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Kalgoorlie-Esperance Challenge – Esperance Speedway
Date20 November 2021, Saturday
Esperance Toyota Speedway can’t wait to go racing!
The Esperance Speedway is situated on the corner of Norseman/ Coolgardie-Esperance Hwy and Myrup Road about 20km north of Esperance. It is normally a 10-15 minute journey by car. Entry for public and members to the Esperance Speedway is on Myrup Road, about 200m from Norseman Road/Coolgardie-Esperance Hwy.
Are there Bar & Canteen facilities available at the Esperance Speedway?
The Esperance Speedway canteen is the number one pit stop where you can find all sorts of warm meals to stop you from going hungry while watching the action. Enjoy the wide range of hot chips, hamburgers, hot dogs and many more specialties.
The Bar area is situated next to the canteen and features a wide open entertaining area. The whole complex is enclosed for you to enjoy the racing without the chill of nightfall. Come and enjoy a fresh beverage at the bar area while having full view of the track and racing action.
The Esperance Speedway Association is strictly NO BYO Alcohol.
What time does the Esperance Speedway gates open to public on race days/nights? what time does racing begin?
The track gates open to public at 4.00pm and racing (usually) begins at 6.00pm on race days unless meeting timeslot has been moved to a different timeslot from normal. Twilight meetings are traditionally held at 4.00pm where gates will be open from 2.00pm
History of the Esperance Speedway.
In early 1974 the basic groundwork for the Esperance Speedway was started by four keen young men in Kerry (Casper) Castledine, Marcus Gray, Gavan Jones, Eddie Cartledge and with guidance from local clergyman Farther Kevin Glover. (Father had the guidance and know-how to go through official channels).
The foundation members started the hard task of building the speedway track, giving up many hours of their free time. From dawn to dusk, seven days a week, they carved out the circuit with the machinery they had begged and borrowed from local supporters.
The earth backed safety fence was constructed with 2000 railway sleepers, wired together horizontally and perpendicular trenched in with the use of a digger. Second hand sleepers were obtained from the nearby railway line that was being upgraded at the time.
After only four months of hard work by the dedicated volunteers, the Esperance Speedway Association Inc. ran their first race meeting at the unique 365 metre track on a Sunday afternoon, the 28th of December 1974 with 2,000 spectators in attendance.
Just like then, today the Esperance Speedway is built and run on the back of hard work from it’s dedicated members, volunteers and sponsors.