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Thank you to Graeme & Trevor for your help with photos, stories and memories,
I'm sure anybody who reads these will enjoy them as much as I did.

 

 

The Mobile tower

A story in it's self !. 

 

Thanks Graeme for the story and Trevor for the photos.

To the left the mobile tower can be seen ,
{See below for full story.} 

 

 

There was an old flat tray truck (used as a cherry picker to originally construct the lighting and 
later for maintenance to change globes) which had scaffold on the tray forming a tower about 3 metres 
square and about 10 metres high. Immediately behind the cab were rocks, stacked high. These acted like 
a keel to stop the truck toppling over. The truck did not have working brakes and it was towed by the 
tractor. On the straight part of the track it was relatively easy to tow the truck along and change light 
globes. However, on the banked bends, we used to have to back the truck up to the fence, otherwise it would 
have tipped over. It was a big effort to climb up and down the tower, as there was only a ladder 
(strapped to the poles) for part of the way, so dad often stayed up there when we moved the truck around to 
the next light. I remember once dad telling me from up the tower, on a bend, to chock the truck's wheel and 
move the tractor out of the way. Then he said remove the chocks. I watched the truck slowly roll down the 
track, towards the pole line where there was a small mound of dirt. The truck rolled up the mound, and then 
back slightly, and then started to sway from side to side. Not much of a sway and ground level, however, 
10 metres up it was moving quite a bit. It was very scary and I really though the truck was going to topple 
over. I said to dad afterwards, what would you have done if the truck tipped over, ride it to the ground. No, 
he said. I would have grabbed up and hung onto the light pole.

The remains of the canteen and stewards rooms after a fire in 1967. 

This was a relatively new building destroyed during a fire believed 
to be caused by an electrical fault . 
The fire brigade could not approach the fire due to the LPG cylinders 
exploding and skyrocketing 30 metres into the air.

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working bee

 

A 1968 working bee at Melbourne Speedway with a suspended 
load in the bucket. 
Earle Viénet is the guy in the left of the bucket.

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Barry Watt from Queensland

 

Barry Watt from Queensland in the pits for the craven filter 
$10,000 speedcar championship in 1969.

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Melbourne speedway poster

Melbourne speedway poster from the 1960's

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English Solo motorcycle Test Team Flyer

English Solo motorcycle Test Team Flyer for the 
big event in 1968 that attracted 10,000 people.

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