Sunday 19th November, 2006 – Eastern Beach, Waterfront Geelong
The Geelong Speed Trials was formed in 1956, and has since become an event that is recognised world-wide. Hence, 2006 was to be the 50th celebration, although at the event on Sunday 19th November to mark this occasion there was something missing – the main ingredient…
On track action.
In recent year’s there have being continued problems with the local council as to a number of issues with the staging of the event. Suffice to say that annually it attracts crowds of 30,000 who come to watch the cars competing in this serene location. This year the organising committee made a conscious decision that a celebration had to be made on a large scale, even if the traditional Speed Trials could not be held.
The grassed area at Eastern Beach adjacent to the start line of Ritchie Boulevard (the unique sprint circuit) was jam-packed with cars and motorcycles from all era’s, which in all represented a true cross-section of the traditional Speed Trials events. The day was about celbrating the 50thas well as displaying a show of interest to the Geelong community of the event.
The Concours was held for a range of classes, which eventually saw the magnificent Irving Vincent win overall in the motorcycles, and an Austin Healey 3000 narrowly claiming a hard fought car section.
Well over 200 cars and around 50 bikes graced the lawns of Eastern Park under skies that cleared during the day to make it the perfect setting for the wonderful celebration.
The outcome is hoped that the Organising Committee will now continue discussions with local bodies as to a long-term agreement to have the event back to its traditional running in November 2007 and beyond.
For further information,please visit the Geelong Speed Trials web site, and show your support.