A bit of an Aussie phenomenon, the spectacular sport of Speedway Sidecar racing is still very popular in Speedway today. Power units started with 500c & 650 cc singles, went to 880cc and 1000 cc twins and now they run the Japanese fours in an 1100 cc formula.
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Some of the sidecar stars of the 40s, 50s & 60s at a 1996 dinner..
L to R: Peter Speerin, Ray Robinson, Maurie Ford, Stan Bayliss, Jack Helback, Lionel Benson and Al Adlam.
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Click here to view the results of the Aussie Sidecar title since it's inception.
Research and results courtesy of Graeme Frost. - S.A.
Molly Mac Phee ( nee Chippindale ) was the post WWII Secretary of the Sydney Sports Ground Speedway Supporter's Club.She has shared her fabulous collection of photos from those days with us on ' JustSidecars '
A selection of pics of the Queensland sidecar boys.
Two Aussie Sidecar greats, the photo taken in 2000, ' Chook ' Hodgekiss ( left) and the late Bill Bingham. We lost Chook in March 2006.
Phil McCurtayne and Doug Tyerman in later years.
Taken on the final night of the famous Sydney Showground Speedway, 27.4.1996, L to R: Arthur Lincoln, Bob Levy
( hidden), Rob Lewis, Doug Robson, Peter White,
Geoff Grocott, Doug Tyerman & the late Ray Murray.
Sidecar action at Rowley Park. S.A. Photos from Kevin Trevan Collection.
A small collection of sidecar rider, Arthur Gleeson.
A small collection of photos from Gary Reid.
4 of the beautifully restored outfits at the inaugural Wangaratta Vintage Speedway Classic on the 1st October 2005.
South Australian Harry Denton with Bob Sierp in the chair.
Photo courtesy of Harry's daughter Joanne.
1960s midget driver, the late Don Newell had a nice collection of Sidecar pics.
This website was created and is maintained by Brian Darby.
This page was last updated: June 7, 2017
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A fine collection of photos from Bert Martin's career.
The Wells and Richardson Families were heavily involved in the running of Cumberland Oval Speedway - Parramatta in the late 1940s and 50s. A nice collection of Sidecar photos.
A NEW PHOTO DVD in 2014
Westmead Sidecar Action
Over 100 mostly unpublished PHOTOS of action from Westmead Speedway in the late '50s and early '60s.
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Some photos from Ron's son Michael.
The private photo collection of top Sydney Sidecar rider of the 1940s - 50 & 60s - Ern Hughan. Page One now published for your viewing.
Graham Grainger a Sidecar rider both on road and Speedway in the 1940s & 50s.
Sad to report
the passing of
SIDECAR legend Bob Levy, originally from Sydney, passed away on Queensland’s Gold Coast, where he had lived for many years, on June 5 after a battle with cancer. He was 79. Levy was the first competitor to win the Australian Sidecar Championship as a rider and a passenger. The feat has since been equalled by Justin Plaisted of South Australia. Levy partnered Bill Bingham to the national title at the Brisbane Ekka in 1962 and then won the crown in his own right as a rider at the Sydney Showground in 1966 with Colin Lewis as his passenger. He was also the only competitor to race seriously in four divisions at the Sydney Royale - Solos, Sidecars, Speedcars and Stock Cars. He won two NSW titles on the outfits - one as a rider and one as a passenger. He also competed in New Zealand where he won the North Island Sidecar Championship in 1965. He also won two Speedcar feature races at Western Springs in Auckland. An all-round motorcyclist, Levy took out two Queensland road race championships and finished his career as an ACU official at road race meetings. In the 1950s and 1960s the name Levy was considered speedway royalty in Sydney with Bob’s uncle Lionel Levy a topline Solo rider and another uncle, Clacker (Clarence), a topline Sidecar rider.
Bob is survived by his wife Pat and their sons Warrick and Reed. - Words from Peter White