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1961 - 1968

  “The place, where the champions used to race"

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"Point Pass Speedway Reunion - 21st November 04  - Point Pass Oval"

Further information can be sought from their Web Site: Buschutz Engineering Pty Ltd


The 1964 Australian TQ Championships were held on the 28th December 1964 at the "Point Pass Speedway".

To commemorate this occasion, the committee organised a "40th Anniversary Reunion" to celebrate the event.

The organising committee consisted of the following persons:

Name:

Position:

Organisation Representing:

Brian Latz Chairman Eudunda Motor Cycle & Car Club
Adrian Menzel Secretary Webmaster & Convenor

Danny Jung

Treasurer

Point Pass Hall & Park Committee   

Travis Heinrich Committee Member Point Pass Hotel Social Club & Hotel Proprietor
Pam Hatch Committee Member Point Pass Hotel Social Club & Hotel Proprietor
Jim Reese Committee Member Eudunda Motor Cycle & Car Club
Rodney Pfitzner Committee Member Eudunda Motor Cycle & Car Club
Chris Heinrich Committee Member Point Pass Hotel Social Club
John Gould Committee Member Point Pass Hotel Social Club
Desiree Gould Committee Member Point Pass Hotel Social Club
Gordon Schmidt Committee Member Point Pass Hotel Social Club
John Milde Committee Member Point Pass Tennis Club
Linda Pfitzner Committee Member Point Pass Tennis Club
Further information   Email: administration@pointpassspeedway.org

At the completion of all meetings, the format for the reunion was as per below:

Date: 21st November 2004

Place: Point Pass Oval, Point Pass

Time: 11 am with a BBQ Lunch and Drinks available to be purchased

Activities:

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Static Display of Cars, with the emphasis on cars that raced in the 1964 Championship event
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Static Display of Cars & Motor Cycles, with the emphasis on cars that have a background that raced at Point Pass Speedway
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Static Display of Classic Speedway Cars & Bikes
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Display of any memorabilia of the Point Pass Speedway, including local drivers trophies & sashes
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Local Emergency Services will be in attendance to give individual demonstrations
  •  
Sale of a Souvenir Program produced especially for the occasion
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Sale of a copy of the 1964 Australian TQ Championships Program
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Sale of memorabilia such as Bumper Stickers, Stubby Holders and other items

Official Opening: 2 pm by Mr Jim Reese, who together with his father and numerous other persons within the Eudunda Motor Cycle & Car Club "made it all happen in those days".


Below is a précis and some photos of the preparation for the event and numerous views of the park area with some notes to go with them.

TRACK:

Adrian Menzel was generously given the loan of a small tractor and grader by Malcolm and Coral Schutz of Point Pass to remove the grass that had grown over it and was on average about 1 foot high.

He did it 2 grading's, the first to kill the grass and the second to level it out.

The photos are after the first grading.

"Take a tour around the track yourself, using the photos in their sequence, like Adrian did many times with the grader".

In TOTAL, the track preparation took approximately 12 hours.

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Main Straight.

 

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Turn No 1.

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Turn No 2. 

(Note that one of the tyres that was used on the inside of the track is still there)

 

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Turn No 3.

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Back Straight.

 

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Turn No 4.

To clean up the rest of the grass, Malcolm then placed approximately 250 sheep in the area to eat the grass.

This proved to be very successful. Thanks Malcolm.


SURROUNDS:

The photos are of the area surrounding the track.

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The mob of sheep grazing in the middle of the track. - Thanks sheep.

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The "Main Gate" that is used to enter the park which faces the town.

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The track that you drive on leading to the old Football Clubrooms with the tall gum trees on the western fence.

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The gum trees on the eastern fence and the "Back Straight" in the distance.

 

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A view from the spectator gate towards the Clubrooms. Cricket was also played there and you can see it in the foreground.

 

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The Football Clubrooms with the Toilet facilities behind. The clubrooms were used for L-R: First Aid Room, Canteen and Storage/Light Controls. 

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The new Toilet & Shower facilities that were built at the park some years ago.

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The back of the clubrooms that has had a veranda built onto it since the "Speedway Days".

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A view from the South Eastern "Spectator Gate" looking into the track area.

 

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A view from the South Eastern "Spectator Gate" looking out onto the road.

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A view from the South Western "Pit Gate" looking into the track area.

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A view from the South Western "Spectator Gate" looking out onto the road.

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Looking from the No. 3 - 4 Turns of the track towards the North "Main Gate" and the township of Point Pass.

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Just East of the "Main Gate" entrance is a fire plug for water. This was used to fill the "Water Truck" when the track was being prepared.

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On the Western side of the clubrooms was a stove that was used at "Busy Bees" etc to BBQ and heat food for those that attended. Jim Reese is pointing at the spot that it was located.

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The foundation and remains of the "old faithful stove".


MEETINGS:

All meetings were held at the "POINT PASS HOTEL"

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Photo taken after one of the committee meetings.

L - R: - Back - Danny Jung, Jim Reese.

Front - Dylan Heinrich, Pam Hatch & Travis Heinrich.

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Visit By SACSA Representatives.

L-R: John Moyle, Danny Jung, Jim Reese, Mrs John Moyle, Peter Dodd & Mrs Peter Dodd.

 


SETTING UP:

This was done Saturday, 20th November by some of the committee members and other enthusiastic interested persons.

A "Busy Bee" was held the week before to clean out the clubrooms and do some mowing of the grass around them and the toilets.

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Setting up on the day before the event.

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The track graded showing the north chicane.

 

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Restored "Golden Fleece" sign.


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