WELCOME TO The OFFICIAL WEBSITE of
The AUSTRALIAN SPEEDWAY RIDERS ASSOCIATION Inc.
Patron & Founder - Mr.Jim Courtney
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 sign, View the Front cover of issue NINETY
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 - 2019 - Ralph Warne
Vice President for 2018 - 2019 - Don Lawson
Secretary / Treasurer for 2018 -2019 - 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: February 16, 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.
You can't race Speedway much closer than this !
Ashfield Team at Bristol -1949 - Rol Stobart, Eric Salmon, Ken Le Breton, Roger Wise.
Dave Gifford Collection.
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 # 43 - from the publishers of The VintageSpeedway Magazine and 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 - 2019 ASRA Committee
Tony Webb ( Qld.)
Links to interesting websites - click on the logos below.
A new inovation for your association's website - a page for selling or buying your requirements in a Speedway bike or parts. For private sales or purchases ONLY. It is a free service.
Click on the heading above.
Watch Taylor Poole (right) riding in blue challenge Jason Crump (in yellow) at
Kurri Kurri Speedway December 2011.
Click on the photo of Taylor.
(Turn your sound on - please wait - it will take a minute or so to load.)
Video by Brian Darby
Click here.- Initial download will take a minute or so.
Won by Max Fricke.
6 years later Max wins the senior
Australian Solo Championship.
A wide screen video clip.
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,
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.
CHUM TAYLOR interview
in Classic # 43
VSRA/ASRA Founder - President in 2006-2007 - Patron - Jim Courtney
Left: riding in the UK at Yarmouth 1951 and at right: riding for Wigan in the UK in the 1950s.
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.
It is my unfortunate duty to inform you of the sad passing of long time VSRA/ASRA Member Carl Astill. Carl aged 83, passed away in Canberra on Tuesday night 29th. January,
following a long illness.
Carl, renowned for his Casper the Ghost breastplate, commenced his speedway career as a 19 year old in 1954
at the Sydney Sports Ground. He was a regular and popular competitor at Cumberland Oval, Westmead, Belmont (Newcastle) and the Sydney Showground. Carl, retired from racing in 1957, when he married lovely Margaret.