History

History

Tassie Speedway Memories

Speedway and Road Race History

Carrick Speedway is one of Australia’s speedway success stories and shows what people can achieve when they work together with one dream.

Carrick Speedway was the dream of Dave Powell and Lex Sturnberg. Speedway inaugurated in Tasmania in 1964 and Dave and Lex envisaged that Northern Tasmania should also build a track.

Their company, Sporting Promotions Pty Ltd began track construction in late 1967 but with inclement winter weather their scheduled first racing meeting for March 1968 was pushed back to September of the same year.

The Carrick Sedan Club purchased the track in 1969 after Dave and Lex had a disagreement. The first full season of racing in 1969/70 saw the legendary Geoff Stagg take over as promoter. Racing was held of a Sunday afternoon for many years as the track had no lighting. The racetrack wall was made of 2 inch wooden planks which in itself caused many issues for drivers.

By the 1970/71 season, the track was just about financially gone so the Tasmanian Formula 500 Club paid $10,000 plus a tractor, grandstand and grader to be equal partners with the sedan club. The tractor was hopeless and the grader was in such “great” condition that it only made it to Westbury and was never seen or heard of again.

A meeting was then held every fortnight on a Sunday afternoon for four divisions of stock cars for the remainder of the season. Averaging 80 cars per race meeting Carrick Speedway had begun and made its mark on Speedway not only in Tasmania but across the country.

During the 50 years of Carrick Speedway it has had its fair share of ups and downs but in the end speedway has been the winner.

Being a club run track, a race meeting is not capable of succeeding without volunteers. There is no question that if it wasn’t for the volunteers at Carrick the track would not have survived. Volunteers spend hours on hours to make this track happen and this in turn has allowed Carrick Speedway to be where it is today.

SEASON PROMOTER/ MANAGER/NAMING RIGHTS SPONSOR
Date Naming Right/Sponsor Promoter/Manager
1968/69 Sporting Promotions Pty Ltd Jack Beard
1969/70 Sporting Promotions Pty Ltd Jack Beard
1970/71 Sporting Promotions Pty Ltd Jack Beard
1971/72
1972/73 Geoff Stagg
1973/74
1974/75 Winfield Geoff Stagg & Barry Charlton
1975/76 Winfield Geoff Stagg & Barry Charlton
1976/77 Winfield Geoff Stagg & Barry Charlton
1977/78 Winfield Ken Redpath & Gerald Knight
1978/79 Winston Badcock
1979/80 Winfield Gerald Knight & Robert “Titch” Jordan
1980/81 Winston Badcock
1981/82 Winston Badcock
1982/83 Winston Badcock
1983/84 Winston Badcock
1984/85 Winston Badcock
1985/86 Winston Badcock followed by Peter Aylett
1986/87 Michael Tubb
1987/88 Winston Badcock
1988/89 Winston Badcock
1989/90 Winston Badcock
1990/91 Winston Badcock
1991/92 Winston Badcock
1992/93 Winston Badcock
1993/94 Titch Jordan & Tim McKinnell Followed by Maurice Jones
1994/95 Maurice Jones
1995/96 Maurice Jones
1996/97 Coca Cola Marcus Bakes
1997/98 Cranes Combined John & Helen Medcraft
1998/99 Cranes Combined John & Helen Medcraft
1999/00 Cranes Combined John & Helen Medcraft
2000/01 Cranes Combined CSDA & Formula 500 Club
2001/02 Cranes Combined Nikau Enterprises
2002/03 Cranes Combined Nikau Enterprises
2003/04 Cranes Combined Nikau Enterprises
2004/05 Cranes Combined Nikau Enterprises
2005/06 Mark’s Launceston 4X4 Maurice Jones
2006/07 Cranes Combined White Promotions Pty Ltd
2007/08 Cranes Combined White Promotions Pty Ltd
2008/09 Cranes Combined White Promotions Pty Ltd
2009/10 Cranes Combined White Promotions Pty Ltd
2010/11 Cranes Combined Carrick Speedway Promotions Pty Ltd
2011/12 Cranes Combined Carrick Speedway Promotions Pty Ltd
2012/13 Cranes Combined Carrick Speedway Promotions Pty Ltd
2013/14 Cranes Combined Carrick Speedway Promotions Pty Ltd
2014/15 Cranes Combined Carrick Speedway Promotions Pty Ltd
2015/16 Cranes Combined Carrick Speedway Management Ltd
2016/17 Cranes Combined Carrick Speedway Management Ltd
2017/18 Cranes Combined Carrick Speedway Management Ltd