Welcome to the website of the Canterbury Vintage Speedway Enthusiasts' Club Inc. from Christchurch, New Zealand.
Our club was formed in 1993 and our members celebrate the great sport of speedway racing.
“Promoting the future by preserving the past.”
Our mission is to actively promote and demonstrate the spirit of speedway through the preservation of vehicles and related memorabilia.
We encourage all enthusiasts of speedway, past and present, to become actively involved in our club activities. Our regular track events offer opportunities for the vehicle owners to take to the track whilst those members without their own vehicles enjoy participating trackside, either in an official capacity or as keen spectators. Throughout our club there is a wealth of speedway knowledge and our committee and members happily support those restoring or reproducing vehicles from the past.
Please return here soon, as this site will continue to be updated.
Regular updates are also made to our Facebook page.
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Christchurch is well known for having been the hometown of speedway motorcycling legends Ivan Mauger, Ronnie Moore and Barry Briggs.
Speedway began in this city at English Park in February 1929, with motorcycles being the only class racing. Later in 1929 Monica Park Speedway opened up in opposition to the English Park operation and the two ran head to head for a couple of nights before English Park shut down. Midget cars got their first outing in 1936 when American stuntman Putt Mossman had a couple of these cars as part of his legendary "Motor Cycle Rodeo and Circus". A troupe of American, Australian and Auckland Midget car drivers raced three shows in 1937 with Duane Carter (Indy 500 driver) being to the fore.
Monica Park closed down in 1938, and it was not until 1949 that the Aranui speedway opened. Aranui operated for 10 years before urban sprawl put paid to it, and since 1962 Templeton Speedway has operated (now known as Ruapuna Speedway).
In 1974 stockcar fans celebrated the opening of Woodford Glen.
West Melton runs solos and sidecars and these tracks provide speedway fans with a great choice each summer.
We have had some visitors to our site querying the site of Monica Park speedway and also Aranui Speedway.
Monica Speedway was on Ferry Road, Woolston, Christchurch. It was at the time directly opposite the main gates to Woolston School, now long removed. When travelling along Ferry Road from town, it was between Smith Street and Tilford Street. Now the Linwood College Lower Playing Fields. Some website visitors might remember that once the speedway had finished, the old grandstand and embarkment remained standing for some time, the outline of the track clearly visible. Not so these days.
Want to join the Canterbury Vintage Speedway Enthusiasts' Club Inc.?
Subs are $35.00 (NZ) per annum and include four great newsletters per year
Please send your details and remittance to:
Canterbury Vintage Speedway Enthusiasts' Club Inc.
PO Box 16-430
For further information about the club, please contact:
President: Andrew Stevens Phone (03) 313 5233
Secretary: Darrell Thomas Email Thomas@inet.net.nz