BLANDFORD PARK, Return to NZ Speedways
This track was in Grafton Gully in the centre of Auckland City, somewhere near Grafton Bridge where the motorway runs now. It was a break away group from Western Springs Speedway in 1945, and it was run by Gerry Mathieson and Jack Malcolm. It only ran about 4 or 5 meetings then closed down. Originally it was the main ground for soccer in the city, prior to Newmarket Park being set up. They only had 9 midgets and I remember the track was so dusty you could hardly see the cars. To make up a program they had wood chopping events, and running races for the kids. I actually won a race there one day for 8 to 10 year olds, so I guess I can say I have won a race on a speedway!. (This info was received from Gordon McIsaac of the "Speedway Hall of Fame" in Auckland) After the place closed the drivers were banned from racing at the Springs for a year, so they raced at Palmerston North.
The photo shows
two midgets lined up to race.
On left is # 1 John Gwillian and
# 75 Merv Sutherland on our right.
My thanks to Gordon McIsaac for details.
The photo below is the park around 1940.