Oct 17, 2011
12 Greats Inducted Into Speedway Hall of Fame
12 outstanding Speedway contributors were honoured during the fourth Australian Speedway Hall of Fame Induction Dinner at the Adelaide Convention Centre on October 16 2011.
Hosted by Master of Ceremonies, David Tapp, the ceremony featured detailed recaps of each inductee's achievements in Speedway as well as striking audio visual presentations.
Speedway Australia Board Member and Speedway City Owner Wendy Turner presented the awards to each of the 2011 Australian Speedway Hall of Fame inductees.
The Australian Speedway Hall of Fame Class of 2011
- Sir Jack Brabham
- Michael Figliomeni
- Graeme McCubbin
- Blair Shepherd
- Alan Felsch
- Geoff Murphy
- Bill Goode
- Sid Hopping
- Fred Tracey
- Dennis Nash & Jeff Gittus (Sidecar Rider/Passenger)
- John Boulger
Speedway Australia would like to thank all those who attended, particularly those who travelled considerable distances to be at the ceremony as well as Phil Herreen and Michael Vickers of Paraquad SA (the official charity of the Hall of Fame), Ivan Golding of Motorcycling Australia, David Tapp, Wendy Turner, James Baker and event organiser Tony Parkinson.
A Speedway memorabilia auction was held at the conclusion of presentations.
As in previous years, a thirty-person National Speedway Induction Committee consisting of competitors, promoters, media members, historians and vintage association members was formed to determine the inductees for this year on behalf of Speedway Australia.
The initial task of the induction Committee was for each member to provide their own nominations for consideration. Based on the number of times candidates received nominations, a short list was formed consisting of individuals from 3 different areas;
- drivers from all divisions of car Speedway racing,
- owners, mechanics and manufacturers, and
- promoters and officials.
The induction committee was then asked to vote on a preferencial basis in each of the three categories to ensure all participants from within the sport are considered. Motorcycling Australia was responsible for the selection of solo and sidecar riders.
All money raised at the event will aid Paraquad SA's transitional housing program.
For more information about the Australia Speedway Hall of Fame, click here. You can learn more about Paraquad SA at their website, www.pqasa.asn.au. Hall of Fame DVDs can be purchased from James Baker by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Souvenir event programs are available for purchase from Speedway Australia for $10 each.
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