Horsham Motor Sports Club hopes to start a new $60,000 speedway track at Dooen this year.
The proposed track will be at Dooen swamp, next to to Horsham Pistol Club’s range.
The club has asked Wimmera Shire Council to apply to the Minister for Youth, Sport and Recreation, Mr Dixon, for a dollar-for-dollar government grant. It plans to form a co-operative to raise its $30,000 share of the cost.
Wimmera Shire councillors will discus the club’s application at their next meeting on February 8. If they approve. the request will go to Mr Dixon.
Horsham Motor Sports Club secretary. Mr Eric Davidson. said yesterday the track wouid be of international standard.
“We decided that if we were going to buiid a track it might as well measure up to the best in the country”, he said. “It will certainly rank with recognised tracks like those at Portland and Warrnambool.”
Club officials expect the track to be completed about 14 months after government approval has been received. Detailed plans have already been worked out.
Mr Davidson said a new Wimmera track would spark off great interest in speedway racing in the district.
“It would give Horsham and district people who could not travel long distances a chance to take part in the sport.”
“I’m sure many young blokes will become involved with speedway racing if there is a track reasonably close to their homes.”
“We will also have adequate facilities and location for interstate drivers.”
Mr Davidson said little more could be done about the track before council made its decision. “The whole thing now rests on how council views our application.”
• Horsham Motor Sports Club has a membership of about 60.
SOURCE: The Wimmera Mail-Times February 4?, 1974