Taranaki (New Zealand)
Speedway Tracks
throughout the years.

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Bell Block 1949 - 1950

This track was situated beside the main highway from New Plymouth to Waitara just past the Mountain Road turn off.
Bell Block History ....

Waiwakaiho 1951 - 1971

Situated on the outskirts of New Plymouth, at the bottom of the Waiwakaiho hill, the old grandstand building can still be seen today in it's original position. Some of the worlds greats ran here. Bob Tattersall, "Satan" Brewer, Ivan Mauger, Barry Briggs and many more.
History of Waiwakaiho First season 1950-51..
History of Waiwakaiho Second season 1951-52..

Photo: Johnny Callender - Midget #83 - 1952

Stratford 1964 - current track

Situated at the Northern end of Stratford. Predominantly a stock and saloon car track. Three quarter midgets and solo bikes started racing here in 1975. Some local midgets run currently.

Photo: TQ's Jim Dunn Auckland #45 - Laurie Callender Stratford #62
Stratford History....

Ferndene 1990 - closed 2011

Situated at Egmont Village this track catered for many different classes including CTRA racing. Long and fast and a favorite of midget drivers with one long and one short banked corners.

Photo: Maurice Sattler - 2 Valve Jawa

New Plymouth 2003 - 04

Situated in the heart of New Plymouth, Pukekura Raceway horse racing track hosted the World FIM Long Track Speedway Grand Prix final for 2003 and 2004. Both events organised by Ivan Mauger with lots of help from local people.

Photo: Start of heat 10, Mitch Shirra gets the jump from gate 6.


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This photo is at our "club track" on a private farm owned by member Neil Cowley who is about to cut the tape on the opening day.