Over the course of the season we are invited some of the superstars of yesteryear back to the track so we can thank them for their contributions to the sport.
At the Christmas Cup and Boxing Day Bonanza show we will have four of the legends trackside – here is a bit about each of them.
Allan Blake – Sedans
THE Bunbury- based Allan Blake was the first WA competitor to win an Australian Sedan Championship – taking the honours in a Holden Torana in the 1976-77 season at the Carrick Speedway in Tasmania.
Blake, whose brother Barry was another standout in the early days of sedan racing at Claremont, also won the WA title in 1976-77 and finished second the following summer.
He won a total of 23 feature races at the Claremont Speedway between 1971 and 1978, an effort that puts him seventh in the all-time rankings at the historic track.
Blake scored the most feature races in a season in 1973-74 (8 wins) and again a season later, with four successes.
He was inducted into the Claremont Speedway Hall of Fame during the final season at that venue.
Blake also managed the Bunbury track for some time, plus ran the Darwin facility as well.
He has been the brains behind the success of his son Brad Blake in the Late Model ranks.
Tony Giancola – Sedans
WHEN the Grand National Sedans ruled the roost, the only Australian title for that division held at the Claremont Speedway was won by Tony Giancola.
He started his racing career at the Sunday afternoon Forrestfield Speedway and shared a car with a mate – the car was numbered #43 and when Tony raced he added a strip of tape to make it #143.
Giancola took out the WA title on five occasions – 1979-80, 1981-82, 1988-89, 1990-91 and 1998-99.
He ran second four times and also had a third place finish alongside his name.
Giancola won 35 feature races at the Claremont Speedway between 1978 and 2000, making him the fourth highest in the long history of that track.
He won the most feature races in a season on four occasions – 6 victories in 1979-80, 3 in 1986-87, 4 in 1990-91 and 3 in 1999-00.
When he hung up his helmet he worked on the Super Sedans and Late Models driven by his son Marc Giancola.
John Singleton – Sedans
“Singo” was successful in the Australian Super Sedan Championship staged at the Claremont Speedway during the 1988-89 season.
An interesting highlight of that title was that the two night show was held in different years – the first night was in late December and the second one in early January.
Singleton also finished second in the WA Sedan Championship in 1984-85 and 1988-89.
He was third in 1985-86 and 1987-88.
Singleton won two Claremont feature races in 1988 and 1989.
Bill Broadwood – Formula 500
ONE of the most successful Formula 500 drivers ever produced in this state, Bill Broadwood was first across the line in the Australian title held at Fairburn Park (ACT) in 1978-79 and finished third the following season in Melbourne.
He won four WA crowns in 1982-83, 1983-84, 1986-87 and 1987-88.
Broadwood also had three second placings and a third in the state title tilt.
He took out a total of 31 Claremont Speedway feature races – fourth in the all-time rankings – between 1975 and 1992.
Broadwood scored the most feature races in a season (4) during the 1986-87 season.
He was also a five times winner of the annual Christmas Cup at the Claremont circuit.
Broadwood also won the prestigious Bunny Burrowes Memorial event twice.
His son Todd and daughter Tegan have also driven in the Formula 500 ranks.
Apart from thanking the legends we will have plenty of ontrack action including round two of the Carbusters WA Demolition Derby Championship.