Our Story

Our Story

 The Simpson Car Club was formed in May 1969, but it took another five years before the first race meeting was ever held.

After lengthy discussions and several suitable locations put forward, the Simpson car club found the perfect complex, a disused Gravel Pit 12km’s northeast of the Simpson township, which is still the current site of the Speedway today!

In the early stages of design members decided on a unique track shape that would be challenging for Drivers. The end result was a teardrop shape track or efficiently know by the drivers as the “egg / avocado”.

Initial earthworks got underway during Easter 1971 and by November 1972 the main construction of the track and spectator facilities had taken place. Further work was carried out to get the complex up to race readiness.

The first ever race meeting was held at Simpson Speedway on Sunday the 24th of March 1974. The track was opened at midday before a giant crowd, by MLA for Polwarth Mr. Cec Burgin.

Daytime race meetings were held as continual improvements to the complex were made over the years. A much safer concrete fence replaced the ageing wooden barrier and construction was completed by May of 1984, in all taking 2 years to complete.

A major decision to move from daytime events to night racing saw the Speedway conduct it’s first show under lights in 1987, a move which has been the most significant in the Club’s history. That has proved to be by far most beneficial for Competitors and Spectators alike.

Since 1987 the Simpson Car Club Inc. has not looked back, continual upgrades to facilities include a relocation of the Pit Area, a Lighting upgrades, general improvements to the Spectator bank and the amenities, an extension to the Clubroom facilities with an undercover Presentation / Barbeque area, banking of the track surface as well as major track safety upgrades.

Simpson Speedway has continually been raising the bar for speedway in south west Victoria, and in 2019/20 season is no different with the Australian Formula 500 championship & Australian 360ci Sprintcar Championship set to be contested at the Bungador bullring, this is set to be one of the proudest moment in the club’s history and Simpson is not planning to slow down any time soon………….

These have been just some of the many changes that have taken place at Simpson Speedway over the past 40+ years, changes that have seen this once small Club continue to grow into a progressive and committed Club on the Australian Speedway scene!

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