With regard to the recent (Brisbane) Courier Mail article, the Archerfield Speedway land is, and has, been actively for sale over the past few years.
The speedway will ultimately close, whether it be in the short-term, next season or in the next few years. It is no secret there is a lot of interest at the moment for a property such as this, which is prime commercial real estate.
The land is zoned industrial and has become too valuable to continue operation as a speedway. Furthermore, the land owners are creeping up in age, with both now over 80 years of age, having well and truly done their part for the sport by supplying a facility for the past 43 years.
It is time for the Queensland Government to start looking at opportunities to build a new capital city race track and follow their counterparts lead in New South Wales, with the recent building of Eastern Creek Speedway, and Western Australia with the Perth Motorplex construction in 2000.
You only have to look at South Australia to see the result of losing a capital city speedway and the effect it has on the competitor base. With the Olympics just around the corner, it is a great opportunity to build a new multi-purpose facility, primarily focusing on speedway.
For now, the speedway will continue to operate until such time as the land is sold unreservedly.
Next event at Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway is this Saturday May 28 with the Queensland Sprintcar Title, Midget 50 Lapper, Fireworks and more which will be followed by the Grand Finale on Saturday June 4 featuring the final round of the East Coast Logistics Series, the Wingless Sprint 50 Lapper and support racing.
For event details: www.brisbanespeedway.com.au/events.htm