 30, 2008
Name: Ken James
Website: South Boston Speedway
Message: Neat South Aussie site. We have no understanding why this great place would close.



Posted: August 28, 2008
Name: Tim Jones
Message: Good site, many good friday nights



Posted: August 20, 2008
Name: Adrian
Message: Very imformative info on Rowley Park and South Australian Speedway. Excelent photo's. Many great memories. Well done



Posted: July 29, 2008
Name: Jim
Message: Many great memories of where my brother and I raced stock saloons. Good website. Keep it up. I will send some photo's that may be of interest.



Posted: July 20, 2008
Name: David Wood
Message: Great site and good to see the photo's of Rowley long ago and now the estate that is there. My grandpa raced there in the 1960's.



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