The first Forrestfield Speedway reunion was held at the West Coast Motor Museum in 2010. The brainchild of Keith Hahn and Ron West, this event has been held bi-annually and the success and popularity continues in 2016.
Each event attracts new
attendees of all ages and the interest in Forrestfield Speedway is growing with more recognition on social media producing many photographs and memories from the fans of this circuit.
To think that it is just short of six decades since the
first laps were circulated on a bush block in Hartfield Road in Forrestfield is quite remarkable. A group of enthusiasts set out to find somewhere to have some fun in their street rods and in doing so attracted interest from the locals in the area who were alerted
by the noise and the dust. It wasn't long before the crowds were so big that the authorities were concerned about the safety issues and a more organised event was staged. Drivers began building specially designed race cars called hot rods and the
numbers increased. This original site was closed.
In September 1961 after relocating to a larger block of land in Dawson Road and many months of hard work by club members and volunteers the new Forrestfield Speedway went on to become the breeding ground
of speedway champions. Back in the day competitors did their apprenticeship at a Sunday winter track before being invited down to race at the famous Claremont Speedway. Forrestfield was an important part of the establishment of young, up and coming stars and
produced some of the biggest name in the sport in WA.
The WAHRA committee decided to invite the Slow Learning Children's Group to become involved and part proceeds from the track went to that charity for many years.
Fortnightly racing events
for hot rods, modifieds, super modifieds were held in front of huge crowds. In the mid 1960's the introduction of the stock production cars was massively popular. There were some events for bikes, speedcars and go karts on the programme on occasions.
This venue was a regular meeting point for fans of all ages and gave many thousands of young fans a chance to become racers in an affordable sport under a controlled environment.
Forrestfield ran successfully into the early 1980's when
the ever-growing housing estates around the suburb caused its closure.
Forrestfield Speedway will never be forgotton thanks to Ron, Keith and the other dedicated fans who organise these reunion events. Thank you all for your support and we
hope to see you at this years event on 7 August.