Goomalling Classic Motor Races

Do you remember the Goomalling Classic motor races from the 1940s and 50s? A new history book “Goomalling’s Classic Racers” was published last year, about the time when Goomalling was the centre of motor sport activity in Western Australia.

Goomalling Classic motor races - Goomalling 1949

Between 1949 and 1955, Goomalling organised an annual carnival of motor racing to coincide with Foundation Day.

The Ariel Motor Cycle Club and the WA Sporting Car Club provided the competitors and the Goomalling community teamed together to run the event.

Goomalling Service Station - from the era of the Goomalling Classic Motor Races in the 1940s and 1950s

The objective was to raise funds for the War Memorial Swimming Pool and they achieved the objective admirably. The swimming pool Goomalling has today is thanks to the dedication of the community to arrange the event every year.

The races were hard fought and a great spectacle. When the first event was held in 1949, the whole track was not sealed and drivers would have to adapt between gravel and bitumen on the circuit. However, in later years the whole track around town was bitumenised.

Goomalling Classic motor races - Goomalling 1949 - car 2

The event was revived a decade or more ago, but insurance costs prevented a revival, however the Vintage Sports Car Club of WA (Inc) and the Shire of Goomalling have organised the Goomalling Flyer 2012 where the book was launched.

The book is written by Graeme Cocks, a motoring historian from Perth who has written histories of the motor racing at Albany, Dowerin, Boulder, Caversham and Melville. He has also written books on Bentley cars and he has contributed to many magazines around the world. He competes in Vintage Sports Car Club events himself with a 1928 Chrysler racer called Silverwings.

You can purchase a copy of the book through the Shire of Goomalling by email, by phone (08) 9629 1101, or at the Shire office. The book costs $39.95 picked up, or $46.55 if it is to be posted out to you (within Australia).

Alternatively you can contact Graeme Cocks by email, phone 9272 6854 or at 166 Ninth Avenue, Inglewood WA 6052.

The book has been supported by the Shire of Goomalling.