REBORN TOM PRICE JOINS SPEEDWAY AUSTRALIA
Tom Price Speedway, situated in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, is a mining town located at the edge of the Hamersley Range. Tom Price is the highest town above sea level in Western Australia and is consequently dubbed "Top Town in WA". From a speedway fans perspective it’s south of Nickol Bay and Port Hedland, and northwest of Newman.
After the famous track lay dormant for approximately 8 years, a group of car enthusiasts i...n Tom Price recently approached the Shire of Ashburton about using the speedway as a clubrooms for their newly formed Motorsport club.
The venue contains a speedway track, a burnout pad and the clubrooms facility which includes a bar and canteen. The newly formed committee soon realised they had a wave of community support to push them along with local businesses expressing interest in sponsorship and helping wherever they can.
The Shire of Ashburton contributed a significant amount of funding which allowed them to renovate and clean up the facility including the removal and upgrade of the starters box and other buildings that no longer met the Shire’s standards. There was also an issue with the power which the club are still in the process of reinstating.
The Tom Price Motorsport committee has proactively built its rapport with the community by helping out at the local drive in during movie nights, manning the gate and canteen to raise funds for the speedway. They’ve displayed classic, collectable and speedway cars at the local markets and the annual “Nameless Festival”, to create awareness and interest to the club and the sport of speedway.
A new eco-friendly toilet was also constructed by Benco group near the main building and only days ago the lease was signed, and the keys were handed over. Next is the club’s AGM and an Open Day which will happen in the next couple of months however there is still a lot of work in the meantime to get the venue back up and running.
Special thanks go out to:
Peter Sawyer, Ken Rose, Ben Williams, Andrew Andreoli, Cassie Blackwell, John Hanlon, Shaun Bullock, Russell Mead, Mick Palmer, Brent Stevens, Tod Bennett and Ash Docherty.
Tom Price Speedway has a rich history, with international level Solo and Sprintcar competition in previous iterations. Many people speak of the venue in glowing terms, and there’s sure to be a large base of fans who will be delighted to hear of the rebirth. Tom Price becomes the 22nd venue in Western Australia to join the Speedway Australia family, and we wish them every success in the coming months while offering our vast array of complimentary services to the enthusiastic committee.