WELCOME TO The OFFICIAL WEBSITE of
The AUSTRALIAN SPEEDWAY RIDERS ASSOCIATION Inc.
Patron - Mr.Trevor Harding ( as of September 2019)
Visitors to this site since 8-5-02
Click on the VSM name to view some top photos from the pages of the no longer published - Vintage Speedway Magazine in the UK.
Have a look at some great photos from John's career. Click on his name.
Johnny Hoskins the "Father of Speedway" called him "Buck" after a comic strip hero in the Sunday papers. Click on Keith's name for a tribute to this great Aussie sportsman.
Some photos from Bob's career.
The Veteran Speedway Riders' Association of Australia was formed by a group of Vets in 1991. From those humble beginnings the association has grown to have a membership of around 400 in 2019. The Association name was changed to the AUSTRALIAN SPEEDWAY RIDERS ASSOCIATION on June 5th. 2014.We look forward to the support of all current ASRA Members and for some of you younger riders and fans from the '70s, '80s, and '90s come on ! join us NOW.......and let's get stronger.
The Association was Incorporated in August 2016.
Click on the BACKTRACK logo, View the Front cover of issue NINETY FOUR of this great new Speedway magazine from the U.K. Subscribe NOW ! This is also now linked to the
NEW Classic Speedway Magazine.
ASRA President for 2018 - 2020 - Ralph Warne
Vice President for 2018 - 2020 - Colin McKee (as of September 2019)
Secretary / Treasurer for 2018 -2020 - Bill Powell
This website was created in 2002 as a private website and is maintained under a yearly rental agreement for the ASRA.
Website is property of Brian Darby
or Mob. 0419976557.
This page was last updated: November 19, 2019
Would you like to hear the sound of a J.A.P. engine or hear Stuart Mountford riding a few laps of his Jawa at Barleigh Ranch ?, if you would click on the sounds heading above.
A new small Brian Darby website with photos and tributes to our early Speedway champions.
Early stages yet.
Would you like to let us know that you have visited our site or of your Speedway history ?
To leave a message on the ASRA site - click on
Sign In and leave your message and details or to view the existing messages click on
Classic Speedway # 46 - from the publishers of the Backtrack Magazine.
This new publication replaces The Vintage Speedway Magazine which is now discontinued after running for 15 years. CLASSIC, still with early Speedway features and you can now travel on into the 50s and 60s. Click on the Backtrack banner below for purchase details.
All the ASRA memorabilia is now on display at the Nabiac Museum.
To go to the Museum website click on the link below.
Click here to open a page showing up & coming events for ASRA members.
2018 - 2020 ASRA Committee
Tony Webb ( Qld.)
Links to interesting websites - click on the logos below.
A Brian Darby website for lovers of Solo Speedway - worldwide.
Click on the heading above.
For one of the best Speedway photo collections in the world - click here
Contacts for the ASRA are as follows
Bill Powell - Secretary / Treasurer
50 Tuffy Avenue
Phone: (02) 9583 2706
The unofficial website for Newcastle Speedway - UK.
Travel to the Sunderland Speedway site in the UK.
To keep this historic Speedway Association moving into the future it is important for us to have new members
join us - you can do that now by clicking onto the APPLICATION FORM heading below which brings up a PDF for you to download by printing - fill it out and send with cheque or money order to the address on the bottom of the form. It's a great Australian Association and having enthusiastic members keeps our history alive - please join us !
Click here to print Membership Application Form.
Affiliated with NSW Motorcycle Alliance
Ralph Warne - President
Mobile 0448 567 041
The VSRA - ASRA
A PHOTO DVD of photos from Re Union dinners and club outings photographed over the years 1995 to 2018 by club member Brian Darby.
Running time is 17.40 minutes and it is a chance to relive and enjoy those moments from the past with fellow members and friends.
$ 25 Au plus $3 P&P ( within Australia.) Overseas P&P $ 9.00.
To Purchase :
Brian Darby on
Mob 0419 976 557
Pay Pal available
On regular occasions the ASRA participates in speedway bike and memorabilia displays and events. Our display of speedway and short circuit machines has become very popular and is quite a feature at these events. If you have a speedway or track bike and would like to display it with our Association, please contact ASRA Secretary, Bill Powell. Remembering, the bikes do not need to be in pristine condition. The aim of our Association is to preserve speedway history. Kind regards - Bill
Allan Whitfield Roper -aka-Allan Blackburne - a true Aussie Speedway legend.
Click here for Allan's history.
A new webpage on Brian Darby's Vintage Speedway website. A collection of amateur candid photos from the 40s and 50s to which older club members may relate.
Click on the Molly heading.
2019 ASRA AWARD
The Australian Speedway Riders’ Association Award is presented to the rider who is judged the “Most Improved” Australian rider over the previous year.
The ASRA presents two perpetual shields, one for most improved Solo and the other for most improved Sidecar. The individual rider and passenger receives a small replica shield and the main shield is retained by the ASRA.
The ASRA award is judged by an elite panel of twenty judges, both male and female recruited from all Australian mainland states.
Solo – Jaimon Lidsey, Victoria – awarded at Australian Solo title,
Kurri Kurri, NSW on 12th January 2019.
Sidecar – Shane Rudloff (rider)/ Scott Morris (passenger), South Australia – awarded Australian Sidecar title, Pioneer Park Speedway, QLD on 20th/21st April 2019.
Bill Powell - Secretary - ASRA
Brian Darby is having a
Speedway Book & Magazine Sale.
( from a new 2019 supplier)
Click on relative button below.
ASRA member's bikes and memorabilia on display.
Photo - Brian Darby
Top rider in the 1950s - Allan Wall. Allan rode in England for Poole and also represented Australia in Test matches. Photo Brian Darby.
It is with deep sorrow that I advise of the sad passing of my very good friend and ASRA Member Ray Thompson aged 93. He passed away peacefully on Wednesday 13th November, at Cooroy, in QLD.
Ray was a passionate and long time ASRA Member. He commenced his sidecar racing career in the early 50's, competing on all of the Sydney tracks. It wasn't long before he established himself as a champion sidecar racer. In 1953 he raced at Claremont, WA, and built up a big and well earned reputation for his powerful riding style. Ray was mounted on an 1000cc HRD Vincent Black Shadow, this being the first time this type of machine had been raced on the Claremont track.
Ray Thompson was a champion, not only as a rider but as a human being.
Goodbye mate - REST IN PEACE
Ray Thompson leads on the pole line - Sydney Sportsground Speedway in the mid 1950s....Photo Frank Le Breton.