A little while ago I started reminiscing about the good times my brother and I had visiting speedway tracks across Victoria with my parents who ran a small business selling speedway photos. My father spent his time in the middle of the track shooting the images and my mother sold them from a bright red Bedford van.
I started rummaging through my father's collection of negatives and after scanning a few of them I couldn't stop......
From the archive of Holger Schult, speedwaygold.com is a vast collection of over 15,000 Australian speedway images from the 70's and 80's.
While digital photography gives us the ability to produce abundant imagery, it often stops us from pausing to truly appreciate a great photo as we did in the days of film cameras. This site tries to bring back some of those moments.
Being a perfectionist my father initially objected to the idea of putting the poorer shots on line. My thinking was that some visitors may be eager to see a shot of their uncle, aunt, parents or grandparents...or even themselves wrestling their car around one of these tracks – and for them a bad shot is better than no shot at all. Given some visitors to this site will be taking a trip down memory lane when they look through this collection, I decided it was important to upload all the images.
I took a few shots myself, but they're usually the blurry ones you will skip past pretty quickly - whereas my father could pull a lens into focus while framing a car rolling over and over - and all the while with the motor-drive firing at 6 frames per second. With his talent there are quite a few amazing shots to enjoy when you browse through this collection.
Hope you enjoy the site and please feel free to add comments to the shots or to the bottom of this page. You can also share the shots with friends by clicking the share icon below each photo. The entire collection of scans are now on line - over 16,000 of them so take your time. Images can now be purchased for non-commercial use, see the "Sale & Commercial" page for more info. We expect to unearth some more negatives and will upload these in time. Unfortunately, they are not in chronological order. And lastly a special thanks to my brother Rodney for filing most of the images and my mother for spending hours looking for all the negatives. Patrick.
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Patrickon April 11, 2015
Thanks Shane. Great to get your note - glad you came across the shots of your Dad. They were incredibly fearless on those old sidecars! Patrick
Sorry my name is Shane Crundwell, for some reason the post has come up under my wife's name
Gidday Patrick, I am amazed of how many shots you have of my late father (Lloyd Crundwell sidecar 88) In Dad's collection there are a lot of shots from Drouin/Ballarat but the other photo's of Dad my family and I hadn't seen before is just great! Dad passed on just over a year ago now, so I thank you.
Stuart Danseyon August 2, 2014
These pics are awesome. Great to look back when I was only a toddler at the Garfield pics and see a pic of my dad in the mini sideways looking at hitting the tractor tyre. For memory he did and squashed the flaggies orange juice. Always remember that story.
Hursty Oldon June 1, 2014
What a great trip down memory lane. I remember the red Bedford van, always saved my pocket money to buy a few pictures at Nyora and even won a drawing competition at won stage, the prize being an enlarged photo of my choice. Thanks for creating this site, the memories are fantastic. Have seen a lot of my brother Geoff Hurst in the Hot Rods. Great stuff :)
Ray Readon May 31, 2014
Thank you Patrick. I agree with the overwhelming positive response. A lot of people that I have passed the site on to are absolutely over the moon! Great work, and we look forward to the updates. I also found a pic of my old racecar at Nagambie, and some photos of me as commentator at Nagambie, and Wangaratta. Great stuff!
Patrickon May 31, 2014
Hi Ray, Thanks for the note and interesting to read your editorial background. Unfortunately, I dont think we have any shots of Rushworth - although we are still digging for more negs. 16,000 scanned so far. Re, the sale of images - we may give this some more thought once all the shots are up on line - as the original intention was to just share the images and have people enjoy the nostalgia - as we have. The feedback via comments and emails has been overwhelming, which is really great. Regards PATRICK
Ray Readon May 30, 2014
Hi Patrick - excellent stuff. I am a speedway journalist from the 1970s and 80s, and didn't connect these pics with E&H Photographics initially. I used many of your father's shots in a Speedway newspaper that I used to edit - North Eastern Speedway News. Two questions: Do you have any of Rushworth Speedway as I am currently writing a book (pictorial) on the history of the Goulburn Valley Auto Club; and do you have the original images for sale, preferably in digital form?
Patricia Gibsonon May 30, 2014
Hi Patrick I loved seeing all these speedway photo's . I was a member of the Seymour Auto club at the time.
Robert Richardsonon May 30, 2014
Hi Patrick, so many memories here, stoked to find shots of my Sprintcar at Nyora when I was just a young bloke. Thanks so much for all your efforts creating this great Website. Regards, Rob