From an era when GTS Monaro’s and SLR 5000’s were a common sight on the roads of Australia, speedway was a popular weekend past time and for my brother and I they were great times as we accompanied our parents visiting tracks across Victoria for their small photography business.

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.

After rummaging through my father's collection of negatives I scanned a few of them and I couldn't stop......

From the archive of Holger Schult, 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. Being a perfectionist my father initially objected to the idea of putting the poorer shots on line. But 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.

I took a few shots myself, but they're usually the blurry ones you will skip past pretty quickly - whereas my father could manually 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 images are now on line - over 16,000 of them - so take your time. We expect to make some barn finds in the future and unearth 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 (email contact)

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  • Patrick

    on July 6, 2020

    Hi Wayne, great you have found some pics of your father racing - easiest if you drop me an email as I am currently based in Singapore:

  • Wayne Anderson

    on July 5, 2020

    Hi Patrick, I have found photos of dad racing at Seymour, late 70's. Can I contact you by phone to purchase photo's. Thanks Wayne Anderson Barnawartha Vic 3688. 0488065660

  • Patrick

    on June 11, 2020

    Hi Brett, thanks for the feedback - yes naming all the drivers would be a bit of a task! Glad you enjoyed the pics. Would be a real shame if some collections are being lost. Am hoping some more collections are discovered and are scanned and find their way on line.

  • Brett Swanson

    on June 11, 2020

    Hi Patrick, love the work and the quality is first class. I'm just disappointed that your dad had stopped shooting Seymour by the time I started because I've got no photo's of my car in action.
    As a fellow photographer I was going to ask whether you'd considered trying to put names to all the drivers until I realised how many pics there are.
    Some brilliant shots and a great catalogue especially when I keep hearing stories of various photographers from the day who've destroyed there collections thinking no body would want them.

  • Patrick

    on 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

  • Tina Crundwell

    on April 10, 2015

    Sorry my name is Shane Crundwell, for some reason the post has come up under my wife's name

  • Tina Crundwell

    on April 10, 2015

    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 Dansey

    on August 3, 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 Old

    on June 2, 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 Read

    on June 1, 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!

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