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Published February 26th 2015
What is an Avalon Raceway, you say? It's a big round (oval) racetrack, where cars compete, driving around in circles, spraying mud all over the audience. If you're lucky, you might get mud in your face, it's often quite cold out there, so you'll be covered in mud and freezing.
If you're a car nut, it doesn't matter how cold or muddy you get, as long as you can get up close to the races, watch the cars go round and round, ooh and ahh over the many crashes, and hopefully glimpse your heroes being waved past with the black and white checked flag.
I've been out to Avalon Raceway a few times. It's a really good, fun night, it can be noisy and sometimes there are a few crashes. It can be cold so most people rug up in coats, and take blankets and folding chairs. You can buy food or take your own. A nice hot cuppa from your thermos goes down well.
Racing cars is a whole new language, so you might hear words like street stock, modified productions, AMCA, super sedans, wingless, F500's, dirt modifieds. What does it all mean?
Well according to wikipedia, production car racing, showroom stock racing, street stock, pure stock or U-car racing includes all categories of car racing, where unmodified (or lightly modified) cars race each other, outright and in classes. Cars usually have a protective roll cage and run race tires (slicks or radials). So that's what a street stock car is. You can look up definitions of the other types of racing cars for your own interest.
The track opened in 1976 due to the efforts of brothers Doug and Norm Drew. The Drew brothers lived in the area and needed a place to race after the Torquay Speedway closed.
The Drew brothers built the speedway on land in Old Melbourne Road (the current site of the Avalon Raceway). The Drew family has strived to improve the venue since that time.
The new Speedway hosted motorbike racing early on, with World Champions Ole Olsen, Ivan Mauger, and Barry Briggs, battling against Victorian favourite Phil Crump. Sidecars were a big draw to the Speedway. Avalon Speedway hosted the 1980 Australian Sidecar Championship, and numerous Victorian Sidecar title meetings.
In the early 1990s, with the introduction of the clay track surface, bike racing was off the program. Sprintcar racing has been the biggest draw in Australian Speedway since the late 1970s.
The clay surface at Avalon Raceway suited Sprintcar racing. Avalon has been a regular venue of the World Series Sprintcars since the new clay surface was introduced. Avalon Raceway was the home of the Australian Speedcar Grand Prix from 2003 until 2010.
Head out to Avalon Raceway for a great family night
Whether it's the Avalon Airshow or the Avalon Raceway, there is always lots of action happening around Avalon. If you didn't get to the Avalon Airshow, it'll be back in two years. Head out to Avalon Raceway for a night of noisy cars racing around the oval track, spraying mud and racing for their personal best times. Take a thermos, blanket, folding chairs and enjoy the noise and atmosphere.