Carole's Taipa & Northland Speedway History Pages...
1989 - 2013
PAST SPEEDWAY ACTION AT TAIPA!
Visiting drivers are always welcome at Taipa's oval dirt track!
(the home of the best fish & chip shop ever...it is world renowned!)
Club-based speedway history started in the Far North back in the mid 1980's. In the late 1980's racing began on a track at this present site. This would not have been possible without the full backing of the Poharama Family. With their help this start led to the formation of the Taipa Stock & Saloon Car Club.
In the early days the track was likened to 'two straights joined by a hairpin at each end', and the track simply followed the lay of the land. Throughout the 1990's the track was developed to its current configuration, with the now famous 'red clay.' This particular clay has tremendous firmness, grip, and drainage, which provides excellent traction for acceleration and cornering.....drivers call it 'awesome drivability.'
The Club became an Incorporated Society in 1999, and has continued to improve the track, the facilities in the surrounding course, and safety features for the benefit of everyone involved in the sport of speedway at Taipa.
Taipa Stock & Saloon Car Club and Kaikohe Car Club, and now Whangarei Saloon & Stockcar Club and Dargaville Production Stockcar Club, have become members of the Circle Track Racing Association in recent years. CTRA was started by Barry Butterworth (well known and successful Auckland speedway racer) back in 1987.
CTRA provides national parent body support and general rules for all its affiliated clubs. Thanks to Kaikohe Car Club, Whangarei Saloon & Stockcar Club, and Dargaville Production Stockcar Club members for great support over past seasons!
New racers and helpers are always welcome at Taipa Speedway. Taipa Club recognizes the continuing support of the Poharama Family.